That's right. I took Jena's advice and decided to try out Helium, just to see what all the buzz is about. You can see my first article here.
This has been a very rough week for me. I've been having a lot of stomach problems and flu-like symptoms. I had to take a few days off work, and just as I thought I had to start getting better... well, I didn't. Nothing life threatening, of course. But it never feels good to be under the weather.
We finished up the framing of the closet in what will be my future office in the basement. It sure does look nice. My father-in-law has been a tremendous help. I've learned quite a lot from what we've done so far. My own father tried to show me how to frame when I was younger. It didn't go very well. I must have been around 10 or so, whenever it was that I moved into the basement of the old house. He thought it would be a great idea to put the responsibility of finishing my own room with him. I'm sorry, but at 10 the average kid doesn't have the ambition to learn how to frame a room and takes no enjoyment in hanging sheetrock. I've heard of grown men crying at the thought of it.
When we built the new house next door we had to do a lot of sweat equity. This happened when I was 14. Again, my dad thought it would be a great idea to make me responsible for finishing my own room. Just as before, I was in no hurry. I didn't take the opportunity to learn anything about what we were doing, in fact it was probably more the opposite. I resented it.
Do I look back at those times and think about how much I missed out on valuable life lessons? Not at all. There is a correct time in a person's development and I just wasn't ready. Besides, I'm not at all sad that I don't have a blue collar job building houses in the cold. Those guys are the unsung heroes of modern civilization and no one should look down on them. But not every man can wield a hammer as a gladiator in a grand coliseum of blood and subcontracting... it's just not the way of things.
What does all of this have to do with my article submission for Helium? Not a whole hell of a lot, but I hope you enjoyed the ride. Now go check out that article!
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