Saturday, October 8, 2011

Communications Skills 101

Might actually get a passing grade - after 35 years! And a basement entryway, to boot!!!



Not sure exactly whether it was a certain word or phrase or the intonation used . . . or if it was son #2 using the word 'redneck' in his description. Whatever it was, LOML and I made a trip to your friendly {ha, ha} hardware and lumber store to see if we can get a passing grade on our first assignment in Communications Skills 101. Partners were pre-assigned so LOML was stuck with me.




Of course, we couldn't go anywhere until LOML had

finished his schematic drawing to refer to as the blueprints.

Finally, clipboard in tow, we were off!




Our first loaded selection. LOML looks sincerely happy,

don't you think? What man wouldn't be - he's in a manly

store! Did you know, you can't successfully steer one of

these carts with your non-dominate side? Well, I can't

anyway! I took out a few corners and one fellow shopper

and had one lady offer her teenage son for help.




Could he seriously be praying already? We've only

begun! Honestly he's studying his clipboard.




Once I realized this was not going to be an 'in-and-out' excursion,

I came to the rescue like those faithful St. Bernard dogs with the barrel

strapped around their neck. You can see we've added a bit more to our

cart as well as actually adding a whole other cart. How fair is that?

Now we both have a cart to push/pull!




Ah, yes, it's exhausting sitting on the cart watching

LOML make decisions. Actually we waited for

over 20 minutes for someone to come and help us

at one point. How many employees does it take to decide

they need to get a ladder? Not a happy shopper!






This is what I felt like when we were finally finished!

Now I know how LOML feels when I make him go

in a fabric store with me!




Look at those muscles bulge and burn! What a man!




LOML is pacifying me. I have a hard time believing

that objects with no barrier, no matter how heavy they are,

will not slide out and cause an ugly accident on the way home.




Loaded up and ready to go . . . find supper, that is.

All this lifting and deciding and waiting and pulling

slivers out of your fingers is hard work!




      • Studs {besides LOML} ...................................... check

      • Screws ............................................................... check

      • Flashing ............................................................. check

      • Storm Door ........................................................ check

      • Wafer Board ...................................................... check

      • Exterior Wood ................................................... check

      • Paint ................................................................... check

      • Metal Hardware Stuff ........................................ check

      • Cute little Thanksgiving Cookbook thing ......... check

      • Clipboard with blueprints and notes .................. check






So, I guess all I can say is stay tuned to see if we actually pass our final exam in this Communication Skills 101 class and we not only end up with a finished product that we both expected but we're still on speaking terms!

3 comments:

  1. Good luck! I'm sure Adam would be willing to help or supervise.

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  2. I could offer to supervise if I lived up there but, if I remember correctly, our loving mother, who went on a road trip with you once, tried supervising (telling him how to drive) and she was told to sit back and "shut up". Did I get that story right? Good luck in your project.

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  3. Looks good dad! We will make it as redneck as possible. Did you tell Mom you found another camper shell to use for the roof. Cant wait to come in a couple weeks. Hope the weather is good.

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