I went to the corner convenience store this evening
and ran into an old friend that I hadn't seen since I
was a teenager and still living in my home town a
good 25 miles away. Turns out he is still running
race cars and is renting garage space where he works on
them right down the street from me. Not having much
to do I followed him to his garage to see his cars
and who else was there but ANOTHER old friend who
I haven't seen for an even longer time. HE is
renting some bays a little way down from the other
guy. Thick as thieves, we went to grade school and
high school together.
Between the two of them there is much banging, grinding,
and welding going on. They've been sending parts out
to machine shops to have work done on them and they
were lamenting their lack of a miller and a lathe.
Their eyes lit up when I told them that I have a small
machine shop in my basement and would be happy to do
their machining work for them (as long as it's not
anything that they'd be hanging anyone's safety on).
I haven't seen these guys in 30 years, and there they
were, right down the street, so close I could walk there
on my hands. Looks like I've got a new hang-out and some
really interesting projects in my future.
17 years ago