Echoes of Screws

2 little screws

TRH (The Retired Husband) and I went out on a round of errands today. I had to go sit in Officeworks to create a printed collage. So much cheaper than printing it at home. But the automated machine was not automating very well so it took me ages. Eventually I had to ask for help only to find that I knew more about the machine than my assistant. Anyway, AUD3.80 later I left happy with print in hand.

Himself was sitting in the car, motor running, punching in instructions into the road map thingy. He asked if I was in a hurry. I wasn’t. So off we went on a 30 minute detour. Curious, I asked what he was getting.

It turns out that he needed two screws. That’s not a typo. TWO. Little ones. Bunnings did not sell the right size. Out in the industrial boondocks of Adelaide he turned into the carpark of a huge warehouse. They sell fasteners. Little things. Obviously lots of them given the size of their building.

I waited patiently in the car, answering missed calls and snapping photos of the building – here it is. Various angles. You might think I was bored. No. Not at all. I was germinating ideas for this post  😀

When he came back in his hand he had a little plastic bag in which there was definitely more than two little screws. He was as excited as only a TRH can be. He’d found some toggle latch locks at a third of the price he’d seen somewhere else. Being frugal he had been making do with a less than ideal alternative.

Now he has FOUR toggle latch locks and EIGHT little screws. I guess you never know when you need might just need an extra two or three of something.

As we were driving home, we passed a small business building. He said ‘See that? That’s where they used to be. Thanks to me, they had to move to bigger premises!’  Singlehandedly, when he was still a working man he also sold – wait for it – lots ‘n lots of screws of all shapes and sizes – his demand for supplies had caused the supplier to move into ginormous new premises. I have to admit that I voiced some doubts about what I considered to be a wild exaggeration.

I said ‘Wow! I guess they’ll be going broke soon….’

© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D Roosevelt



17 thoughts on “Echoes of Screws

  1. This post reminded me of trips to various places with my late father – it seems that there is always a need for some little thingie we don’t have (or can’t find!) for every new project. But NOW I have to figure out something to get “BOB the builder – yes we can!” out of my head before it drives me crazy(er).
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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