One of the ways Gale makes money for himself is saw-milling mesquite. There’s a guy with heavy equipment bulldozes cedar and mesquite off ranch land, and he pushes big mesquite off to the side instead of burning it. We go pick it up in a trailer, haul it back here and stockpile it for cleaning up to be saw-milled.
These are mesquite boles waiting to be sold to a woodworker or for Gale to work them down into something tasteful and useful:
Here are a few larger ones stockpiled by the sawmill waiting for sawmilling.
But when Gale bought the sawmill he din’t actually have an enviable shelter to put it in.
We plotted, planned, watched and horse-traded when they were putting in new power poles to acquire enough for a new sawmill barn:
Even laid out the footprint for the new pole barn and got the holes drilled:
We’ve got the design put together by us two geniuses. Those poles need to be measured and cut to length, then dragged over to be slid into the holes, set vertical, tamped into place, first off. Then everything that doesn’t look like a pole barn needs to be removed from that airspace sitting there empty.
But the fact is, Gale’s an old guy. Claims to be older than me even, by an imaginary year. He’s got a bad hip and too many other things troubling him to have any business out there trying to do work ought to be reserved for a younger guy, namely me. I can’t afford to be losing an old friend and the man who owns this place because of some silly notion he might have about getting out there doing any heavy lifting and sweating.
So that barn of the future’s been sitting there waiting to happen for a year now.
If I had my new truck running I’d be up there now, while they’re gone and can’t do anything about it, measuring and cutting those poles, dragging them somewhere they can become something better than what they are now. I’d be getting those poles up pointing at the sky the way the Coincidence Coordinators intended when they delivered them.
All while they’re off in New Mexico at the Hatch Chili Festival doing what’s best they do and they do best.
It ain’t going to happen this time, because I don’t have anything to pull them with. But that new truck’s going to be running next time they leave.
On the other hand, I think he might be edgy about me doing it. They’ve both seen the things I’ve built, or am building down here:
Disclaimer and apologies – I posted this accidentally when I went to save the draft. But there’s been too much deleting of accidental posts here lately, so I’m leaving it up.