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Offline Richard/RMW

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Tinker's Tales
« on: November 21, 2016, 09:28 AM »
For a while now I have been thinking of starting a thread as a place to gather up our favorite tales from Wayne Tinker, what finally pushed me over the top was reading his tale published in his local town online magazine, the Wilton Vibe.

A while back someone nominated Wayne as the Bard of the Board, there was debate and at least one second, the motion passed by acclimation. I think that honor is fitting and well earned, & propose that we copy our favorite tales and save them on this thread, to simplify reading them & foster some enjoyable conversations.  Here's a favorite of mine to start things off, the original thread is here:

For the past few years, we have had a fox visit our yard. We have an "L" shaped lot that is mostly hillside and across the road is about 2000 acres of swamp, wetlands and town forest (Ridgefield, Danbury and CT. State Forest.  I tell people i am paying taxes on 1/2acre but have a 2000 acre front yard. We have coyotes in the woods that often serenade me abbot the time i am arising around 3am. 

I am sure it is year round, but i only notice the fox's visits in the winter time and only when the snow is on the ground.  I see his tracks about every week and a half to two weeks and those tracks always take the nearly exact same route, almost within inches with practically no variation. I have never actually seen the fox, but whenever the snow has arrived, I look for the tracks.

A few years after we were married, we started having visits from other animals, most notable raccoons.  Our garbage was being stored on steel cans which I ould put a heavy stone on the cover to keep them out. I had a vegetable garden in those days and as others, I always knew when my corn was ready for picking.  Those raccoons would start raiding.  It was always a challenge to waitunil the very last minute to pick.  I knew when it was best time to pick for best flavor.  trouble was, those raccoons knew as well.  Quite accidentally, I discovered that they also loved watermelon rinds.  Not only as well as corn, but even better.  As long as I had the veggy garden, from that point on, we ate lots of watermelon in the late summer, starting just before the corn was ready for picking.

One evening, as we were just sitting down for evening dinner, there was a knock on our back door that was right next to the kitchen table. I reached for the door handle and opened.  Our next door neighbor walked into the room and suggested we keep ut dog inside for a couple of days.  It seemed he was tired of the raccoons' raids and was putting poison around his area.  We were all flabbergasted and speechless as he turned and walked out immediately.  My wife and looked at each other, still unable to come up with words to express our horror.  Our children were both upset as they were, by that time, as much dog and wild life friendlyas there parents. 

From that time on, until  had built a solid enclosure to store garbage, we placed our table scraps, and especially watermelon rinds, on top of the stonewall I had been building just beyond our kitchen entrance.  Every morning, what ever scraps we had put out there were gone with no trace.  eventually, we not only had a family of raccoons, but a couple of skunks, possums, probably some rats and some other wild critters visiting.  Often, there would be a line up of our visitors waiting for me t place goodies on the wall.  They were no afraid, and once used to me, hey were not particularly stand offish either.  Our dog, even tho a hunting breed, would not give chase ad it was like we were all one happy family. 

Shortly, my wifes nephew and niece came to visit from Germany.  On our way home from picking them up at Kennedy Airport, we were telling the two youngsters about our daily evening visitors.  The two were very excited about the prospects of seeing us feed our wild friends and hoped they could see them up close.  When we got home from the airport, of course just about all the conversation was of the German tongue, with only an occasional interpretation in english as my wife tried to keep our children and me up to date as best she could.  There was plenty of talk, >>> but no animals!!!  The children from across the pond were disappointed, to say the least.  They stayed disappointed for the entire two weeks visit.  The day after we took them to the airport for their return to Germany, the entire lineup reappeared. 

Eventually, the neighbor who had planned to poison our friendly visitors moved away.  They brought different problem in the form of a rather nasty dog.  That is another long story.  The feeding of our "livestock" soon came to an end, but we enjoyed the trip while it lasted.

@Tinker thank you for sharing all the wonderful stories and keep them coming!


As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

Offline Bob Marino

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2016, 09:18 AM »
 Thanks for starting this thread. Tinker (Wayne) is a one of kind type guy, with more energy and wit than people half his age and has a uniquely wonderful way with words.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2016, 10:14 AM »
Thanks for starting this thread. Tinker (Wayne) is a one of kind type guy, with more energy and wit than people half his age and has a uniquely wonderful way with words.

And he is still only 39 years young!

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Offline Tinker

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2016, 03:23 PM »
@ RMW  Richard, thanks for starting this thread.  I had sent you a note about the Wilton Vibe story, but had not planned to go much further on the FOG with that direction.  I do love telling stories.

I have two landscaping/snow plowing customers who have been encouraging me to get into writing.  The first to "get on my back" is a writer of "slushy type stories you would never read." She happens to be a PhD in English Literature and an X- university professor.  I knew she was a professor from several years back when i first started doing her work.  i did not know she was a writer.  She has, since this past summer, shortly before i had my (slight) heart attack, been very encouraging and has offered to go thru some of my stories (I have over 200 stored away in my computer.  She doesn't know what she would be geting in to) with her editing experience.  She has read several of my stories and has helped me with ideas when i have told her i could not get a story started .  She has offered to go thru some of my stuff during winter time and when she finishes the book she is presently working on.  I am excited about that.

the second is also a LS & SP customer.  A day or so after i came out of the hospital, i got a note from her asking about one of my bills.  she appologized for being so late as she had been to her family cabin about 2 hours north of Toronto.  She had no electricity, no TV, no running water and "of course, no indoor plumbing.  Oh how I hate that outhouse."  I wrote back immediately with a little humor in my explanation about billing with the addition of "I can do you one better..."  I told her of moving into and living in the house in Wilton with none of the moderrn conveniences as well.  She wrote back asking if she could use parts of my letter in the Wilton Vibe of which she is the editor.  After some back and forth editing, her editing my story/me editing her edits/her editing my edits of her edits... well, you get the idea, we arrived at he story you can read. 

I have been paid, for the first time ever for the story.  I wrote the lady a thankyou note to which she  has replied with subjects that will be in each issue over the next year.  she has encouraged me to submit more.  you guys know how difficult it is to get me going, but i am working at several stories to get back to her with.  It's really a tough job, but I will sacrifice  ::)

Thank you to all of you FOGers who have given me encouragement.  It has been a  lot of fun and I will continue to bore you now and then.  [wink]


PS @RMW  you have headed this thread with Tinker's Tales.  I am toying with the idea of writing a book, maybe a couple.  my first choice for a title has been Tinker's Tales.  I hope you don't mind if it does come about.
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline bobfog

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2016, 03:28 PM »
The danger with being a "story teller" is that it creates an expectation, and sometimes the expectations start telling the stories.

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2016, 05:33 PM »
Like many, I too appreciate and enjoy Tinkers contributions and stories. They reflect the experiences of a man who has lived perhaps a hard and varied life, but at most times an optimistic one.

Both now and in the past Wayne appears to be in tune with both his environment and the people with whom he has contact. One of these people is a lovely women for whom, underneath the vaneer of the stories, Wayne reveals true love and respect.

In recent months I have further appreciated the support through replys and PMs he has offered me both with mowing   [big grin] and in working through some current health issues. It speaks much of a man who is going through his own health issues that he has time and empathy for others.

I certainly look forward  to reading more of your tales and experiences Wayne.

Thank you.

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Offline sprior

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2016, 03:56 PM »
Because of this forum a while back I found out that Tinker lives about 10 minutes from me and I've met him a few times as well as his wife.  Once I got to hear his stories as we went to the Tool Nut together.  They are both delightful people in person, not just the stories, but the positive energy in general.

Offline Holmz

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2016, 06:59 PM »
Always good when a thread can turn into a good yarn.

Offline Corwin

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2016, 01:56 AM »
So, Tinker, what ever became of that fox?   [blink]

And thanks for making this place a bit better!  [big grin]

Offline Tinker

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Re: Tinker's Tales
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2016, 03:22 AM »
So, Tinker, what ever became of that fox?   [blink]

And thanks for making this place a bit better!  [big grin]

That fox is still visiting. I see its tracks in the snow whenever there is snow on the ground.  Still travels the exact same trail it always has traveled.  One of these years, I will probably look for the track, but when i don't find, I will have lost an old friend.   
Wayne H. Tinker