Posted in Flotsam, Mildly Interesting

Patient Pockets

retropocketsEver prepared, my mother-in-law kept these extra pockets on hand, for about fifty years I’d guess?

It was just in case there was a need for pockets mounted externally, over pink pants and a pink belt, although I guess any color would work. I can’t tell if the man in the picture is smiling because he is pleased with his new pockets, or if it’s a precursor to murderous rage.

Posted in Flotsam

Mister Owl, How many Q-tips DOES it take to make my ear stop itching?

I think someone is messing with my head- I keep finding this owl in different places, now he is nesting in the box above the toilet. He was supposed to be a clever way to store Q-tips, I think.

In my younger days I would have used him for Tootsie Pops, but I can’t have those any more.

So he just stares at me, and silently mocks my personal hygiene rituals.

Posted in Flotsam

Things it’s best not to win at auction #602

Things I am glad I did not win on Listia

WCfieldsBatteryTesterThis W.C. Fields battery tester. I understand that the company has the made-up word “Noveltronics” in the name, but come on, all it does is test batteries, good/bad based on whether his nose lights up.

Maybe they couldn’t get the rights to the guy from the “Operation” board game.

It could have been fun if they had it spout actual quotes. For example, If the battery was bad, it could say, “I like children – fried.” (That passed for humor in his time)

I bid 19,000 “Listia points” for this, with free shipping. I estimate the value of the points to be about $7.50. Just thought it would look cool in my toolbox. But as usual, I was outbid at the last minute. Just as well!

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Posted in Flotsam, Grey Gardens West

This right here, is spring fever.

Mclendons-springs-August-2013v3 I was at McLendon’s Hardware in Renton a few weeks ago, and I was impressed with their assortment of springs. Sadly, I could not think of a single current project that is held up for want of “A helical metal coil that can be pressed or pulled but returns to its former shape when released, used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement.” But I know where to go when it happens. (And it will happen)