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The Cane July 27, 2012

Posted by daveintexas in Art, Ballistics, Crime, Economics, Handblogging, Honor, Personal Experiences, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, WTF?.

Years ago my dad learned how to do these custom “thread jobs” on graphite fishing rods, using colored threads to make interesting patterns of cross-wrapping, attaching the eyes of the rod using the same thing, and affixing them with epoxy. He did it as a hobby first, and later as a side business. His goal was to make about $5000 in profits selling em to buy mom a new engagement ring for their 35th (I think) anniversary. They were beautiful pieces of work. He made way more than that, and it was a nice side bit of income for him for 15 years. I have a dozen of em still.  End to end, probably took about 15 hours to make each one.

A few years ago, he got bored and needed something to do, and started buying walking canes and doing the same thing to them. He must have made over 200 of them for the past 2 years. He’d take em to nursing homes, VA hospitals around Dallas, and give them away.

This is one of the 10 or so he gave me, he just asked me to do the same. So I handed out the others at the local VA, but kept this one. Had it for a year.

I never even thought I’d have to use it one day, but I have been. It’s kind of a special thing to me now, even though he passed away before it became something I needed, and not just something I wanted to hang on to.  Because he made it.

So it’s something special that reminds me of him, and is also helping me get well.


1. geoff - July 27, 2012

I shudder to think what might have happened had your dad and Sobek joined forces.

Very cool, though.

2. Retired Geezer - July 27, 2012

David! Have you been picking at your scab?

Well, that’s what Mrs. Geezer always asks me.

Cool cane. Nice sentiment.

3. daveintexas - July 27, 2012


but I am tempted.

4. Skinbad - July 27, 2012

Are you sure he built that?

5. BrewFan - July 27, 2012

The cane is beautiful. Your leg not so much. Get better soon buddy!

6. BrewFan - July 27, 2012

Also, I haven’t been online much the past year and I missed about the passing of your dad. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you’re finding peace with him gone.

7. daveintexas - July 27, 2012

Thanks Brewfan. I am. This is part of that.

Skinny, thank God we had a government road.

8. Michael - July 28, 2012

That cane could have gone up in flames if we didn’t have building codes and fire departments.

Also, keep it away from Scott if he is burning a stump.

9. scott - July 28, 2012

Worst Rolling in the Deep video ever!

10. daveintexas - July 28, 2012


11. Tushar - July 29, 2012

Dave is an exhibitionist. He is taking the opportunity to show some skin.

Btw, much less swelling now, Dave. Seems to be healing great.

12. Retired Geezer - July 29, 2012

Oooh, swelling.

I thought they just put a bigger knee joint in there.

Never mind.

13. daveintexas - July 29, 2012

My knee joint was a custom job, based on my MRI. It was built specifically for me, to match mine (without the shitty busted up parts).

14. daveintexas - July 29, 2012

Incidentally, that will be my last MRI ever. Another MRI would tear this thing right outta my leg.

Michael - July 29, 2012

The U.S. beat Serbia in mens volleyball today. The Serbian team was not a pushover.

Volleyball is actually a pretty complicated team sport.

Among other things, you are required to rotate your positions, so everybody has to play everywhere on the court, from the backcourt defenders to blockers and spikers at the net, and take a turn at serving.

Imagine a basell game where everybody had to change positions between innings, and take a turn at pitching.

Then put yourself in the shoes of the coach. It’s a complex calculation.

15. Michael - July 29, 2012

That cane, by the way, is a fitting tribute to what a special guy your dad was Dave. The fact that he would put that effort into something he was going to give away says a lot about him and his values.

16. daveintexas - July 29, 2012

Thanks Michael. He mostly needed something to do, or rather I guess it was as important to him as anybody he gave one to. Maybe more. He picked a good thing to do.

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