I have touched on this subject several times.. and .. well, here I go again. I AM A NOVICE at this classic boating thing. There I said it. The first step is admitting your issues is to your self, right? I am reminded daily of how much I don’t know. In everything really, but really true in the world of Antique & Classic boating. It’s something that is not in a book or researched. It’s the living of it. The thing that time and experience bring. I have had the good fortune to work with true experts and true seasoned pros and man oh man what a huge help.
I feel like I am 16 again. Just snotty enough to think I know it all, and just naive enough to step in it from time to time. I just got off the phone with a true pro, we were talking about coats of varnish. Just off the top of his head he mentioned that I should do my 8000 coats and then wait til the final coat… or coats. mmm Why?
Well it shrinks. It’s fresh and it all kinda sinks into the wood and does what we all do as we age.. It shrinks… So wait a month or so… Then do a final coat… Dang that was smart. Is it in the books. no. Is it on line, no. It’s in the head of someone that knows better. That is the moment that I always feel like a 16 year old.
And the moment that I am grateful as all get out to be in such a great community. I am 61 not 16. And sit in meetings all day. Listening to 20 year olds that don’t own cars and do everything on apps, drink Starbucks coffee by the gallon, and babble on about how to do things better. I am jealous of there spirit and drive to learn. Classic Boating makes me feel dumb and naive.
So thanks to all that think of me that way… Man I need a cup of coffee… Wait, I have an app for that. Or I can just Uber over to Peets Coffee.. KILL ME! They don’t have varnish coffee.