Last week, while finishing up a two-day maintenance outage at work, I was exhausted. I was about to get myself ready to head home when I saw something in a co worker's office that caught my attention. He had an 18" adjustable (often called Crescent) wrench on his bookcase that was missing the movable jaw and adjusting worm gear. I picked it up and grinned. My coworker said he was disappointed that he couldn't find economical replacement parts allowing the wrench to be repaired for less than buying new. I stood there, looking at him, exhausted from 15 hours at work, with the wrench in my hand, and said "I feel just like this wrench, 95% here, but completely worthless." It then dawned on me the significance of the joke so I asked him if I could keep the wrench. He was glad to have one less piece of junk in his office so he said "Sure." All weekend long I thought about the broken wrench and why only 5% of it missing made it useless, and how that
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