It looks like a rusty, old Vice. But believe me, it's so much more than that.
My parents built the house I grew up in back in 1963-64 and they built a nice brick "storeroom" (as we grew up calling it) behind the house to store Dad's tools, lawnmowers and other important items. I have fond memories of being in the storeroom with Dad as he piddled and repaired items and would often use the Vice which is pictured to the left which was mounted on his work table.
My parents passed in 2008 and my sister Cristy bought the house from me and my other three sisters. I'm planning on building a workbench for my garage and need a vice. Cristy was kind enough to give me Dad's old vice this week. I plan to clean it up and repaint it to the original red color and mount it on my new workbench. I'm grateful to have it and still treasure the memories around it. I've always been a sentimental soul!
In 1972 I received a very special Christmas gift from my parents - my first recording device. It was a TrueTone Western Auto cassette recorder. I was one happy boy and I immediately started recording lots of different sounds with it - door bell rings, doors closing, cars starting, family interviews and capturing tool sounds in the storeroom. This was my beginning of loving to make sound recordings. I still have some of those original tapes from the early seventies and they bring back a host of good memories when I listen to them. They remind me that we will not always have our loved ones and friends but they also remind me to stay grateful for such special memories and the times we shared. The little things in life truly are the BIG things in life!
After I get my table built and restore the Vice and I'll share a picture.....and a new updated digital recording of the Vice. Can't wait!
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