Brad Messer Commentary
Wednesday, December 17, 2003


Wright Brothers: Manly Men

As you have heard 118 times already, today's the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flights.

To design and build the plane, they did everything themselves; invented propeller geometry and carved their own, cast and handmade their own engine, chewed wing wire with their teeth, whatever.


Here's the really-impressive part:

They did it without having to go over to Home Depot three or four times a day.

My projects are much simpler than theirs and require a different routine. First I have to think about the project. A lot. Then drive to Lowe's or Home Deep. Then work on the project maybe a half hour, then back to Home Depot or some lumber yard or hardware store. Approximately 92 percent of my total project time is driving or standing in checkout lines, or stopping off at a Sonic for a milkshake.

The Wright Brothers did their entire plane thing without one Home Depot run.

Americans must have been tough, manly men back then.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.




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