A curious sector of society actually enjoys doing taxes. In fact, they do it for a living. They are called accountants.
I do not understand them. I can’t relate to their passion. I break into a cold sweat when they unexpectedly call in April with grave news. But, alas, they keep us away from tax evasion and out of jail. (Well, most of us…)
A few months ago I traded some accounting help for some home improvement help. I’m sure glad I did. Not only did I get great advice on avoiding tax penalties from a trusted professional, but I got to spend most of a Saturday with a good friend, helping him embark on what will be many weekends of finish carpentry, caulking, painting, and nagging from his lovely wife about what a mess he is making.
What I Got Out Of It
There is something we all love about sharing our passion, and certainly our knowledge. Maybe it validates our skills in some far away, deep part of our psyche.
What I enjoyed most about helping my friend was seeing his excitement as he realized how easy something really was. All he needed was someone to show him a few tricks and he was on his way. By the time I left, his precision in accounting had translated to finish carpentry and he was in a quazi numerical/home improvement euphoria.
It was like Bob Vila and Euclid had a love child, and he was up on a ladder right next to me. (This is assuming Bob Vila and Euclid would be attracted to each other, and, let’s face it, Bob Vila’s beard does him no favors…)
What He Got Out of It
My friend came away with solid direction on where to head next on his home improvement project. He learned how to set up a miter saw, how to easily cut stop-blocks for the crown molding so it lines up perfectly on the fence, how to measure and cut once (hopefully) for each piece of molding, how to lay a mean caulk bead and how to work while keeping one eye on a college football game.
Oh, and he also ended up with my caulking gun following my hasty departure due to lateness for a “date” with my wife.
What You Should Do
So, this holiday season, why not share the wealth? As a reader of this fine blog, you have some home improvement knowledge or at least a healthy passion for it.
Why not find a friend or a relative in need and give them the gift of, well, you for Christmas. It is cheap, and you will have a great time.
And who knows, maybe you will come across a Euclidian love child yourself…
Deren S. Monday has spent over a decade in the residential and commercial construction industry, and is a graduate of the Construction Management Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is now in the market or a new caulk gun… Deren is the author of Your Cheap Kitchen Remodel: A Guide to Your Affordable Dream Kitchen.