So, I'm gonna confess something here: I think tools are keen but I haven't used them much in my life. In my twenties, I joined the Scarborough Village Theatre, and I was way exited to use a power drill when we were assembling the set. The set carpenter was a retired teacher and he took a lot of time to help me get the hang of it. But generally, I haven't had much occasion to practice. (Though I did install a garbage bag holder under the sink while Rob was out of town one time:P )
I think it's a really good thing that when I'm learning, I know where to draw the line. I know what I'm ready to absorb at the time, and what I have to come back for later. It's definitely something I've done with archery. This would be an example: a while back, I got a clicker and learned to use it but I wasn't ready to learn to adjust it myself until now. (A clicker flips down when your arrow passes it, and when you hear it click, you let go of the string. It's so you learn to always let go at the same point.)
At class this week, I kinda felt like my clicker was going off early but I'd only done a few ends so I wasn't entirely sure. Then Coach Shawn spotted it, too, and he said I should move the clicker forward a bit. And the right answer was, "Yes, I should. It's time to do this myself." Not that it's a hard thing to do; I just had other stuff to focus on before. I peered at it and saw I just needed to loosen one little screw with an allen key. (I never realized how many people tote around allen keys till I did archery. Mostly, I think of the ones that come with Ikea furniture.) So I borrowed a metric set but then I had to swap that out for an SAE one. (Standard American English. Which we usually call Imperial but, technically, since America is the most non-metric country, it doesn't make sense to associate it with an Empire. And there are slight differences from Imperial.) Then I had to try it out, and then adjust it a little more, and then again - lather, rinse and repeat - till I got it in the right spot. It made me feel both humbled and vainglorious at once. Like, "Look at ME. Using TOOLS."
A chorus of men behind me started rhapsodizing about the best brands of tools: Mastercraft and Cobalt will do the job. De Walt and Milwaukee are deluxe. Which I'm going to store in the ol' memory bank. It's always good to have stuff like that to drop in conversation so you sound like you know about stuff.