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A Day In The Life


On Thursday, R.D. called me and told me he wanted to come down to Cheviot. He’d read my Snippet about working in the yard and had a few yard tools that he wanted to give me. Tools that he had multiples of and wanted to get rid of, but didn’t want to just throw away. He also wanted to take me out for lunch.

So yesterday morning, he arrived with a bunch of tools. A sledge Hammer, an axe, a mattock, a yard rake and a Sawzall with an assortment of blades. He also brought me a very pretty double bladed hatchet made by Estwing. I gave him the “Grand Tour” of the back yard and showed him the 78, which doesn’t really look that impressive down in the basement. R.D. had helped me unload it from the U-Haul truck when I moved all my stuff from Taxachusetts to Cheviot and he remembered the floppy handlebars and the fact that it had no front brakes. Both of those issues have been dealt with. We sat and had a cup of coffee and shot the bull for a while, then we headed out for Velvet Smoke.

When we got there, we both had the same thing; Burnt Ends and BBQ Beans. He really liked it a lot as, of course did I. I hadn’t been there since last summer and my memory about how good they were had faded a bit. They were wonderful! I knew that I liked them, but I had forgotten just how good they really were. The beans were also very good. I had Lemonade to drink and when we finished, I felt like a satiated, overstuffed zombie.

We came back to the house and spent a very pleasant afternoon in conversation talking about a wide variety of topics ranging from politics to farts (almost the same thing) to stories from our past. Just a good old fashioned Rap Session. It was the kind of day that brings to mind Ralph Waldo Emerson’s line that, “The way home from a Friend’s house is never long”.

R.D. left just after sunset and I had quite a bit to reflect on through the evening. One of the things I was thinking about was his comment that while he liked the BBQ from Woot’s (which is no longer in business), he felt it was just OK. I had loved it. But then I remembered that Mark hadn’t been impressed with the BBQ from Jim’s Smokin’ Que, while I think the ribs there are some of the flat out best I’ve ever tasted. So I came to the conclusion that BBQ falls into the same broad category as Pizza or Chinese Food.

I love good Pizza, as do most other people. However; the word Good is highly variable. My ex and I had different preferences when it came to Pizza. There were some places that I liked a lot, but she was only lukewarm about, and vice versa. There were only a couple of places that we both agreed on, but when we did, the Pizza was invariable superb. Then somebody else would tell me that the pizza from that place was garbage and they preferred pizza from someplace that I considered mediocre, at best.

The same holds true for Chinese. I’ve gotten food from some places that I loved, that others thought sucked. And the opposite holds true, as well. In my home town of Waltham, I liked the food from one place (whose name I can’t remember) a lot. And when Chinese food came up in conversation with my friend Bill, he had nothing good to say about it at all. I discovered that opinions on Chinese food were variable depending on the individual. Sometimes the best came from the little dive that looked like a Ptomaine Palace, and sometimes the beautiful upscale restaurant’s food sucked.

I could also extend this to helmets, but that would be getting even farther off from the original topic.

So, to get back to yesterday; R.D. and I had some great BBQ for lunch (which we both agreed on) and a very good Bull session that lasted all afternoon. And I have a bunch of new-to-me yard tools that will make working out back more enjoyable.

It was a Very Good Day.
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