A number of years ago I had the opportunity to work a summer job in a local nursery. The owner, a brusque but fair-minded gentleman named Al, had asked my brother and I to help him weed and water the plants in the several green houses that he owned. The work was fairly easy until one day, at the very end of our stint only days prior to returning to school, Al announced that he had a special job for us that day. He was expecting a flatbed in soon loaded with the hundreds of aluminum frames that would become the supporting structures for two new greenhouses he was planning to erect on the property. The day was hot and the sun beat down.
We followed the trucker as he slowly crept his rig across the roughly graded terrain behind the existing greenhouses. When he stopped, we grabbed, unloaded, and dropped the frames as directed by Al who kept the pace right beside us. As the morning wore on and the sun rode higher and higher into the sky, the aluminum frames began to heat up. Even with the gloves that we were wearing, it became more and more difficult to handle the hot metal. Finally, a piece of heated metal came in touch with my bare, sweaty arm and I pulled back in pain. The piece I was holding in my other end came with me. It had hooked itself around an entire stack of frames and within seconds the entire lot had plummeted to the ground. I looked up at Al expecting to hear his rebuke. Instead he motioned to the truck driver to stop. Never looking at either of us, he approached the neatly stacked pile of frames now resting squarely in front of us but no longer perched on the ...
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