Episode 12: Part 2 of “The Babbitt Mends in a Little Fill”
Following on with his brilliant questions Alex asked
“What’s this thing about an apprentice contract?”
“Very straightforward” responded the alchemist.
“You simply agree; 1) obey my every command,
2) never engage in gambling, and
3)above all, avoid fornication.”
“Whoa, hold up there Mr. Manners” blurted out Alex,
“I can abide by numbers one and two but
number three is asking a bit much.”
“I guess I can look the other way once in a while”
said the alchemist in a conciliatory tone.
“Where do I sign?”
And so the relationship between the apprentice
and master grew and weathered for
the full four years.
Alex learned about fire, bellows and crucibles.
He even made improvements
to the bellows
Fire had been perfected by someone else
so Alex accepted that fact.
You would think that
the alchemist would
also respect fire but
that was not so.
There were several instances when his turban
caught fire and Alex had to throw
a bucket of water
By the end of his apprenticeship Alex knew
that the alchemist would never turn
lead into gold.
He also learned that the automobile industry
could not properly mate revolving parts.
This was due to voids in the
mating metal surfaces.
These tiny mismatches
caused the gasoline
engines to fail
Alex took one of the alchemist’s failures, BABBITT,
and turned that into a golden opportunity.
The BABBITT was sent in as a little fill.