Hopefully, Gene, your gums will harden in time so you can get along with your teeth. Mine never fit correctly from day one and that was the problem. Sadly, I made a deal with the dentist where I paid him in advance to get a discount on the teeth. Bad move as then after the fact I had no leverage to get the teeth corrected. I think he did not like it much when I asked him if he was sure my teeth did not get mixed up with someone else s. My brother once said I had it backward because I wore them but took them out to eat. He thought some people did it the other way around. I hear the implants work pretty well but I know a guy who paid 35 grand to get those about three years ago. I will say that I managed to gum my way through a delicious Porterhouse Steak the other night. At the price I do not do it often, but once in a while. The secret is in the cutting. I sort of let the knife do the chewing by cutting very thin slices. If I cut larger (normal) bites I will think I am an Indian gal tanning leather.
It sounds like you are making great progress on the new shop. That will be nice enough to live in when finished. Presume you have a dry wall T square for marking out your panel cuts, or maybe with your new saw set up that is not necessary?
Sure is some good February weather. Calling for temps. in the high 60's to 70 the rest of the week. O;K with me but some bulb plants might sprout prematurely, then freeze off. I am guessing the fruit growers have to worry on that too.
Hope Ralph's back has recovered. That kind of pain can really slow a man down. I think your Mercury will have the hard to find four inch stroke crankshaft, Ralph.