As we ride the wave of the future it’s fun to make fun of the past. They were so dumb back then. This is my favorite time of year, the visitors are returning and all the “jokes” are fresh and welcome, as daffodils, it is just another sign of Spring’s approach.
One of the best things about my job is that no matter what I’m doing on the Ship, if a friendly visitor interrupts my work, not only can I stop what I’m doing and take a break, I am obligated to do so. I get paid to slow down and talk about what I’m doing. I am not an interpreter of the 17th century, and although I wear a beard, I also have on a baseball cap and often sunglasses. In fact an observant person will see that of all the staff on board I am one of three people who’s job it is to maintain this 51 year-old vessel.
Like I said, I love to stop and talk. I am the type of self absorbed personality that wants to explain what I’m occupied by. I don’t however want to lift my head from my supremely important task for another self absorbed personality who thinks they’re god’s gift to comedy, but I get this a lot: “I didn’t know they had power tools back then.” I’m not one of “them.”I need to use power tools, this ship was built in the nineteen-fifties, and yes, power tools existed then.
Other than electricity however, the technology for working wood has changed very little. It’s all about the incline plane. Electricity gives me that much more advantage and speed to keep MII’s age from showing.