By WR Jones
Plein Air – 8″ x 10″ – Oil on Linen Panel
This little girl is getting a head start on a life of frustration. Good luck kid.
I’m going to talk about some general handy man stuff today.
The first issue:
Keeping track of your glue. Last week I needed some super glue. I needed it to glue my broken guitar playing thumbnail. The nail broke when I fell with my bike (again). Guess the pain from the first fall didn’t register to the extent I would learn something. Now I’ve got a note taped to my handlebars reminding me to un-clip feet when stopping. Had to use tape instead of glue as I didn’t have any glue. It just occurred to me that if I’m going to stick with those biking shoes (and my wife is insisting that I do so having spent all that money on them) I ought to put those training wheels back on. Well, I take the car to Walmart to get a $7 big bottle of super glue for the thumbnail. Would have ridden the bike but now I get the shakes every time I go near it. I get home and open desk drawer to put my car keys away and notice I did have a big bottle of super glue. Ok, let’s not get started on the memory issue. I open the new glue and apply to thumbnail. All is good. The next day I need to glue the trim on my pickleball paddle. Can’t find the new bottle of glue. Fine, I have another in my desk. I use that bottle to fix paddle. Two days later my thumbnail is splitting again. I look for the glue that was in my desk. Not there. In fact not ANYWHERE. It has gone to glue heaven with the first bottle. Now I have lost $14 worth of glue in a few days. Could this sort of thing have led to that saying, “a fool and his money?” I bought a third bottle of glue. This time paying only $5 so
if when I lose it my total glue expense will be less than $20. Brilliance comes in spurts they say – after fixing my nail I glued the bottle down. Good idea eh. Well the concept was ok but not so much the execution. I glued it to my desk. If I rip it off it will leave a noticeable spot on the expensively refinished top. I’ll just dust around it. If I need it for my thumb again I will have to turn the desk over to get glue to drip out. This feels like a future disaster.
The second issue:
Plumbing – don’t do it, pay someone.
I changed to a fancy shower head this morning. The first attempt failed as the water shot out the connection onto the shower head wall and ceiling instead of coming out the expected holes. Not sure exactly what happened. I tried again. This time I planned on tightening the connection so the water could not possibly escape backwards. Well really, how was I to know a wrench could slip off like that? Gouged a small hole in wall. Not that big of deal and I didn’t spill all that much paint while touching up the wall repair. Now it sort of works. At least the back spurt doesn’t reach all the way to the ceiling. This shit is some sort of black magic, pay your local warlock to do it.