Back in April, I bought some hardware for a possible book proposal. As
usual, Lee Valley got it here so fast I barely had time to expect it.
So, now, the book proposals are out, and at least one publisher is
interested, but would like to see a completed project (small, lathe
based). A good time to dig the hardware out.
As my granddaughter says, yeah, right.
It sat upstairs until a few weeks ago.
We cleaned up for visitors about then, so my wife decided that tools
and hardware had to leave the living room.
Now, if someone will tell me where I put the blinking stuff, I'll be a
lot happier, because I sure don't remember, and after turning my office
and the shop nearly upside down, and doing a cursory (or was it
cursing) search of the house, I have less of an idea than when I began
My wife says we'll find it. Yeah. Right.
As expected, my face is red. I am grateful I didn't snarl at my wife,
asking where she put the things. I was prepping for shooting some
automobile photos tomorrow. Lifted the camera bag. Bingo!
I'm glad I didn't wait until noon tomorrow to lift the bag. It feels a
little less like someone trying to squeeze my forehead in a vise now.
the "twofers" I've had, and the hard to find items that got yard saled or dumped
a week before they were needed.
New invention needed, though: hardware that comes home from the store
in a normal package, but immediately swells to the size of your average
mastadon, then shrinks again when it makes it to the shop ready for use.
At my house, it would be in a box in the garage. And as accessible as the
Ark of the Covenant.
Last week, after a wooddorker's club meeting, I had a couple of guys drop
by the house. Jay makes these wonderful segemented turnings that are for
all intents and purposes, Faberge' type eggs in exotic woods. I work
larger, and so scraps for me are parts for him. In clearing out stuff to
give him, I found a bag of door trim parts that I had purchased months ago,
and 'put aside for safe keeping'.
Give something, anything, away, Charlie. Your hardware will show up. ;-)
Well Charlie, I can pretty much tell you from experience that they will NOT turn
up until you order replacements...
They're in the same black hole that 1 sock always goes to, and they are
scheduled to return some time between you ordering new ones or the new ones
Bottom line for me is that my time is worth more than the stuff missing, so I
just replace it.. the up side is that it will eventually show up and you'll have
IMHO, getting the project done for the publisher is more important than turning
the place inside out several times (BTDT) and maybe finding them...
Just a coincidence, but I lost my glasses around the end of May... it really
burned me, as in about 30 yrs of wearing them, I've never LOST a pair... grr..
I looked in the shop several times, because since they're for distance, as soon
as I reach for safety glasses, face shield or look at something up close, I take
them off and put them in a bowl on the bench..
My wife tore the house and office up.. after a few days, the neighbors tore the
shop up and searched the yard...
Being stubborn, I refused to order a new set, knowing how the law of returns
work (above).. so I have been wearing my backup set..
This weekend, one of the grand kids comes up to me during the fireworks and
hands me my glasses! He's 4 and said that they were in his toy box... it was a
definite case of "don't ask, don't tell"... I don't care WHERE he found them..
Please remove splinters before emailing
Some people have three tape measures. Others buy pencils by the gross. I
have maybe 10 sets of prescription eyeglasses, some 10-12 years old. For
some reason, they are comfortable for a while, then not. Sometimes the
blended lenses cause a headache, other times, those are the most
comfortable to wear.
And if the grandkid gets them, I have backups!
who was blessed with a healthy new grandson Saturday evening.
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