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Something I miss

I was thinking just how much I miss having a garage. In the past, back in the UK I always had a house with a garage. I had loads of tools, a workbench and even a welder. I used to work on cylinder heads, carry out other repairs to my cars and tinker with air rifles. My garage was a great place and I did not have to worry about someone half inching my beloved mountain bike.

Here in Milan I am garageless and there are times when having one would be useful. I could do more odd jobs around the house and even have a go at building a few toys for my son.

I’m in a bit of a catch 22 situation with regard to having a bench, I could make one, but I need one to make one. I suppose I could borrow a bench from someone, but I don’t know anyone who does any DIY. I’ve looked into buying a Black & Decker workmatey type thing, but the choice is just too limited. It’s a bit frustating in some respects. Living in a town can be a real pain.

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My dad is an arch DIY expert on steroids. He can even build whole cars and fitting out a kitchen, including building all the units from scratch was no trouble for him in his younger days. He even designed and just about built a house. I say just about because he did have some one put the foundations down and the frame up. Quite impressive really. I’m not quite in that league, but I can do quite a few things with the right tools.

It’s strange how I miss such odd things, but I like to try my hand a just about anything. I’ve even been mulling over the idea of painting a sort of modern art picture for our living room. This is probably not a great idea seeing as I was pretty awful at art at school, but then I see some of the stuff which they call art nowadays and think, hey, even I could do that. Well, possibly.

Am I entering a mid life crisis or something daft like that? Don’t know. Maybe I should go see a shrink!

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