Ed on the Ridge
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- May 14, 2011
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- On the Ridge, TN
True that - and I'm sure I'm not alone in coming from very humble roots, which meant growing up watchingAs always, hidden in the humor are nuggets of truth.
I wasn’t trained but I have learned how to replace faucets and toilets, change out electrical outlets, paint walls and do many other things unrelated to my chosen career. Being a classic car guy meant that I had to learn how to do a lot of things if I wanted to get them done within my income level. That carried over to home repairs as well. My brother in law isn’t great with cars but is handy at home maintenance and repairs.
our fathers be the "fix-it man" out of sheer necessity - not having the money to hire out anything much.
Mini Ed Story Time:
My dad came from even more disparate times, having had to quit school and go to work at 14 when his own
dad passed away...
He learned how to get a lot out of very little, including a lot of $20 cars and such - and as such, even in later
years when he had a little more to spend, he still insisted on doing things as cheaply as he could manage.
Me being the oldest son, growing up my dad was pretty much my hero and I always wanted to learn from
him how to do this and that.
In all honesty, though - as I grew up, sometimes I'd realize there were better ways of doing some of it for a little
more $$$, so I went "Pop - Stage 2" as I learned this repair or that "fix-it".
Tools were a favorite subject of discussion between us - he being of the "buy the cheapest tools because if you
lose or break it, big deal - buy another cheap one" versus my own "get the better stuff so your knuckles aren't
so beat to hell".
Towards the end of his life, we had pretty much grown at odds on how to do home improvements or vehicle
repairs - and in hindsight, I didn't cut him enough slack (i.e., didn't respect him enough) to acknowledge
the humble foundation he came from and why he was frugal (cheap) to the end, even when he didn't have
to be; it was engrained in him earnestly.
I should have been better about it....but my own methods of "research it to death" and trying to learn it
"the right way" by observing others, reading instruction, all that crap...was (and is) engrained in me the
But here's the thing (now I know):
I am the way I am - with how I go at projects and repairs and such - because I come from a little better
foundation than he did, thanks to him.
The man sacrificed for us kids for so many years - all the money he could have used to have a hobby or
do projects or such like any other dad was instead earmarked for us kids to play sports or my sister to
cheerlead or any of a number of other things kids wanted to do.
So, what I'm saying is there's a number of reasons why some folks are so dang hellbent on fixing things
themselves - and why others don't even have a clue how to try to do so and wind up having to hire it out.
I'm very grateful now; wish I had been a little more when he was alive.