08-31-2018, 03:35 PM
Join Date: Nov 2014
Polishing on the Sabbath
Being a spiritual man I was quite distressed when two dozen Swiss Guards tossed me bodily out of the Catholic Church. I was a tad ashamed, and figured I'd pack up the Super Glide and head out to someplace remote, like Utah--until I did some studying.
Yikes, I can barely handle my present wife, much less taking on two or three more, all of them getting into my stuff, dulling my Hattori and putting starch in my black Harley T-shirts.
Crestfallen, I pulled into County Life Restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. There the owner of and head of their commune (and I'm not kidding) Ron Crary, offered to teach me the Bible. Being a former Catholic, he knew I had learned nothing about the gospels in that Catechism.
To make a long story short, most of Swiss Guards had healed, and dropped the charges. I got "time served" and baptized a Seventh Day Adventist. And yes, they do take in "my kind."
One draw back, from dusk on Friday night until dusk on Saturday night, I am not allowed to work. I can do the dishes, but modern interpretations seem to center on "for wages." And the Sabbath will be here in a few hours.
I was in a quandary. Not only do I polish for wages, I polish to control my various bizarre mental slants--all which make me a fairly decent polisher. I'm OCD, I actually foam at the mouth when angry (since the age of seven), I fret about things that will never happen, I have PTSD and I'm a hypochondriac.
(I also hallucinate that I have an imaginary friend called 'Snow who calls me on the telephone and dresses me down akin to R. Lee Ermey munching on a bag of scalding shrapnel).
But like all good bikers of my ethnicity I found a loophole. I can work on the Sabbath if I do it for charity. Here's where you come in.
I acquired a TOPS "Sneaky Pete" because I like TOPS knives. Oh, it's well made and nicely constructed--there's not a rough mark on the entire handle--except I have three of their C.A.T fixed blades, two of their folders in cobalt-vanadium steel and their new Little Bugger.
It's also close enough in size to compete with my Bradford Guardian 4. It was just one too many knives, if you believe in such things.
When I looked at the "user price" I was a bit stunned. I don't pay near that price. And then I came up with a brilliant idea.
I could polish the knife during Sabbath only for a charity, drop the price and add only materials and shipping and see if anyone wanted it. I figured I'd ask 109; that's 9 bucks for shipping and 100 bucks to Jen and her House of Hope Charity.
I'll do the work and push the polish until it gleams. You only have to do one thing.
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