I admit it, off times I get a little bored sitting on the mountain all day. You might think I drink beer all day, but that’s just not true, I like Rum also. Yet I don’t do that every day either. I have a lot to keep me busy, and with the “Honey Do’s” added in, it can be a full day.
There’s firing up the New Old car and going to the big “Olongapo City”, having a nice lunch with friends, or visiting one of the many beaches available here. Then there is the day off. My Father had pointed out to me when I was working, that the downside of retirement was “No days off”. So I thought I’d just plan myself a day off every week, where I do only what I want to do. To show that I’m a good guy, my wife has the same rights as me, if she’s not in the mood to do much that day. I just smile and tell her to take the day off, as I do.
On my days off I go to the Man Cave out back and play with my tools. (Don’t go there in your mind) I mean my power tools. Once a month this guy prowls my purok with a horse and overloaded wagon. Selling odd and unusual items, Items you don’t really need, but just want. Again my hat goes off to the ingenuity of the Philipino people, when I spotted the folding lawn chairs and tables made of wood hanging from the side of the wagon. They were unfinished and poorly constructed, using bent nails to act as pivot points, on both items. Yet the idea is simple and brilliant. And they sell for only a few hundred pesos each. That helps to understand why they’re not built that well.
I bought up a few of the chairs and tables, and the guy even delivered them to my man cave out back. Now I see my wife Mayang, giving me a strange look and scratching her head. And asked me why I wanted them, and did I know that they’ll rot and fall apart within a month. I smiled and said, “They won’t when I’m done with them.”
First I took them apart, and sanded them to a smooth finish. Next I stained them and sanded again. Then I coated them with Polyurethane for a glossy shine and waterproofing. BTW: It takes quite a few of my days off to do all that, as I do like to pace myself, after all it’s my day off. Now that all the prep work is done I’ll reassemble using screws, and bolts for the pivot points. The bolts take time as I must recess them into the wood so the units will fold smoothly.
My wife normally stays clear of the Man Cave unless its laundry day, as her dryer is allowed to be there. (Like I had a choice?) So when I’m done putting them together, she views them with surprise, and deemed them as a good thing. The following day one chair and table are given to her Mother, so she can sit and be comfortable on her patio. I received high praise and many pogi points for that. Next my friend wants a set for his patio off of his bedroom, to have coffee and watch the sunrise. (He’s still sailing and is only home for short periods at a time), Then other friends… You see where I’m going with this, don’t you.
Anyway, it’s fun for me, and I received a lot of pleasure doing it. I know I could build them from scratch, but its cheaper buying them pre-built than buying the wood. I built a set of wooden Adirondack lawn chairs a few years back, they were too heavy to move and I stopped doing that quickly. So if boredom sets in, pick up a hammer and give it a try. Or don’t for that matter. Just enjoy you days off. OH! There is nothing wrong with a cold San Magoo, after a tough day at the Man Cave. (“Man Cave”, term courtesy of Neal from R.I.) But, It’s mine now!!!!