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