Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Time again, but just a little later.
I honestly cannot remember when I built a house last. I worry about my memory at times. In all honesty, I will probably never build another. I still use that word 'probably' modifying the word 'never' just a little, because I cannot force myself to say I am through. My General Contractor's License application for 2017 came two months ago. In my younger years I whipped it out, filled in the blanks, had it notarized, wrote them a check and mailed the application 'registered mail'. This is the latest I have ever waited. Last night I gave in and 'done the deed'. All it needs is the check and notary.
I have never built a house that I did not drive some of the nails. It wasn't necessary. After the first few houses, I always had reliable carpenters and sub-contractors. So I know if I wanted to now, I could put a crew together and just watch! You can smell the dirt and wood as you watch, at any age, methinks.
Other contractors I knew called it a 'rat-race'. That was seldom true for me, I loved it. I am loving what is here to do. Some folk and family (I think) see me as just trying to prove something. In a way I am. It is a personal challenge to overcome problems that arise.
Maybe I am wrong, but I don't see myself as much different as the average human. Everyone's challenges and problems are different, but as long as your mind is alert and you are physically able you want to keep doing what you love, even if it is playing Bingo, climbing a mountain, walking on the beach or shopping for your OWN groceries and clothes. For some it is simply continuing to drive their own car and reading the paper.
Times change, I bought milk yesterday that will last until next year?..WOW... So, after my 78th birthday next year, if I get an e-mail saying, "Jack, got some plans for you to look over, Just your type of house, can you get to it?"
I can think, ‘my license are still good in North Carolina!’
You know? That would be a great way to spend a summer. LOL (Right Sherry?)
Me 'n this LaSalle wuz born the same year 1939!