Thursday, May 5, 2016

Captain Wonderful

The Captain of my boat is pretty wonderful; in fact some have even referred to him as a saint, but that's a whole 'nother post.

Not only does he drive our little ship anywhere we want to go, but he repairs and maintains all the onboard systems. And he doesn't just drive boats, he also pilots race cars, motorcycles, airplanes and helicopters. For many years he taught people to fly helicopters. I can't imagine anything more scary than sitting calmly and letting a novice drive something that doesn't really want to fly, but he graduated several students during his tenure.

But his skills don't end at aeronautical and nautical pursuits. He can also perform any task required in terms of the construction trade. And thank goodness, because we really needed his skills at my Dad's house.

For seven weeks he worked eight hours a day, almost seven days a week doing everything from demolition and framing to drywall and finish carpentry. He operated jackhammers, chainsaws, posthole diggers, texturing hoppers, and sewer snakes. He evaluated, planned, procured a permit, and repaired an amazing amount of problems at that old house. He soldered the new copper waterlines, taped and textured, installed crown mouldings, and rebuilt the 70 year old lockset on the front door.

Throughout it all he worked tirelessly and kept his sense of humor and that's why I call him Captain Wonderful. 

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