Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – no matter if I have said it! – except it agree with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. the Buddha

Necessity = momma

You know the saying, “neccesity is the mother of invention “; I’d not be surprised to hear an axiom “poverty breeds creativity” or some such.

Most all of my more creative moments coming up with things have been of the “beyond frugal, I’m frickin broke ” types. For instance, just today, I settled the footcontrol issue and it cost me nothing. I pulled everything apart to get a good look at it and realized that the locks on yhe footrests were removable without destruction. I took ’em off, tethered the cables to the rest, re-installed, and voila! Foot controls. Water testing will commence this weekend, yes!

Some of you may be aware of a fellow by the name Dave Gingery (no longer with us but his son continues in his footsteps). One of his sayings was “I try to figure out how to do a $50 job for $.50, then the rest of the time finding the $.50.” He wrote a series of books back in the 80’s on how to make a machine shop from scrap/scratch. Currently, all of those books are now in one volume and well worth the money, even if you only glean it for nuggets. I’ve heard the arguments from dedicated machinists that Gingery machines are ‘f♤●ked’ or ‘ dangerous’ but from a guy living his dream and creating REAL tools out of the trash around him,,,

And there may be a day when that is all we have to work with.

Well, those books are what inspired me to really dig into things. They are the doorway that I opened into so many other disciplines, and the humbling I received when I realized that I can NEVER know all of it. I am a jack of all trades, master of none, and my nickname of late is ‘McGuyver’. My boss doesnt supervise me, he just points in a direction, says ‘this is what we need’ , and gets on with his day, leaving me to my resources. I get stumped; I just worry at it like a dog worries a bone, and something will bubble to the surface. Like these footcontrols, all it took was a full picture and the solution fell into place.

Neccesity helps, oodles. Lack of finances encourages work arounds. Those workarounds accumulate as experience, and experience will carry you through. Confidence in oneself provides support through the rough times. Since 2007, its been rough, and yet, I have never given up or fallen flat, and things just keep going; getting better even.

So, with the end of my little word spill, I raise a Glass to the real Mother; Neccesity.


2 responses

  1. Folks such as you and I , will always do just fine…come the day.
    After all, if a man built it to begin with. We can figure out how, and do it from scratch again, if needs be eh ?

    August 10, 2018 at 4:31 am

    • Ayup! You could say we hold a “mechanical advantage”; to play with words. Its funny that you and I arent unique in this world, but we seem mighty thin on the ground lately.

      August 10, 2018 at 5:48 am

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