I was standing at the sliders in my studio watching three young boys dig out my neighbor's car. The boys looked to be around 12 or 13. For them, it was an exercise in learning to use the right tools. 

One boy was using a garden shovel. Another boy was using a windshield scraper to dig away the snow from the rear wheels. The third boy had no shovel, or scraper, but the other boys would occasionally stop and listen to him. He seemed to be telling the other two how to dig. He reminded me of a manager on the payroll of the state of Connecticut.

Eventually, the boys got the job done, but two of them could've done it much faster with the right tools and without the manager.

"Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart's 30 years at The Courant" at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 (snow date, February 10th.) It's a fundraiser for the Mark Twain House. Tickets are $15 per person. Reception from 5:30PM to 6:30 PM and the illustrated talk, suitable for all ages, is in the lecture hall at 6:45PM. For more information or to order tickets, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. 

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