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Wise words indeed

Posted: May 12th, 2014, 11:24 pm
by foogill
The 14 year old boy is getting into surfing big time so this afternoon we spent the afternoon in the shed making a rack for his bike so he can ride to the beach with his board.

Was a bit of a bonding time & I'm starting to appreciate that He's got an eye for detail & a head full of good ideas. As we where pottering about I found myself quoting a few teachers from years ago;

Measure twice, cut once

Keep it as long as you can for as long as you can

If it looks good, it is good (That's my Dad's favorite)

Just wondering if anyone else had some similar simple sayings about handywork that's served them well over the years.

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 12th, 2014, 11:30 pm
by Chuck Steak
Better to ask a stupid question than make a stupid mistake

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 12:01 am
by Darknight
If all else fails read the instructions.

Although admittedly depending on the complexity of the item I tend to ignore that and read them first!
:eek: :crazy:

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 11:00 am
by Peter Aawen
As part of the overall message about not loosing sight of the ultimate aim of whatever your goal was, we often heard

"Concentrate on the big picture, and while you must address it, don't sweat the small stuff!"


Over time & use, & coming to the realisation that many people do get irretrievably bogged down in the detail/inconsequential trivia, in our family at least, that's sorta morphed into...

"Don't sweat the small stuff, and btw, it's ALL small stuff!" ;)



Moving on from that, one way of identifying what is important is to ask yourself (or your grandkids...)

"what's the worst thing that can happen... (are) they gonna take away my next birthday?"



OR, when someone asks a proverbial 'stooopid question', an answer that can almost always work is...

"BTFSOM!"

(for Beats the Flying S*** Outta Me!) :sillywink:

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 11:54 am
by foogill
Peter Aawen wrote:
"what's the worst thing that can happen... (are) they gonna take away my next birthday?"
Similar one at work, when bad news is delivered,

"Meh, We'll all be home on friday."

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 12:07 pm
by kerry460
there is no such thing as a silly question .
only silly answers .
kerry

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 2:18 pm
by Rogers Cruiser
Stop. Look. Think.

I write this on the tool bags of new employees! I once even had stickers made.

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 5:35 pm
by feet in 2 camps
One of my own creation: Better to have & not need than need & not have!
From my Mother when teaching me to drive: Give way to the man on your right & the fool on your left!

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 5:52 pm
by y b normal
f*** em if they can't take a joke!!!!

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 7:10 pm
by Wombat1965
Wise words I got from an old motorcycle racer when I started riding...
"Learn to be smooth and the speed will come". It works for cars as well as bikes. Too many young guys seem to think you need a heavy right foot and masses of horsepower to "go fast". Nope...why do people think a car with adequate, but not amazing, power, but with a sweet chassis and competent driver can sometimes outlap much more powerful cars or go point to point quicker on a winding road?
Learning to be smooth...that's how.

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 9:19 pm
by died rich
My great grandmother who grew up with nothing and was always happy used to say...

be happy with what you have, not unhappy with what you dont have

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 13th, 2014, 10:25 pm
by edz
I must admit I use a lot of these simple type phrases quite a lot ...here are a few catch phrases my mechanic boss drummed into me " Tights tight and too tights broke " ... " If you think it is double check it and make sure " ... " Do it right do it once or dont do it at all " ..." If its to be its up to me " ...
A couple that I virtualy live by are " Improvise Adapt and Overcome " and the one thats in my sig line below ..

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 14th, 2014, 9:20 pm
by jfoldbar
kerry460 wrote:there is no such thing as a silly question .
only silly answers .
kerry
wrong. there can be both silly questions and therefore silly answers.

a few weeks ago me and the missus were sleeping in the car in the bush. at about 3 am we woke. conversation is as follows.

WIFE: darling whats that light in the sky?
ME: thats the sun.
WIFE: oh, can the sun sometimes be just half?
ME: yep sometimes.
WIFE: oh i didnt know that.
ME: well now you do.

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 14th, 2014, 11:00 pm
by kerry460
and of course you have never done something like that :rolleyes: :lol:
now be honest , even if only to yourself . :o
hahaha
kerry

Re: Wise words indeed

Posted: May 17th, 2014, 5:11 pm
by HJ75 Rob
My dad used to say " if you have to read the instructions you should not be touching it in the first place"
But he was old school before the complex stuff today, now especially with IT stuff if the instructions are lost you are completely lost ! Or at least I am.

Cheers
Rob