As a carpenter I sometimes passed projects I wish I had built. Now, as an editor, I occasionally see stories I wish I had written. Andy Engel's recent FHB blog entry is one of them.

It's hard to give credit to a competitor but you have to give credit where credit is due. Andy Engel of FHB deserves some credit for telling the story of his friend Werner, who helped him get his start as a carpenter. Andy's experience of having others try to steer him away from the trades will be familiar those of us who in our teens and early twenties heard things like "You seem like a smart guy; why would you want to work in construction?"

Right now I'm feeling a little jealous of Andy, not for having written such a beautiful story (well, maybe a little) but for having had someone like Werner to mentor him at a critical point in his life.