The perfect place and beverage to share some casual conversation.
If we were having a beer, you would have some questions for me.
“So, what’s the deal with this Cherished Blogfest of yours?”
“Hi, it’s good to see you, too. Would you mind if I ordered a beer?”
“Well I sure wouldn’t mind; he’s been sitting here for 10 minutes sipping a glass of water. He says it’s your turn to pay.”
“Hi Cheryl. OK, a Yuengling and a splash of the grape for him.”
“That it, isn’t it? Is your cherished object going to be a mug of Yuengling?”
“No. I like Yuengling, but I don’t cherish it. I might cherish it if I lived in a state where you can’t yet buy it, but…”
“So what’s the deal? What’s your object, and how did this become an annual thing?”
“Here you go boys. I’ll leave you to your discussion, but I happen to like the Cherished Blogfest. In fact, I’m one of the co-hosts.”
“Whaaaat? Has my whole world gone mad? So what is it that you cherish, Cheryl?”
“Hmmm, I’d say a hefty bar tab and a nice tip, but I haven’t seen one in a while…just sayin.”
“Ouch. I think that’s on you. You did pay last week.”
“OK, OK, I might have been a little thin on the tip. I’m not that good at math. But…”
“Not good at math? You’re a financial advisor. I’m sure your clients will appreciate knowing that.”
“OK! I’m cheap. Financial advisors understand that part of the secret to having money is to not spend money. Anyway, can we get back on track here? What’s your cherished object?”
“I haven’t decided, but it’s not the almighty dollar.”
“It’s your bike, isn’t it? No, you wrote about that a few weeks ago, you really like that thing, but you wouldn’t write about that again.”
“It’s not my bike. Why don’t you just wait and see? The blogfest starts in two weeks, it’s not like you have to wait forever.”
“I don’t like waiting to see things. I make my living predicting the future.”
“Yeah, but I don’t think anyone is wagering on the kinds of topics people cherish.”
“Wagering implies gambling. Investing is not gambling.”
“Sure it is, you just understand the odds better than most people.”
“Ok, let’s forget about me, let’s forget about gambling, and let’s forget about you and your cherished object. How did this ‘blogfest’ thing start?”
“Last year, the woman who first organized a writing group I belong to had this idea to give our respective blogs a little more exposure, by organizing a blogfest. It worked well. I discovered several new blogs that I am still following, and I met some people who are now following me.”
“Sounds like you’re artificially increasing the interest in your writing. That kind of thing is dangerous in my business. There are laws against that.”
“Nothing artificial. Write a post. If someone likes it, they can come back for more. If not, they move on. No harm. No foul.”
“It’s an interesting topic. If I want to join, then I have to create a blog?”
“Well, that would be the easiest way to go. However, if you wanted to just write about one cherished object, I’d stick it on my blog. The blogfest goes for three days.”
“So I can post without having a blog?”
“You can, but only because I’m making you this offer.”
“What’s that going to cost me?”
“The next round, and a healthy tip for Cheryl.”
“OK, I’ll think about it. How much do I have to write?”
“You’re going to want to keep this under 500 words.”
“Under 500 words? You’re participating in this? I’d buy the next round just to see you stay under 500 words.”
“OK, let’s make a deal. If I publish a Cherished Object post, and stay under 500 words, then you buy all the drinks the following week.”
“And, you buy them from me, and you leave me a nice tip.”
“OK Cheryl. It’s a deal. If my long-winder friend can stay under 500 words, then I will drink, pay and tip.”
The photos in the gallery are some of my favorite tools. I’m not sure any are cherished, but, you never know.
MiMi loves tools.
MiMi loves construction and she loves tools. She has taken small tools out of my toolboxes before, but I don’t think she can handle a brad-nailer.
Laying out shelf support holes
Cutting threads is one of the simplest and most useful things you can do in the shop.
Who invented this tool? I seriously want to hurt him right now.
I love this marking gauge from Veritas & Lee Valley. It helped me cope that last long board up to the siding
I’ve owned this die grinder since 1985
Trex is an engineered decking product, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always straight. When you have to nudge the final 3 feet, nothing works better than the board straightener shown cleated into the joist.
Cool tools in NYC on a lazy Sunday
The top and the sides were joined together, but they are being glued in place with construction adhesive. The helping hands are keeping everything tight until the the adhesive sets.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s and my periodic conversation at the bar. Linda’s prompt this week is:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “if/then.” Begin your post with the word “If.” For bonus points, end your post with a phrase containing the word “then.” Enjoy!
I think I scored some bonus points!
You can join Linda every Saturday. You can also join the Cherished Blogfest. It’s free to everyone but my buddy. Click here to learn more.