Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mistakes

We're supposed to make mistakes...

Billy Joel, You're Only Human, 1985


I made a mistake.

If I had followed through and completed the work I would have looked like a rank amateur who didn't know how to read a measuring tape. I do know how to read a tape, I was lead carpenter/foreman on over ten residential homes and I always checked and rechecked every measurement. I use to find layout mistakes that the architect made on the blue prints.

Where I grew up, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California


For some reason, when I was first laying out the project I am speaking of, the number "12" was instead of "12.5". I caught this error on a piece of wood that was going into the project and I fixed it and fixed its relationship to the whole.

Problem is I forgot to look for "12" else where in the project.


Lassen Peak from Kings Creek Meadows, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California


Talk about getting stuck in La-La land.

The project was taken apart this morning, material was saved and a new part was made so that all measurements were in relationship to each other.

So what, I lost 2 days of work due to this mistake, the end project is still going to be amazing.

Our meadow earlier this winter


This afternoon I made a cup of espresso, sat out on the porch and thought about how lucky I am to married to the most beautiful woman on Earth; that I get to live in Colorado and the West; and I remembered that everything is a journey and to enjoy what happens to me along the way. Life is the only destination.








1 comment:

  1. You can't trust measuring tapes / rules. They have way too many marks on them.

    Throw them all away and measure everything relative to something else.

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