Brooke, my brother and the general contractor for a huge renovation I made to my house in 2006, and I were reviewing the design of a bookcase in the basement of my house. Jerry, one of Brooke’s workers, had already spread some glue on a peice of plywood on the floor where the bookcase was going to be built. Brooke and I were both, in turn, waving our arms and saying things like “No – it should go here”, or “Yes – that is what I mean”.
The entire time we were there one of us would move towards the glue on the floor and the other one would put his arm up, pulling the first back away from the glue, saying “Watch the glue”.
Our conversation when something like this: “I think the bookcase should be wider”, “Watch out!”, “I saw the glue – stop”, “No, I think it should be taller”, “Watch the glue”, “I saw it.”.
After about three or four such exchanges we realized what we were doing and started laughing. I said that Jerry, who was standing off to the side and watching us, shaking his head, would probably walk over and show us what he thought about the bookcase and step right in the glue.
It was pretty funny. We finally agreed on a design for the bookcase and Jerry bent his head to the task again and finished contact cementing the plywood. Contact cement must ‘set-up’ for ten minutes before you can use it.
After about 9 minutes Don Rush, the painter, came down into the basement. I innocently asked him what he thought about the bookcase…..