Unlike a three-year-old, I realized that a good captain doesn't trust a green hand without verifying the work done and undone.
Pay attention, Lou!
Perfection is a hard act. But denial is a human trait that is hard to eradicate.
Nobody likes an unresolved mystery, and Spinney always held his cards close to his chest.
I couldn't see a future in which I acted like the responsible adult they expected. So the end.
" Wes, what's a 12 letter word for an idiot who endlessly natters on about uninteresting topics?"
Find a warm berth in some shoreside cafe, get a mug of coffee, and watch the inevitable.
I was not a native, but I was not a New Yorker anymore, either.
I have found that neighbors seek to "borrow" wood when the power goes out, and their heat is non-existent, and that family cheerfully visit on snowy days, stuff themselves with goodies, and hog the fire. But, stack wood? Nope.
It is pleasant to just for a moment, step back, and realize that some things have not yielded to either technology or years.