Referral Guides to Local Fix-It Experts
I pulled the cord on the lawn mower. Nothing. I had already pulled it several dozen times, so I was not surprised it didn’t start. But this particular mower was old and a bit temperamental, so you never quite knew just how many pulls it might take to get it to roar into action. Since I was just a kid at the time, I didn’t know the first thing about how a lawn mower engine actually worked. So I didn’t have many other options except to keep pulling and hope that it eventually kicked into gear.
Well, actually, I did have one other option, but it was definitely a last resort. If all else failed, I could go get my dad. Doing so, of course, was not only a humbling acknowledgement of my total mechanical ineptitude, it was an invitation for him to demonstrate his dad problem-solving wizardry. He had grown up in a time and place where you learned to fix things, so he was fairly handy. He tried to pass on some of his expertise to me, but I was less than an interested student. Just get it to work was my mentality at the time. And inevitably, he would.
In this particular instance, after exhausting myself pulling the cord over and over and needing to get the lawn mowed before dark, I gave in and beckoned the lawn mower whisperer. My dad came outside, pulled the cord once, and the engine roared to life. He smiled and walked back in the house. I was neither amused nor surprised. But the mower was working, which was all I cared about, so off I went to take on the task at hand.
I now, of course, have my own lawn mower and a plethora of other personal and household items that regularly break or do not function properly. And I have wished many times that I had taken the opportunity when I was younger to learn some of my dad’s fix-it skills. They would certainly have come in handy.
On the positive side, as you will see in our article “You Break It, We’ll Fix It” on page 34, there is hope for folks like me. If you know where to look, there is still a cadre of craftsmen and fix-it specialists who can repair a wide variety of items, from the unusual to the everyday.
Speaking of fixing things that are ailing, this issue also contains our second Top Doctors list (page 39). As was the case when we published our first Top Docs feature almost three years ago, this year’s list was compiled by Castle Connolly Medical, one of the most respected healthcare research firms in the county. As with any list, it is neither perfect nor comprehensive, and undoubtedly numerous exceptional doctors are not included for any of a variety of reasons. That said, navigating the physician selection process can be challenging, especially when it comes to critical medical specialties. So while only you can determine the right physician for your specific needs, we hope our Top Doctors list serves as an additional and helpful resource.
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