• Use the right tool for the right job

    If I had a nickel for every time someone that I knew broke something because they were not using the right tool for the job, I think I would be a wealthy woman. Just last week my boss asked me if I could repair his very expensive antique letter opener that had snapped off at the handle because he was using it as a screwdriver to loosen the battery cover of his new digital camera! Sometimes I wonder about people – it would have taken him all of three minutes to go get a screwdriver from the toolbox we keep in the storage cabinet, but instead he decided to use his beautiful antique letter-opener instead. I told him that I had no idea how to repair that – the metal had snapped, and I am not a welder!

    Meanwhile, on the home front I had bought a picnic blanket to be kept in the trunk of my car. It was not your standard tarp, but to be honest I don’t remember where I got it or how much it cost, but it was machine washable, and it was soft, so it could actually be used like a blanket to keep warm if needed, but was also water repellent so if you put it on damp grass and sat on it your clothes stayed dry. What ever possessed my hubby to use that as a motorcycle cover when he had just come home from a two hour ride I will never understand. What I DO know is that the tarp brushed up against the hot tail pipe of his motorcycle and the tarp melted – leaving pieces of what I assume is nylon stuck to the tailpipe, and a very large wrinkled up melted mess of a tarp. Boy was he angry about that melted nylon on the tailpipe! Of course the fact that my nice picnic blanket was ruined didn’t matter at all! Sometimes I just don’t understand guys. I’m a woman and even I know that you should always use the right tool for the right job if you want to get the right results!

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