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Oops! Sure Shot

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Sure Shot

Keith Bachman

When I found out my wife
was pregnant with our first child, I
decided to make a cradle. Nine months
seemed like plenty of time, but naturally, I finished
building the cradle with only a week to
spare. I decided to apply the oil finish outside,
thinking it would speed up the drying time, so
I could apply additonal coats faster. Also, I figured,
the cradle wouldn’t reek of freshly applied
finish when it went into use. After rubbing
on the first coat of oil, I went back inside
to clean up my shop.

I live two blocks from the ocean. With the
wonderful breezes, also come large birds with
accurate aim. Not only did a seagull get my cradle,
it successfully unloaded two full shots!
Needless to say my wife laughed while I cried.
Another day in the shop, and now the cradle is
safely drying inside, awaiting our imminent
new arrival.

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