…and then I thought, “What am I doing?”

It’s really time to get back to work on woodcutting. I don’t want to cut a lot because everything currently in the woodshed – probably but not definitely a whole winter’s worth – has been in there two winters now and is one big packrat nest. I need to use it up before they just completely befoul and ruin it, if it’s not already too late.

Still, I do need to cut some wood if only for a cushion. Also I need to supply wood to Landlady’s place and I’m not at all confident there’s enough for that.

So I drove to Landlady’s barn to get my chopsaw, planning to haul it to the woodlot. And then I thought, “What am I doing?”


“I’m going to haul the saw and the generator and cord and tools to the woodlot, cut the wood, and then haul the cut wood to Landlady’s barn?” Which was the plan slowly congealing in my head, since I’m really not sure how to get her wheelbarrow up to her porch from her parking lot now that the deck and walkway are there, but I know I can get it down from the ridgetop where the barn is.

“Or…”


“…since the saw and lots of electricity are already at the barn, and the wood is supposed to end up at the barn, why don’t you haul the wood to the barn first and cut it there?”

er…because I’m a dummy?

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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.
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5 Responses to …and then I thought, “What am I doing?”

  1. Robert says:

    You ain’t alone in the evolution of yer thinkin’, brother.

  2. Mike says:

    No Joel, you’re not a dummy. A dummy would have hauled the saw and the generator and cord and tools to the woodlot, cut the wood, and then hauled the cut wood over to Landlady’s barn without a second thought. You sir, are a man who knows how to assess and adapt to new situations. 👍

  3. terrapod says:

    The epiphany of “a better way to do this” usually happens when you are part way through the more difficult way. Count your blessings that the old noggin worked things out before that.

  4. Norman says:

    The backstory is too long to recount, but I had the magnificent luck as a teenager to witness, up close and personal, a supreme failure of gray matter manipulation by a parent and neighbor which produced a level of awareness I have cherished ever since.

    Since “the event” I have been near-obsessed with the concept of “take a breath, step back a bit and make sure you’re solving the right problem.”

    It’s evident that you had a similar experience; don’t worry about the delay cycle, sometimes it’s quite prudent to take two breaths and step back a little farther to gain broader view.

  5. anonymous says:

    Ingrained habits / behavior takes time to unlearn. Happens all the time – not stupid.

    “Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” – Aristophanes

To the stake with the heretic!