My friend Boid
When I was 13-years old, I got my first parakeet. Over the years, I've fine tuned how to get a bird like Boid to be tame.
- Move slowly around a new bird. Especially when reaching into the cage.
- Let the bird decide on its own when it will jump on you. ie; Don't chase the bird around his cage trying to get it to be on your finger!
- Let the bird have freedom by leaving the cage door open. Doing this presents some challenges [Restricting the bird to only one room. Bird proofing the room.]
Baby Boid #1
During my years RVing in Mexico [I lived in Mexico fulltime from 2007 to 2013], I bought a parakeet. His name was Baby Boid.
Here is a video of Baby Boid #1 talking:
1:30pm - Lunch
I'd been working on the cabinet drawers for a couple of hours when I began to feel hunger pangs. Time for lunch!
While eating, I read my email. One from a long time Reader asked me why it took me so long to finish the cabinet drawer project? Her husband had glanced at my Blog, and being a cabinet maker, he got interested.
Her husband told her, "I could have finished that whole thing in about 4-hours! He's been working on it for weeks!"
Wow! I love it when Readers talk about me! 😜
I replied explaining about my being slow. "I love this work, and don't want it to end," I explained. This is true. But only partially true.
The true "Slow cabinet maker" story
I had worked for Emminger, a cabinet shop in Martinez, California. I started there as an apprentice in 1995. By 2000, I was still an apprentice, which meant that I worked assisting journeymen. Never on my own.
I believed that I actually was a journeyman, but Emminger held me back to save money. That belief turned out to be false. I found out about that when I quit Emminger to work for another shop, and was hired on as a journeyman.
On my first assignment, I was given the job of rebuilding a bank's interior. All by myself! All the counters and cabinets. Wow! I was sooooo happy!
I struggled a bit building the cabinets and counters. Here I was, working all on my own for the first time because I had bluffed my way to being hired as a journeyman cabinet maker!
I completed all of the cabinets and counters. Now came the installation. And I was to do that alone as well. Oh Lord! I had only gone out on a few installations at Emminger's. Now here I was installing an entire bank's worth of counters and cabinets all by myself!
I had no idea how I was doing!? I knew something about cabinet quality. But had not a clue about how long a job like this installation should take!
I convinced myself that I was making good time on this install. The customer paid for the job. That was a good sign!
A couple of months later, I asked my shop's owner how I had done. He replied, "It could have been faster!" I'll never forget those words from him! Struck me low!
Soon after that, I was diagnosed with cancer. That ended my cabinet making career.
George - Journeyman cabinet maker