No, this is not my 50-years-too-late attempt at a working title for a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon…this is a regaling tale of bravery amidst uncertain fate. Imagine a world…broken, on the brink of apocalypse. One man’s quest to fix the family garage, brandishing little more than a soldering iron, and a crippling inability to purchase new things. Read more
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The Solder Marauder, or, How I Celebrated 6 Months of Buying Nothing New — Buy Nothing New for a Year!
We almost made a critical error. I admit this only because the comedic value in our near miss is pure genius. To make a short story long, let me provide some background information. Almost 6 years ago, we purchased a fixer upper that had solid bones and a brand new central HVAC unit, but little else. The previous owners did some “updating,” but literally every. single. thing. they had done to spruce up the home has needed to be undone, simply because it was either done with low-quality parts, shoddy craftsmanship (if you could call it that without insulting real craftsmen) or, generally, a mixture of both. Read more
February has seen colder temperatures, more snow, and fewer purchases for us. That being said, it’s presented some challenges for our keeping off the “new stuff” habit, with the yet-to-be-resolved loss of my smartphone, and more recently, our trusty shop mop. All the while, we’ve been engulfed in the renovation of our downstairs for our upcoming expansion (!!) not to mention busy in the planning stages of other neighborhood events in Portage Park. Amazingly, amongst all of this, we’ve found time to devote to the most important people in our lives, and this February rounds out month two of our New Year’s Resolution…going strong! Read more
So it’s safe to say that the second consumer tragedy has struck our home this past week with the loss of my cell phone in a snowbank on the side of the road, though rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated. There are times in your life where you wish you would have taken advantage of the extended warranty or insurance or “protection plan” or whatever, and this, dear friends, is one of those times. While I was clairvoyant enough to realize that I needed a super-protective case for my smartphone (phone=smart, me=not-so-much) I did not ever anticipate losing my phone inside of a slush puddle for hours.