He didn’t make a fuss either. We went to Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, just the kind of store he has fun in…me too.
He said “I can’t believe you took a picture!” You can even see it on his face, hahahaha.
One of our sons lives in Salina, Kansas and works for Wilson Engineering as a Mechanical Engineer. Right now he is working on a huge project that is being built somewhere in New Mexico near the Arizona border. Curtis has talked with Joe about it so I have it from Joe in pieces.
I think Joe told me Burlington Northern Railways has a big switching station that Curtis is working on to design the fueling system for the engines. As they come into the designated area and over a huge pit the engines are inspected below ground as they are being fueled.
Now I can’t tell you if the pit is actually already there or if Curtis is designing the pit as well as the pumping system to bring diesel fuel from a holding tank elsewhere on the site up to this pit area where hoses will be attached to allow the fueling process to happen as the engine is being inspected. Don’t have all the details on that.
I’ve told Joe of my idea for Curtis’ birthday present and what I want. Since Joe has knowledge of working with pipes and couplings I figured he was my “Go To Guy” for this project. Otherwise I’d have to ask someone at the store and then this idea would be shelved because I don’t have any idea how to put this stuff together. Besides, he’s Curtis’ Dad and thereby is roped into this project :o)
Poor Joe. He has to work on surfaces that are not meant for tools 😦 Someday I hope to find a way to get him into a place that will have space for a “Man Cave” so he can have a place to play with his tools. For now, the barbecue grill will have to suffice.
The grill worked as a good place for him to solder all the parts we picked out to assemble the project. Watching him make this thing come together was fun.
Since I don’t know if Curtis or Brenda (his wife) read my foolishness and nonsense I can’t take the chance of blowing the surprise so you will only see this in pieces as a work in progress until it has been finished and he has received it.
Alas, it is going to be late in getting to Curtis. His birthday is the 20th of February and today is the 16th. Really, it should already be in the mail to him but I could not figure out how to accomplish this by myself.
I’m so excited to be getting back to creating. That damn paperwork has sucked the life out of me and I’m rebelling now. Going to take a couple days off from it so I can get my head back on straight.
As I work on Curtis’ birthday present I still have quite a bit of work to do on the present for my granddaughter, Reilee, and her birthday has done long passed 😦 I have only one birthday in March to work on so I’m hoping to get Krasi’s (k-res-a) done on time. Then four in April to do. That dreaded paperwork has got to be done long before that so I don’t have to divide up so much of my time.
Joe is on his way to deliver his trucks this morning to Greensboro, North Carolina (he reminded me of where he is going). Then, as of now, he is deadheading up around Grand Rapids, Michigan to take trucks to Houston, Texas. He plans on being home for a while after that. Plans will most likely change a few times between now and then.