It was damp, overcast, and windy on Friday with occasional drizzles of rain. In short, typical miserable Michigan Fall weather (Damn, I was really getting used to those 80 degrees Fall days!)
I made the mistake of going to a nearby restaurant (which shall remain nameless) at lunchtime and ordering a bowl of clam chowder. It sounded good and clam chowder is usually the soup de jour everywhere on Fridays, but it was mediocre at best! I was bummed!!
Back home after work, I started the weekend wash by stripping the bed (displacing Scruffy).
I went outside and set up two sawhorses. Then I took the tabletop extender and sawed it to the size I need for the platform. The rest of it I cut up with the Sawzall for disposal.
Let’s talk for a minute about the platform. When I was helping Jake and Carla clean out their old house, I noticed that their dryer was on an unpainted platform made of 2x6’s and plywood. I thought to myself, “This is brilliant!” It’s like folks I know who bought those front loading washer and dryer and then bought the optional stands to put them on. It saves your back as you don’t have to bend over so far. I remember thinking the guy who thought of that platform was cool and I decided to make myself one.
I mentioned this to Jake (with pride) when we last talked. But, he started laughing! Puzzled, I asked him what was so funny. He explained that (had I looked closer at it) the dryer was NOT on that platform to save somebody’s back, but rather to cover up a big drain pipe that ran through the area where the guy wanted to put the dryer!
Well, maybe that was that guy’s reason, but I am undeterred and going to build it and try it, anyway.
I watched the NBC Nightly News and then started to screw the 2x6’s together downstairs. I thought I heard the phone ringing, so I went to answer it but the ringing stopped by the time I got up there. I checked the Caller ID and it was B___. So, I called him back and we chatted for a bit.
Then I went back to screwing the platform base together. When I had that done it was already 8:30 PM and I was hungry. I warmed up the leftovers from last night's Southern dinner and, since I didn’t have any peas and pearl onions left, I peeled and sliced up some of those parsnips.
I plated everything (adding butter and salt to the parsnips) and went in to watch some TV and eat. I went to bed around midnight.