Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Best Tool for the Job

Any job that requires a tool, deserves the best.
In a pinch, I have found myself using a wrench as a hammer and a hammer as a wrench. Knifes as screw drivers can be bad for both he tool and the hand, but at the right moment will work well and get the job done without having to go find the proper tool and take the extra time.
As time goes on it seems as if we need more speciality tools to do the simplest thing, I think it all started with Mr. Phillips and the invention of his cross point screwdriver now known as the "Phillips Head" He is good friends with Mr. Allen and new to town, Mr Torx. Bastards! Couldn't they jest leave well enough alone?
The job of walking got complicated with the invention of the bicycle. Needing to do something faster usually does. Just how to cycle became more complicated with the starting of the patent office. Who gets credit and paid for how we choose to do things is very complicated indeed!
Over the years with the invention of some new tools, frendships have ended and friends gone there own ways. Some I'm sure some of them never talked again.
The guy with the first chain saw I'm sure pissed off all his friends with their old style of wood cutting. The noise, the smoke, and the speed of how much wood you could cut up in one tenth the time. It drowned out the chop chop chop of the lonely axe for sure. You know they all smiled when the first chain saw operator's cut themselves. Served them right for being so,,,,,New, Or something like that.
Here in New England we are the first to invent something, but the last to except it. If it was really that good or needed, someone would have invented it already.
Just what was the first guy with the first cell phone trying to prove? Couldn't he wait to make or receive a call? What kind of person needs to have a phone all the time anyway? Everyone?
The "Art" of photography went away the day we changed from Photo-Chemical process to Digital, Didn't it? Nope!
Trying something new can always be an experience. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Having the knowledge of at least trying the new tool can be reassuring that your opinion was correct or prove you wrong.
One of my all time favorite Bicycle Moments was with a Senior Cyclist, Joseph Cote.
On the subject of Fixed Gear Bicycle Riding, he told me that when he was a winning bicycle racer back in the 30's, that when ever anybody showed up with "one of those derailleur bikes" They knew they were out of shape!
Funny how things change!


  1. Dude.... what's with the masthead picture today? Dover is sure looking a lot like North Light on B.I.

  2. Recumbent is the best tool for bike riding! It is also nice to have a cell phone when out riding for a security blanket. I will be 59 in a couple of days so I got a laugh the other day while passing a white haired gent who was doing the stutter step down the sidewalk of someone who has had to much to drink. I rang my bell to alert him to my passing. As I went by he said, "COOL Bike! I going to get one like that when I get old too!"


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