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the story of an invisible girl
Powertools and Swingsets
Last weekend M and I went to the house of some friends of his. They had purchased a swingset kit over the internet and needed some assistance putting it together. Initially they'd just asked M, but I told him that I could easily be talked into construction work also. I enjoy that kind of thing occasionally -- spending an afternoon working with friends, doing something with my hands, producing something tangible.

They said they also had a big shrubbery that needed removing, so I brought my new reciprocating saw. As I showed it off, M told the story of its purchase. "So we go to Lowes, and I'm buying a cover for my grill while my girlfriend buys a powertool! I was feeling a little emasculated...."

Our friend said, "Wow M, I'm proud of you. I've never heard you use that word before."

"What, powertool?"

"No, girlfriend."

I laughed. Hopefully she hasn't heard him use the word 'emasculated' all that often either, or that could be trouble. However I think she was so distracted by the word 'girlfriend' that she didn't even notice I had a cool reciprocating saw..... It did a great job of removing the offending shrub though.

Sadly in the end, the project was less than successful. It turned out we were missing some parts. We were supposed to be building a tower with a ladder, a climbing wall, a rope ladder, a long pole with monkey bars and swings hanging down, and a triangle support at the other end. We only managed a tower with a ladder before we realized that several crucial pieces were not in the package. Since it was an internet purchase, we had to call to have the additional parts shipped. (Not only were they unwilling to helicopter them in so we could finish that afternoon, they weren't even willing to answer the phone on a saturday afternoon! Frustrating.)

The little kid we were building it for was a trouper though. He played on the part we had built -- which really just involved climbing up and down the ladder -- without complaint. In fact, he seemed to enjoy it. At only three years old, I'm not sure he really believed he could have a whole swingset anyway. Imagine how much more he'll like it when the darn thing is finished!


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From: writerwench Date: May 2nd, 2008 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
How lovely! Yeah... 'girlfriend'... it's a very WARM word.
I'm sure the kid will be thrilled to have anything at all to play on, that is ALL HIS.

Bear and I both love wandering around big DIY stores, looking at the power tools as if they were candy. After all, this is the man who gave me a cordless screwdriver AND a belt-driven sander/linisher for my birthday... heck, the whole issue of which sex uses which tools is a bit old-fashioned nowadays, surely?
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: May 3rd, 2008 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I could really use that saw. I've got two treelets in my yard that need wacking. Hmm... I might need to go walkies over to your place Real Soon Now and borrow that for an evening.

Of course, you could meet the new dog too. Yes, I'll need to keep this in mind.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 4th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You'd be welcome to come by anytime. Just double-check that I'm home first, of course. I'd love to meet the new doggie.

Meeting with your nephew tomorrow!
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