July 4, 2021 AsktheBuilder Newsletter
If you're a new subscriber and you speak Greek, I'd say "Teekanis" to you right now. You'd probably reply, "Cala!" Yes, yes, I know I butchered both words, but it's what my Greek bosses would say to me when I came to work each day at Skyline Chili in Cincinnati. Bottom Line: Hello! Bring more cheese out here to the steam table.
I'm actually writing about all my experiences at Skyline Chili in a book I'm producing for my youngest daughter. What we did with ice balls will make you roar with laughter. The restaurant had a Scotsman machine that made wonderful small cube ice that was perfect to make ice balls the size of baseballs. Use your imagination. But I digress!
That said, you may be a long-time subscriber who enjoys taking a stroll down memory lane with me each week. Years ago in the early days of Ask the Builder, I was in my office one morning thinking about a new column to write.
All of a sudden a memory of me sneaking into my Mom's bedroom while she was downstairs sloshed around in my tiny gray cells. I would slowly lift the lid to her lowboy cedar chest, bend over, and slowly inhale with my eyes closed. I loved that intoxicating aroma.
Not too many years after that, I'd also slowly inhale with some of my girlfriends, especially those that wore a perfume that smells like the current Indecent brand. I know, TMI!
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As for my Mom's cedar chest, it's now in my possession and I'd never give it up.
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It turns out I was in this minuscule minority of ten people in the USA who happened to like cedar chests and closets. That column turned out to be the biggest flop of Ask the Builder history!
opens in a new windowCLICK or TAP HERE to read it and discover lots about aromatic cedar and how you can restore it! Aromatic cedar is a winner and it's still available.
Happy Birthday Lady Liberty!
Do you like being told what to do knowing that if you don't do it you'll be punished? I didn't think so. Our Founding Fathers here in the USA didn't much care for it either and they kicked tyrannical King George and his liege lord buddies to the curb 245 years ago.
July 4, 1776 - a day that should forever live in world history as the birth of true freedom and liberty.
How smart our Founders were! They understood that we have unalienable rights given to us by God, not some other man who happens to wear a crown and is surrounded by sellswords who pledge their fealty just because the powerful man (king) provides them food, shelter, and allows them to keep their heads on their shoulders.
Do you know what unalienable means? It means impossible to be taken away. Yet right now, there are quite a few people around you trying to tell you what to do, when you can do it, and doing their best to slowly strip you of your unalienable rights all while they distract you.
That's not a polite thing to do at a birthday party for goodness sake!
I suggest we take a big piece of birthday cake and smash it in their faces! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Or better yet, we can use a shaving cream pie so we don't waste the tasty birthday cake. Most definitely we do NOT want to throw mocha chip ice cream at these bad folk. That frozen delicacy needs to be in our stomachs!
Enjoy the day and try to reflect on what July 4th in the USA really means. It's not all about hot dogs, brats, and fireworks.
If you want to really grasp what's in play and happening each day right here in the USA, and your country too if you're not a US citizen, opens in a new windowwatch this short video clip and start to read the first book in the series.
"...There is no middle ground."
Really focus on the last two sentences Cersei says to Ned. Focus on the emotion and determination in her voice.
Cersei - you absolutely don't want to be on her bad side.
3D Printed Houses - Slooooow Down
My son has a 3D printer and has made some amazing things with it. If you can dream it, software can help you design it, and a precision printer can create your vision in hours.
But what about upping your game? Use a printer that oozes mortar and create a house. There's lots of gushing going on about these 3D printed houses, but as often is the case, you're hearing and seeing just half the truth.
And you know the old saying, right?
A half-truth is a whole lie.
opens in a new windowCLICK or TAP HERE to discover the not-so-pleasant underbelly of 3D printed houses. Yes, the moniker my kids have given me continues to live on.
As they grew up, they affectionately labeled me as the Dream Crusher.
I would retort, "You know nothing. I'm the Truth Teller."
Bats in Your Belfry, er Your Attic
Bats have been given a pretty bad wrap by Hollywood wouldn't you say? You almost always see them in horror movies.
Think how many mosquito bites you'd have if they weren't flapping around each summer night.
I remember as a kid being fascinated by bats as they'd swoop around just above the heads of my neighborhood buddies and me on those sultry and steamy summer nights. We'd try to stay out after dark as long as we could soaking up all that was wonderful in our tiny world of blinking fireflies on Riddle View Lane.
Bats are like us and they do need to rest. If you're like most, you don't want them creating Zzzzzzs up in your attic.
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That's quite enough for a holiday weekend.
I suggest you reflect on whether or not it's such a good idea to pledge your fealty to those that want to tell you what to do.
As George C. Scott said in the open of the famous movie Patton, "The thought of it is hateful."
Do It Right, Not Over!
P.S. How did you do last week in the fun opens in a new windowRechargeable Battery quiz? Were you in the vast majority that want a fantastic affordable charger that RESTORES to like-new condition worn-out rechargeable batteries? Who were the folks that said "No"? Crazy!