6/03/2009

Raw Talent

My father is an amazing handyman. Over the course of his life, he has held jobs that involved fixing cars, building houses, fixing/building helicopters. I don't think there's much of anything he couldn't fix. I enjoyed working with him on various projects while growing up (except the aforementioned repairs on Red Fred.)

My mom is quite the seamstress. She sanity checks me on projects that I'm doing from scratch. She is my go-to-person on sewing questions, especially for the directions that come in patterns, because those things are written in a language only Lilliputians can decipher, and I don't know any Lilliputians.

Due to these great skills & knowledge bases my parents have passed on to me, I generally label myself as moderately crafty and an okay "handyman". My mathematical & logic-thinking brain has served me well in tackling new projects, at the very least enabling me to be able to figure out what questions to ask. And I do have the common sense to know when a project has gotten over my head (And I don't do anything with electricity or plumbing, but I know to turn them off if there's work to be done.) I think I generally fair well on projects. My errors usually come from getting in a hurry or something that wasn't foreseeable.

Several years ago, my dad taught me how to hang drywall. He reminded me of the old adage "Measure twice, cut once." Perhaps he should've told me: "Measure twice, remove measurement device, cut once."

8 comments:

Jenn Ann said...

LMAO! That's totally something I'd do!

Andrea said...

Too funny! I'm sure there is SOME WAY you can blame this on a small person instead of yourself!

Andrea said...

So, you now have a tape measure that stops perfectly at 74"!! I can only use plastic rulers and rotary cutters when I'm working with fabric. The tape measure is used to measure a spot and then mark it with a pencil, then cut with the rotary.

Bless you for being so crafty and handy!!

Jane: a female given name of English origin said...

RO!!!! Now I understand facebook status :)

Queen B said...

hahahaha!

Ruthie Girl said...

This is one of the best pictures ever! Thanks for sharing.

I love your Dad!

Anonymous said...

Better to have cut the tape than the wrong place. Thanks for the wonderful compliments of our talents. You are a great student and I'm glad you can help me on my projects now. By the way - how is your present sewing project coming along??? Mom

Kim Thomas said...

RO! I am with Laura, I was wondering what this was about on Facebook.