Mississippi Tradesman Rings the Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange

National Tradesmen Day Congratulations to this handsome hunk of a man, Delwyn Thornton, of Brandon, Miss., who won a skills contest — gripping, marking, clamping, sawing and drilling — put on by Irwin Tools.

As part of his honors, he got to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

Other than enjoying the visual of this fine-looking shoe repairman, and the fact that he is there to also honor “National Tradesmen Day,” which Irwin created to honor its customers, the story is a little wonky for me.

First of all, does Delwyn own any stocks?

Is he part of Wall Street?

Second, look at the photo below and tell me who among these pepole ever touched a tool or honored the people who do touch tools?

Every single well-dressed, well-groomed person in this picture has benefited enormously, as we all have, from the talents and skills and sweat of plumbers and carpenters and plasterers and roofers and electricians and framers and mechanics and tile setters and drywall hangers and masons and concrete finishers and window installers and welders iron workers and lathers on and on.

I hope, understanding how much of our comfort and security we owe to tradesmen and tradeswomen, that we honor them every day.