Man behind sayings lists favorites

Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2001

Finding inspiring, thought-provoking and humorous sayings every week for more than 20 years is no small assignment.

"I have many, many different sources including church bulletins, books and customers," said Rick Abbott, the man behind Spenard Builders Supply reader board. "Man, I've got piles of them.

Abbott is the Soldotna branch manager for SBS. Each week he and co-worker Sean Eastham select a new saying to post on the store's sign at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road.

Kim Mariman, of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, said she looks to the sign for positive sayings to use in the chamber's monthly newsletter.

This month, Mariman used, "Make happy those who are near and those who are far will come."

Eastham said working on the board with Abbott is fun. One of Eastham's favorite sayings is, "People are a lot like wheelbarrows -- they only go as far as they're pushed."

"I've still got that tacked up on my desk at work," Eastham said.

Does Abbott have a favorite?

"I've got a lot of them," he said.

A list of his favorites includes:

If Noah had been truly wise, he would have swatted those two mosquitoes.

The road to success is always under construction.

Misspellers of the world untie.

A sure sign of poor workmanship is wrinkled duct tape.

Income tax is the fine for reckless thriving.

Radar spelled backwards is radar -- they get you coming and going.

Life is fragile. Handle with prayer.

Wise men still seek Him.

Coming soon: If God is your co-pilot, swap seats.

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