Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Brother Watches Ax Men

Please try to keep this under wraps. He probably doesn't need this news to be leaked to his professional colleagues. I mean, have you heard the language on that show? It's full of bleeps, up one side and down the other! I heard a great quote last night, however, that I may turn into my signature catchphrase:

"Okey-dokey, let's get started!"

It was beautiful -- a whole sentence without a single bleep. Even better, it was delivered in a sing-song, dopey voice. The speaker intended this to be a silly comment. All the more reason to make it my catchphrase.

Our dad often used his chainsaw. We had 20 acres of forest, a large semi-wooded beachfront lot, and neighbors with the same AND who were members of the family. It was a wood-cutter's paradise.

When I watch Ax Men, I can almost smell the fresh-cut wood and the chainsaw exhaust and the raw earth. I try not to think about my father's disdain for OSHA regulations -- he always figured he was safe enough.

There was one time when Dad's disregard for safety precautions came back to bite him. He went to the property alone, intending to cut firewood for the day. Somehow, in taking down a tree or freeing a snag, he got pinned beneath a big log. No one knew exactly where he was, no one was watching out for him, and we weren't expecting him to return home for several hours.

Dad would've enjoyed Ax Men. He would've loved romping through the forest with a big, sharp saw. He might've been a little more careful than usual. He would have been thankful all over again to have made it home that one afternoon.


Miss Kitty said...

Ax Men scares the bejesus out of me. Those guys are way brave.

Katharine said...

Well, they're either brave, or... No, these are trained professionals. They ARE brave.

lindayezak said...

Hubby watches Ax Men, and after watching it with him, I'm more nervous whenever he goes to cut trees. But you're right: Okey-dokey, let's get started is as clean as they get on that show!