When you are spending time with your T toy, Do you
Consider it working
consider it Laboring
Consider it Playing.
I personally consider my toiling as play because it relaxes me ( Most of the time )
Playing. If it wasn't fun, I wouldn't do it.
The T sometimes does have a serious attitude problem though......
Playing and Therapy!
I am too task/project orientated and once I start on a certain part or area of the Model T I tend to get tunnel vision and don't stop until I am finished. I have started many T projects after dinner at 7 PM telling my wife I'd be in in a hour only to work all night through until 6-7 am the next morning. Call me nuts but I've been this way since childhood.
It is therapy.
It's what gets me out of bed in the morning.
Some days it's hell.
It is great fun.
It is very tedious at times.
It keeps me out of the kitchen and other places my wife doesn't want me.
It's what dad and now Grampa does.
It's mostly wonderful.
Playing, when I'm working of my T it's always playing around with the car...even if it's something serious like new trans bands, where I had to take the hogs head off to do it.
The only time working comes into the pictures is when I'm drawing some piece of it...now that's work!
But it's still fun.
Fixing is work, driving is play.
I am retired and have enough to get by, but I work on many club members cars. I consider it FUN all the time. I use to work on anyone who called with a Model T problem, but Lee Pierce and I had a problem customer who took us to court. We lost. So now I only work on cars for club members. Sometimes it is not as much fun, then I close up the barn and come back to it when I am in a better mood.
Driving is usually fun, but sometimes the tours are too long, running from 8 am until after 5 pm, and over 150 miles or on very busy Southern California roads which I find very tiring. That is not so much fun.
I get the tunnel vision thing sometimes too but the older I get the earlier I quit. Driving is the play part, every thing else is labor or work. Not that that's a bad thing.
Have you ever considered that a ball player works very hard to play. A T owner works very hard to play, but a typical worker on a regular job considers it work or toil and doesn't like to do it? The trick is to think of your regular job as a game or as play, then you will enjoy life! I was blessed with a job which I considered as fun and enjoyed my work. Now I enjoy raking leaves and working on the T. This week I enjoy, washing windows and cleaning up the house for the guests who will come for Thanksgiving.