Guys, Scissorhead Purplehead wants us to take advantage of the time we have while we’re isolating in place, and develop some new skills.
I’ve chosen mine. What’s yours?
Those guys would be fun to work with. I’m just not sure I could measure up.
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Give ’em a centimeter and they’ll take a kilometer.
I worked const for 35 yrs before dying and retiring, and I had WAY too many bozos like that on my crews. But my favorite one was a guy who came driving up looking for work, and someone sent him my way to apply. So I asked him to show me his tools, and then when inspection was over, I told him to grab his favorite hammer, and perform thusly: flip it in the air, end-over-end, one time, and catch it by the handle. He performed it with ease, so……..on to step 2: flip it again, but this time make it a double. He complied, although with a bit of difficulty.
OK, so now we come to the “graduation phase:” a triple-flip! He did it, but boy was it a close one!
And when he was through, and asked, “Well, how did I do?” I answered, “Oh, you did fine; it’s just that I already have a bunch of goof-offs who can do Hammer tricks, and I don’t need another one.”
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I bet that’s one pissed off spider.
Nature is stupendous.
These slo-mo closeups allow us to see the astonishing detail of what happens, but what you lose is the suddenness and the speed. I once happened to see, close up at eyeball level on a sunny windowsill, a medium-sized ant, just one of the regular outdoor kinds common here in New jersey, encounter a much smaller, non flying insect.
Instant seizure by the ant’s mandibles. Movement too fast to see. Startling.
The ant must have been one of her colony’s soldier-guardians.
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