……I have two more winches. Christmas winches.
How ridiculous is that?
I think it is a man thing.
To be fair, it is not my fault, I swear. They were free. I had no choice. I had to take ’em. Honest. Winches are seductive. Leadeth me NOT into temptation.
What would Jesus have done? HE would have taken them! This I know. In my heart. I know that HE would have taken them and maybe shared them with the multitudes. Along with some fish sandwiches. He was that kinda guy. And I will share my winches. I really will. I swear.
But, in the meantime, I have to gather thee rosebuds while ye may, right? Rosebuds, winches, whatever.
I am just glad I spell winches with an ‘i’ rather and an ‘e’. Can you imagine the trouble that would be…?
So, I am doing this for others. Selflessness. That is my story. I am sticking to it.
Do you have any idea how many winches I now have? I am honestly not sure myself but, if I just count the really heavy ones, I have 8. Maybe more. It’s weird. The really weird part is that I do not have that much to lift anymore! I may have a bit more to lift than the average urban guy but I currently have more winches than the local logging show. They could borrow lifting from ME!
But, OMG, the two newest ones are beauties, they really are. I won’t bore you with details but I have to tell you that one was built and designed for a funicular. That’s right! I should have found this puppy ten years ago. What a wonder it is! Spring-loaded shock absorber, tons of cable, single phase….and, get this….new! Well, ‘new’ twenty-odd years ago but never used. It was packed away in a box all greased and beautiful and was about to be chucked for scrap when I heard it screaming for help.
I am a hero, really. I saved it.
I would guess that this little beauty would cost $3,000 all-in to make. It would be the heart of a $20-40K or more funicular system. And that is NOT installed – just the parts! The actual winch might sell for more but it would cost at least $2-3K to put together as it sits, grease and all. It is all custom made. This is NOT off-the-shelf. Scrap value? $50.00.
I have so many winches, I am dreaming of running high-lines all over the property and cross cabling like an aerial etch-a-sketch and then I would not have to lift even a loaf of bread!
Well, the thought crossed my mind. But I am NOT that sick. Not really. Not yet, anyway…
But it could work.