This morning has not started off superbly. After mistakenly staining my dress shirt with a spray of turkey grease and realizing all too late that my undershirt was backwards, in two seperate incidents I was greeted with the wrong name by my co-workers.
“good morning Dave… I mean mike”
“good morning Steve… uh… mike.”
But all is well, because this past weekend brought me to Hampton Beach in NH. Jill and I went up there for a day trip on Saturday. It was great. Jill packed the foodstuffs, of which we ate a plenty, and we enjoyed a day in the sun and water. Tragically, just before we were going to go swimming Jill’s swimsuit snapped. Her fast thinking resulted in her Not flashing the beach, and we quickly got her under a towel. I quickly switched from mild mannered mike d. to Mechanical Engineering Man and set to fixing the suit.
The mechanism was such:
I’ve drawn a faux crack at the point of failure. this would not be an easy fix.
Jill and I took inventory:
1: a book bag with some magazines
2: a cooler filled with food
3: a bottle opener keychain
4: my camera
5: towels and other beach standards
6: my bathing suit
The keychain was the obvious first solution. That metal circular clasp things on all keys might prove useful. So, I slipped that into the left side of the broken suit. Then I realized that my swim suit had a useless weird tag thing. It was plastic and looked like a saw. Here’s a picture. also in the picture is the broken clasp. jill’s pointing to the broken clasp.
after cutting of the piece of string that was being used to hold on that weird saw tag thing, I was able to tie through the metal keychain and the previous clasp. The result was a fully working swim suit with a slightly oversized tie:
Once again, Mechanical Engineering Man has come to the rescue.
This weekend Sander Jesse and I also made an 18 lb turkey with delicious gravy. So if you’re hungry, feel free to stop by the House of Rock this week. We’ll feed you.
Please note, there is also a movie review up by alicia. Enjoy!
21 thoughts on “Turkey anyone?”
This reminds me of Apollo 13 when they’re trying to have the astronauts make a circle to square adapter for the air system using book binders and socks.
good job guys!
I might be wrong, but I believe that “weird saw tag thing” is some type of surfboard combing tool. I have a couple suits that came with similar pieces. I know nothing about surfing and surfboard combing (if is actually a real action) so can anybody enlighten me?
Next time you are up north in the NH area, give me a ring! You need to see the new place…
I like turkey! How long will said turkey be around the House of Rock? I will be in the CT area this upcoming weekend for some sort of engagement I have. Or can the turkey be mailed up to me?
I can get you my address if you need it.
Ted! You know, I totally thought it might be some sort of comb. Surfing makes sense. Is Ryan Schenk in the audience? If so, perhaps he might know the purpose for the mysterious saw.
There will definitely be turkey left over this weekend. feel free to stop by, I should be home.
And yes shaun, I really do need to see your place soon. we’ll have to plan a trip.
it is indeed a “wax comb” for surfing uses. my pair of boardies from australia has the same thing (which I have taken off, as well. though, i did leave the string, as it makes for a good place to attach keys or what have you.)
so, as far as i understand, you take your surf wax and spread it all over the board, and then comb it to create traction grooves so that your feet don’t slide off.
as for me, i tried surfing and failed miserably. perhaps it was that i was too weak with mono. or perhaps it was because my center of gravity is too high. or perhaps it was because i was in the southern hemisphere, where just standing up requires more balance than normal.
(nice ME fix, by the way)
((oh, and thanks for stopping by the T5T party))
clever work, Mike.
Almost makes me wish I was an engineer. But I’m not very good at math, so that’s never going to happen.
Though i’ve been informed that I’m not “WPI Good” at math, but I’m better than average. That’s something, right?
How are your songs coming along, Ryan and I are still going to produce you.
As MikeD’s and the House of Rock’s Personal agent, I’m afraid we can’t allow such producing to proceed without our tech rider not being meet. Contact my secretary and she can forward the aforementioned document.
Our production team does not consult with ‘agents,’ as they generally carry highly communicable diseases and are generally scummy people.
the ideal Agent is not one that creates resistant red tape when others are trying to help engage the musical career of the band.
Ben, the music is coming along well. We still have quite a bit of work to do before we’re ready. But be sure I’ll keep you up to date on all the info.
Awesome! Ryan and I need to practice anyway.
MikeD. I’m trying to get you more food. Technical Riders usually include insane amounts of food. If I could have gotten you a pan of brownies for those two producing your music how happy would you have been? …….be honest. 1 free pan of brownies.
honestly, did you do soccomm with the rest of us? Tech riders include equipment, hospitality riders include food.
And I’m not booking Mike, I’m collaborating with him, it’s different.
Make him BROWNIES!!!!
Actually, I think I would prefer chicken breast sauteed in a teaspoon of olive oil with a touch of pepper served on a bed of roasted vegetables and risotto. Maybe a side of fruit salad mixed with fat free cottage cheese?
yes, that’d be perfect.
I don’t know if it’ll be risotto, but maybe i’ll cook for a bunch of you jerks sometime after kurt gets hitched.
And I don’t like Brownies all that much so i have no idea how to make them.
My bathing suit broke in exactly the same way. I swear a male invented that plastic clasp thingy and designed it to fail mechanically just so he and other males could ogle the women who fell prey to his design.
I temporarily fixed it using a large safety pin. Then fixed it permanently by purchasing a new bathing suit that does not employ that wretched clasp. The new bathing suit, by the way, only $5 on the sale rack at Kohl’s. I love that store.
Nice work on the MacGuyvering of Jill’s suit though.
And I still have your t-shirt…somewhere in the rubble of my bedroom.
Quote: “Iâ€™m afraid we canâ€™t allow such producing to proceed without our tech rider not being meet.”
There’s at least two things wrong with this sentence. Catch them all!
It’s true, Caitlin’s bathing suit did come together with a safety pin.
Though, the only males designing clothes are the kind who like MacGuyver for his hair, if you know what I mean.
TWO THINGS!!! Darnnit…I was shooting for more. I was trying to make it the most gramatically incorrect sentance known to man.
Safety pins are great for putting bathing suits back together! I had the same thing happen to my favorite suit and it’s been saftey pinned together for 4 years now.
Kudo’s on making having the large tie match the bathing suit!