Astronauts, Locking Pliers and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Hello Regulars,

Sorry for the radio silence the last few days.  Conducting an active job search and learning the proper meditation techniques to keep from going postal when one day it’s 60 degrees and two days later you’re blowing snow can monopolize a fellow’s time and attention.

However, even when you’re rolling the dice on the decisions which will determine the direction of the rest of your working life, you’re never too busy to learn something new.  Here are a few of the things that came to mind in the last few days while I was off the grid:

  • Locking pliers may not be the tool of choice when fixing a sticky valve on a coronet.
  • The maximum length of most stained glass stock is four feet.
  • When you decide to save time carving your first pipestone (Catlinite) ceremonial pipe by firing up the orbital sander, prepare to have your entire existence covered in fine pink dust.
  • Growing up during the Apollo Space Program taught me that being smart, dreaming big and unselfishly working as a team are traits to be celebrated.
  •  For the first time in 10 years I listened to conservative talk radio for an entire day. I worked in the field for about 20 years, which I guess make me an expert of sorts. I found the same hosts talking about the same stuff, vilifying the same people, perpetuating the same conspiracies and predicting the same Armageddon.  It’s remarkable how little it had changed.
  • It’s March, so why am I not in Florida for Spring Training?
  • A South Dakotan’s innate ability to scrounge is an under appreciated talent. Making do with what you have around you serves us well in both bad times and good.
  • Painting and being in a hurry are not compatible.
  • Try as I might, I am not able to keep the inside of a car clean for more than a day and a half.
  • The connectivity of social media can bring out the best in us. The anonymity of social media can bring out the worst in us.
  • It’s a good day when you dig through 500 dusty, scratched and moldy Guy Lombardo and Ferrante and Teicher LP’s, then number 501 is an unopened Sister Rosetta Tharpe LP on Harlem Hit Parade Records.
  • Compassion, empathy and loyalty used to be valuable and positive traits. Today I fear they are seen as weaknesses to be exploited.

As a young person, I always assumed that as I got older I would find more and more answers to life’s big questions. The reality is just the opposite. The older I get, the less I know for certain.  However, there are three things experience has taught me which I believe are absolutely true:

1) People hate change.

2)  Its never too cold for ice cream.

3) There is always room for pie.


After that I tend to keep an open mind.  Have a great week, and I promise to check in a bit more often.  JT

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