Saturday, May 19, 2018


A GREAT SATURDAY, WHILE KEEPING AN EYE ON THE 12 HOUR BRISKET FOR TOMORROW, MY ROOMMATE AND I MADE THE FIRST OF 5 BIRD HOUSES FOR HIS PARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN.  IT WAS FUN.  TOMORROW THE GRANDCHILDREN HAVE TO CHOOSE THREE COLORS FOR EACH BIRD HOUSE.  THEN MY ROOMMATE'S SON WILL PAINT FLOWERS ON THE BIRD HOUSES.

Guys our weather is amazing.  I can do wood work blindfolded.  You would be amazed as to how many wood making tools I have.  Nothing like the smell of cut wood.  It is sad our schools no longer teach this.  My roommate learned a lot and we had a lot of fun.

Now that we have it down, in the morning we will cut all of the wood in an hour for 5 more, a little glue, a few nails and primer and they will be ready for his grandchildren to choose the colors during tomorrow's party.

A SIDE NOTE - SOMEONE ASKED - HOW I DRESS

I do miss wearing my Brooks Brother suits.  As everyone knows on election night I never attend a victory party or go to the elections office for the returns.  I am provided the returns electronically at the same time as the candidates which is why the BV always has the best election night returns.

Even on March 6th when in NY, my nephew hooked me up to his wifi, and while I was eating my favorite Chinese of eggplant in a garlic dark  sauce with fried rice noodles, when the election returns hit, I stopped eating and posted the numbers with my projected winners.  No one beats the BV.

If your Guayabera costs less than $75 I say do not bother.   I have many made of cotton, linen, and hemp.  There is no synthetic fiber in any of my clothes.  I just bought three semi Guayabera shirts made from hemp.  I hope to get them next week.

I only dress up for formal events, a party for a patriarch or matriarch - it was how I was raised.  Otherwise just be happy I have clothes on at all.

I truly hate ties, which is why I prefer a nice dress Guayabera.

My dress boots -  You can see one set is a lot more formal than the other.


DINNER ON ELECTION NIGHT

I have not decided yet.  It will be eggplant Parmesan or lasagna.  Everything fresh and homemade of course, with a nice Italian sweet red wine.  You never buy an American sweet red,  They are not the same.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"It is sad our schools no longer teach this."

Sorry, such statement is incorrect. The following courses can be found in the BISD 2017-2018 High School Course Listing Guide (page 116).

Program of Study: Construction Technology

300531(2) Principles of Construction
300621(2) Construction Technology I
300591(2) Construction Technology II
300601(2) Practicum in Construction Management

In addition, the students participating in this program of study, are able to join the student organization, Skills USA, and compete at district, state and national skills competition with their projects. Some of the projects may be a simple bird house to a more sophisticated living room entertainment furniture center.

A few years ago, I inherited my mother's old Singer Sawing machine. The cabinet to the sawing machine was falling apart. I took the sawing machine to Lincoln Park School Construction Class where the students refurbished the cabinet and painted the frame of the sawing machine. My mother's Singer Sawing Machine looks like new because of the wonderful job done by the students of Lincoln Park School Construction Class.

BobbyWC said...

Thanks for the information, but I am aware of this program. It is not what I was talking about. In my day 7-12th grade the boys had shop. By 12th grade they allowed girls in. It wasn't a program. It did not matter is you were working towards becoming a famous playwrite - which one friend became. You had to learn plumbing, electrical, construction, molds which also included tooling molds. With each year your skill set got better. It was part of an idea that everyone needed a balanced education.

This is long gone. You should be able to want to be a doctor, but also be able to take general shop without having to choose a program such as you reference.

No one I know in Brownsville was ever trained in any of this. This is why I teach them. The only electrical I do do not do is connect to the box. In a few weeks I will do recess lighting in my family room. The lights and wires will all be installed and run through the attic. I will then pay someone to connect the line to the box. I learned all of this while preparing for a good liberal arts education. I was allowed both, in fact forced to take both.

Bobby WC
Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

The Construction Technology program of study is a pathway that the student are free to choose in preparing for a career in this area. However, any student in a different pathway can select these courses as an elective for the improvement of self knowledge in such area as you stated. What makes it impossible for students to select them as an elective is all the curriculum requires of the state for graduation. For many, some of this requirements are not suited for what the future will bring to these students.

An example of what you are stating is a student interested in becoming an Aerospace Engineer. This course of study requires for the student to following a pathway requiring specific courses in the area of engineering and lot of math. However, if he take a course in auto technology or machine shop as an elective, the student will benefit in learning specific skills for self improving and something of interest to him. Perhaps those skills could connect and transfer to his future career in Aerospace Engineering or simply save him lots of money in fixing his automobile.