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  • Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    By Sean Ripple

    By not having the proper tools or attention span for the construction directions and having too many other plans today in addition to the building of this out-of-the-box chain store hutch, I'm typically unprepared for a task I've decided to commit myself to for a portion of my day.

    After finishing screwing in one side of a drawer connecting to the drawer backplate that went not that well, all the while thinking about wanting to study synthetic biology-this when I can't even handle a simple designed-for-lowest-common-denominator-furniture-construction, I realized the problem was not what, but how.

    How to solve the simple problem that isn't as simple as I would like it to be?

    First, I should travel to a store and buy a proper tool set. I wonder what that might be...a proper tool set? Oh ridiculous! Ask someone at the store what tool set is recommended for a first time tool set buyer. Nothing too anything in any one direction...as moderate as they come. I'm sure the store sells ten to twenty a day...at least on a good day. Handle buying the tool set, and then call off all other plans outside of solving this one simple problem that isn't as simple as you would like it to be. Have a beer or a glass of wine while you read the construction directions and follow out your own intuitive leanings as to how you should put the hutch together. Let the tools make sense in your hand, as it's most likely that you'll struggle a little when trying to use them. Don't let this bother you. Pep talk yourself through it like you're doing now and don't feel rushed or ashamed of the fact that you're pep talking yourself. Imagine that you're on a date with this little project. Enjoy making sense of the mess. Enjoy working through it. And most importantly, remember that this task will not go smoothly until you yield to its requirements and relax the need to get past it.

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    Blogger zen imbecile said ... (3:51 PM) : 

    If it makes you feel any better, my dad has a PhD in mechanical engineering and he can't put together a chain store hutch thinggummy. Oh the foul things that escape his mouth at such moments!


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