Was chatting with my wife earlier and remembered I still had the pencil
behind my ear.
This started a conversation which had a life of its own. Like how long after
removing the said pencil do you still think it is there? I have been known
to scratch behind the ear, just to check you understand, an hour later!
Where do people with glasses keep their pencil?
If you just started wearing glasses, do you still try to put pencil behind
I`m getting worse with age - when I wander into the canteen in work I
take my own plate and cutlery with me, and i`ve found myself going to put
a fork behind my ear at times while my lunch is in the microwave...
Apart from that, i`ve put permanent marker pens there as well :-}
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I've been known to walk to school to get our little one with the
pencil still lodged, as well as go up to the nearest shed for new
bits, or put up a shelf and spend the next few hours painting only to
be surprised at dislodging the pencil when I try to flick me hair out
of the way - I've got rather a lot of it :). Could still be novelty
factor though, since I've only been specs-less since being lasered 2
years ago....beforehand it was v.difficult to stick a pencil alongside
the spec leg.
Somebody just has to invent a little rubber or foam doo-dad that
clips to a spectacle arm and has a vee in it, and you push your
pencil in that. Important people would have one on each arm, so
left and right handed versions might be needed. The deluxe model
would have an Anglepoise type mechanism so you can position your
pencil at the preferred distance and angle from the head. And
then there'd be bolt-on accessories like hazard warning lights,
spotlights, tissue holders, large clip-on frogs (to scare flies
away), mini fans for hot weather and blowing dust out of the way,
and a water spray for fire fighting the moment you make it
happen.The possibilities are endless.
I think we just started a whole new industry.
Spotlights are already available - a glassless frame, with a forward
pointing light at each side and a small battery in each arm. They can be
worn with spectacles, which, as you no longer need to hold a small Maglite
in them, leaves your teeth free to hold the pencil. However, as you are
probably working at night, one of the pens with a built-in LED around the
tip might be more useful.
Well, I've no problem keeping a pencil behind the old lugs, even with the
obligatory geek glasses; but fitting scissors and tape measures behind
the ears would need gobs of blutac (or superglue for a one-off install).
Ha! Gottit! Shave hair in above/behind ear area, superglue velcro loop
to scalp; then vital workshop accessories - scissors, knives, tapes,
mugs of steaming hot tea - can be fitted with velcro hook pads and so
kept to hand.
Gawd, inventiveness at its best. I feel a patent application coming on ;-)
A friend once came to see me, I could hardly recognise him because he was
dressed in a suit. I've no idea where he got it from, as far as I know he'd
never worn one before and hasn't done since. He'd taken his invention to the
The suit didn't work ...
Motto - no idea!
Which reminds me of......
20 odd years ago when I maintained on-site compooters my main client
was a rather large oil refinery down near Southampton. I used to spend
5 days a week there fixing equipment on occasion. Knew my main contact
well from meeting him frequently and all that.
My wife and I were walking down a crowded Southampton high street one
weekend. A chap approached from the other direction and just as he was
going past I remembered he was my main contact at the refinery.
The brain didn't kick into gear until late because when he was on-site
he was always very smartly dressed, nice suit and all that. And that
day in the high street he was dressed down.
Made me realise that you get to know people in a certain surrounding
and if they appear somewhere else they can almost be non-descript.
One was a free Ikea one, and the other was actually a pen :)
I had the tape measure in my hand as it happens :)
On another note, I was bust putting up a CCTV camera at said mates house the
other day - I ended up with a 8mm masonry drill bit behind one ear at one
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