Here I come USA with my Metric Tape packed
Hi There Fraternity.
Anyone who happens to read any of my posts will know Iím a cheap poor retired plumber from Scotland, where arms are short and pockets are deep.
The reason I am writing this is that I require from some of American cousins some help in the coming months.
Now my son and his family live in the Katy district of Houston around the Cinco Ranch area and my good wife Evelyn and I spend a considerable time annoying them with visits.
We usually head out there from May to the end of August, but this year itís Oct to end of Jan, mainly to get a free meal at thanksgiving and maybe a Christmas present. In truth my wife wanted to see your Halloween as we get loads of great photos of our grandchildren enjoying themselves.
Now hereís the down side. I canít take my workshop with me. Most of the time Iím bored out of my skull. He lives in an affluent part of town where residents donít do anything, every job from cutting the grass to putting up the Christmas decorations is carried out by a man in a van. Itís alien to me but accepted regime there. I feel defunct
Over the years of visiting I have built up a basic tool collection, mainly sourced from pawn shops in and around Houston, and I have included a few photos of my projects, just to keep me busy.
About 15mins drive we have a Home Depot and a Lowes. But after your seventh or eighth visit the staff start to get suspicion that you are casing the joint.
So, what I am enquiring about for any members of the forum that live in the area is any info on places to visit between Oct and Jan, whether it be hardware or lumber shops or exhibitions that will keep me out of trouble.
What I often do is visit open show houses of which there are many, just to see the building techniques adopted.
So, there it is lads any forthcoming info very much appreciated.
Now this is just a footnote to say thank you to my son Colin and his wife Clare who over the years since we retired have made us very welcome in Houston and taken us on their summer holidays to parts of America we both could only dream about.
In return when staying with them I try to carry out jobs about and around the house
The photos I have included are the builds I have completed and some of the memorable places visited while there. Iím not saying where but most of our Atlantic cousins should recognise the iconic locations
For ever grateful
Scotland and soon to be USA with my metric tape, if I get it through customs. It might be considered a weapon