Renaissance Man?

Interesting weekend. This past weekend was an interesting one in retrospect. In a three day span I used skills that spanned centuries and was accused of being a “renaissance man”.

The terms Renaissance man and, less commonly, Homo Universalis (Latin for “universal man” or “man of the world”) are related and used to describe a person who is well educated or who excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields.[3]The idea developed in Renaissance Italy from the notion expressed by one of its most accomplished representatives, Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472): that “a man can do all things if he will.” It embodied the basic tenets of Renaissance humanism, which considered humans empowered, limitless in their capacities for development, and led to the notion that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible. Thus the gifted people of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments, and in the arts.

On Friday, I finished up the “work week” – as if Friday actually meant anything anymore – working on a couple of websites and doing server maintenance as well as creating a whole new design for Redding Youth Soccer (watch for the new design to launch mid-June!). Saturday morning started early with me helping pour some concrete at the parent’s house for their new hot tub. I have become the “go to” in the family for finishing of concrete – it sure helps to have a father-in-law that can show you the correct way to do things (thank you Gary Coombs!)! When we finished there (and after some lunch of course – gotta keep the strength up!) I headed over to my brother’s house. There we spent the afternoon designing, laying out and installing a new tile floor in the their guest bath. All of which made for a definite Ibuprofen and Beer evening!

Sunday morning dawned bright, sunny and warm – so I headed out to the shop to work on “the bug“. The project is nearing the next phase and I just have a few small things to finish up in the metal work area before moving onto finish body work and paint. So I started the day by cutting the new widened rear fenders for the bumper brackets, got frustrated and decided to leave it for a while and move onto something else. So I welded in the new rear seat mounts and began working on the rear seat and storage. With the extensive body work in the rear seat area, I cannot use a stock rear seat, so I am building my own out of wood, that will then be upholstered to match the front seats. That took up pretty much all afternoon (pictures forthcoming).

Monday morning and back to computers…. So quite a weekend wasn’t it? Dirt, Concrete, Tile, Fiberglass, Metal and Wood – yep, think I have it covered! However, can’t say that I quite reach the level of the Italian masters, but I will say we do have something in common. World Cup starts this week and I will be watching!

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