The Right Fool for the Job


| 7/20/2007 4:27:41 PM


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Flower for Fool 

My friends who are handy and competent in mechanical matters love to extol the virtues of “the right tool for the job.” I appreciate this perspective in the same sense that I appreciate the perspective of those who love ballet. I get it, but I don’t GET it.

I use whatever’s handy. And because my tools are scattered randomly throughout my barn, garage, utility room, bedroom, nightstand and master bathroom (rather than rigorously organized on the pegboard above the workbench, the way my dad keeps them), I’m apt to use most anything.

Just this week, for instance, I used a pipe wrench (the least appropriate wrench possible) and a piece of galvanized pipe to attach a mower to the tractor. I used a screwdriver, rather than fencing pliers, to repair the clips a chain-link handling pen. A few hours later, I used the fencing pliers to remove a screw.

Anyone can use the appropriate tool. It takes an artist to work the way I do.

And like many artists, sometimes I must destroy to create.

bryan
1/21/2008 1:33:32 PM

Thanks, Stewart. Every word of it is, regrettably, true.


stewart mullins
1/20/2008 2:12:17 AM

thats hilarious and inspirational!





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