Posted in Mildly Interesting

We got a mighty convoy… With orchestration

wegotamightyconvoyWhen I worked at Radio Shack many, many years ago, the manager would insist on playing Manheim Steamroller holiday music, he thought it was a good way to “demonstrate the superior quality of Realistic brand audio products” or some such nonsense.

As soon as he would go somewhere, I would switch to some crappy novelty songs, maybe Weird Al’s “Christmas at Ground Zero”. Just for spite.

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 Grey Gardens West

Can’t buy a simple washer at the hardware store

Whenever I go to a hardware or auto-supply store, I try to avoid the young people who are still learning the ropes. Instead I seek out the cranky old guy, who always resembles Popeye; actually in this case, Mike from “Breaking Bad”. I call him the COG (Crabby Old Guy).

underthesink The chain store I went to doesn’t even carry a simple 1/2″ cone washer to twist on the cold water supply line under the sink and stop a simple leak. The COG insisted that I would have to replace the cold water supply valve, also the line to the sink. Maybe this is what the plumbing code requires these days, it wouldn’t surprise me. Seems to me that a guy should be able to do an emergency leak repair without having to worry about that.

I found the cone washers on Amazon, four to a package; $7.43 with shipping and sales tax. According to the comments on Amazon, all of the hardware chains have dropped these washers. The package says “Cone Washer Small 1/2” Nut to thread-on Type 02-2241 if that helps. (UPDATE: Five months later, no leaks! I take my small victories where I can get them.)