From the beginning of our RV’ing life I have had a small 1’x1’x3/4” piece of plywood riding in the basement of our motor home. Significant? you bet. In the building business we don’t always carry a note book or clipboard. When it comes time to make a note, anything works. I have left messages for subcontractors and workers on (my favorite) scrap drywall, boards & walls. I have taken a scrap of lumber with my list to the lumber yard. Most builders have.
(Ben with my hammer, he did become a carpenter)
(Luke Vegas, on the Yanmar, I think he is going to be a military guy)
Some folk know I worked years with my son Mark. Mark turned into a master builder. I have had many folk come to me and say, you taught Mark well. I have to admit to them, I did open the way for him, but most of his techniques he learned from other carpenters. I tried to teach him honesty and that his word was his bond. I tried to teach him to give the customer more than his monies worth. I think he did. The scrap piece of 3/4 ply wood I carry is from two of the last houses we built together. We built side by side, and of course, shared the work on both houses. The scrap is a note to him that I had gone to another building site to take delivery of some bathtub/shower units. I just saved it as a memory.
(This is Corey and Ben, Both became carpenters. I have more letters from Corey than anyone of the grandkids.)
Vernon, that I mentioned in another entry, had taken down a couple trees on these lots and got covered with poison Ivy. I remember it well. But I remember most of all the building and working with Mark.
After that he went on his own. That scrap means a lot to me. I take it out many times, no one knows but me, but I remember the good times.
This is Mark & Corinne’s crew, Luke in our beauties arms(Sherece) , Mark and my man Matt. (Sherece is the GRANDAUGHTER!)
My man Matt, College man now at ECU
I am a saver. This entry was inspired because I went thru a file I have, Labeled “Family”. I have most of the letters and e-mails I have received from our sons and grand kids. I have some of the basic art of 3 & 4 year olds. I am missing some, they must be in a file in storage. I have one that especially means so much, written by Matt. His Dad gave it to me, it was submitted as a HS paper, entitled someone I admire, Matt chose ‘My Grandpa’. What a neat thing to do.
(Steve & Josh, they will not be carpenters, Steve is into music & Josh is into software)
For some reason I have two report cards for Josh & Steve. I have Sherry’s Dad & Mom’s marriage license. There is a space for nationality/race. They are listed as Americans. So, Sherry said, “I was made in America, and that proves it.”
Thanks for coming by the log,
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
-- Will Rogers
TR-6, Mark owned one of these.