Stupid Boards Burned Twice!
I kind of feel for my neighbor Dean. He's one of those neighbors you dream of, never questions anything I do even though I own land all the way around him and am constantly logging and digging gravel from the gravel pit that surrounds his house.
Anyway when my dad's house burned down we hauled the old house down to the gravel pit in big dump truck loads. Dean asked if he could use any of the salvaged wood to build his garage. We didn't care so board by board, and nail pulled by nail pulled, he took the charred lumber and built the tahmahal of 3 story garages. It took him 5 years, and was nowhere near done, but 30 minutes ago he started his woodstove, there was an explosion and his 3 story garage was leveled by explosion and fire. He managed to live, but burned his face and hands pretty good on the way out, but luckily his mobile home only 50 feet away survived, though it did blow out the windows from the explosion and heat.
I kind of feel bad for the guy. He is one of these build-as-you-go, financing is for silly people kind of people who pays everything with cash...or more likely...by being a hard worker and frugal. His cars were parked inside, and without insurance on his building and only liability insurance on his cars, he kind of out of luck.
I do kind of find it funny though, these boards were in my dad's house and burned, then resurrected and built a new garage only to burn again. Not many boards can say they burned twice!
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"