Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: knot remembering, and bad words
Re: knot remembering, and bad words
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 21:10:51 -0500
After reading Anthony's post, I just couldn't resist relating a situation at
Where I work there is a tremendous amount of construction activity going on
nearly all the time. One of the main sidewalks was about to be removed for
an excavation to lay new sewage lines. Pedestrian traffic was to be
rerouted to a gravel walk on a hill to the edge of an embankment where
temporary stairs were constructed. Three construction workers complete with
yellow safety hard hats were stringing nylon rope from post to post along
the walk as a primative and temporary handrail. I came upon the scene
during my daily walk around the base and stopped to watch. They were having
the devil's own time. Every time they tried to tie a knot to pull the line
taunt, the ends of the rope frayed and everything came loose. They just
couldn't seem to get this part of the project completed. So I walked up and
asked whether I could help and got a few snickers and a good natured laugh.
But they were desperate and decided to listen to the fellow in a suit for a
second anyway. So we learned in short order how to whip the ends of the rope
with string and then melt the ends to seal them and then proceeded to have a
knots lesson. I would show them a knot and untie it, then make them try it.
He he. About that point in time a car came to a halt behind me on the
street and I wasn't paying much attention. But it stayed for a few minutes
and eventually I turned around to see what was going on. The door was open
and standing there was an admiral with the biggest grin you ever saw.
Apparently he thought it was quite the sight to see a guy in a business suit
teach guys in hard hats how to tie knots. He asked me who I was and with a
grin I simply said, "I'm a Boy Scout, just teaching some fellas some knots."
He laughed and said well I'll be ... and got back in his car which pulled
Funny how Scout training sometimes comes into play years later. :-)
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.