Thursday, February 11, 2010

Broken tools and drinks

One of my many Career changes. hahahahahahahahaha!



We have some stuff stored in a tractor/trailer, trailer. I guess that is what you call it. If you have a name for it let me know. Anyway it is 53’ x 8’. It is a long story why we had so much stuff to store but we had some.


Going thru it and much of Mark’s stuff I found at least ten circular saws (value new $25 to $80), several drills (new $15 to $50) and 10-15 nail guns (value $100-$500 ea). All in need of repair. That makes no sense.

We have a Black and Decker space saver coffee pot here in our home. Cost was $39. Evelyn knew we wanted one and found it on sale. We lost the carafe (glass pot) when it vibrated out, fell and broke. B&D wanted $32 for the replacement pot.
Most of the time I am logical. IF the trigger switch on my drill that was two years old broke, and they wanted $28 for the trigger replacement and I could buy a new drill just like it for $30, I bought the new one and put the broke one back out of the way. That is why there are so many broken tools in our collection; it costs more to repair them than they are worth. That is not LOGICAL, makes no sense to me especially when I would be fixing them the only cost is the part..



Oh, and the carafe? I kept thinking we would find one at a thrift store. Do you know there are as many carafes’ as there are types of panty hose? Anyway, Sherry found an 8 cup pot that fits in the 12 cup slot, and works just fine, cost $1 at a yard sale. BUT what will I do with all the broken tools? (sold for scrap metal most likely)
Drinks.
A few days ago Denny’s gave out free breakfast. I am sure they figured most folks would buy a drink. I personally won’t wait in line for a free breakfast. As a matter of fact I have turned down a free steak, due to long lines. Have you noticed the price of drinks going up?



One of my ‘careers’ was running a Roach Coach (Sandwich wagon) called ‘Jack’s Wagon’. I sold tea, canned drinks, sandwiches, etc. Some of the roach coaches sold fountain drinks. The salesman came to me about it, it was a good deal. I could sale the drink for $.30 and the cost was $.04 including ice and cup. Profit $.26. I was buying the canned drink for $.15 and selling it for $.30. Less profit but less trouble.
When you pay $2 for a drink now, they are making about $1.70 profit. So when the price of the meal is down, they make the money off the drinks. It is a marketing tool that has been around for years; a new twist to the bait and switch.

I don’t blame them; they too must make a living and pay help. I just don’t like someone thinking they are fooling me. Hahahahaha!
Thanks for coming this way.
Nite Shipslog
PS:


THE SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the peopleI never liked anyway,The good fortune to run into the ones I do, andThe eyesight to tell the difference.


*******************



8 comments:

Paula said...

You should have seen our garage. Mel knew how to fix things and loved to fix things especially if other people thought it couldn't be fixed. He never threw anything away. Thank goodness my brother and brother-in-law helped me take loads to salvage after he died.

Shirl 72 said...

I don't think I will comment on this one about
things. I know I had more that anybody. We had
six out buildings full. I know you will agree
because you & Sherry were the ones that help me
down size. Jim would not throw anything away.
You name it and we had it.

Shirl

jack69 said...

Just a note. We are headed to Lake Park today. Our good friend Irma Pender is having a birthday. She is in the early 90's now. Such a beautiful lady. may not make it back to post. We might just find a Motel and have a vacation. Also I have found alittle boat in Miami shores, hope to get down to see it.

Fred Alton said...

This is a great post, Jack. I too have too many broken tools, but not near enough to fill up a tractor trailer's trailer. :D Since my early pastorates were not able to pay me a full salary, I learned to carpenter, so was able to put bread on the table that way. I had never worked with a nail-gun (although I've seen others do so) until last summer when my son-in-law brought his up to the cabin to help me build that back porch. WOW was I surprised at the speed! We did what I thought would take at least four hours in only one hour!
Oh boy, do I ever notice the increase in the price of drinks! Since I'm a heavy drinker - it has almost made a tee-totaler out of me. I've ordered water a few times when we go out to eat lately. I hate paying $2 for a glass of iced tea. And for my beer, I get it now at the grocery where it is cheaper in bulk. That Barq's root-beer is my fav kinda drink.
On the coffee pots - the best one I have is a Coleman which the kids bought me for Christmas a few years ago. It will work on a camp fire - but works better on a camp stove. I use it at the cabin on my gas kitchen stove and it makes the most wonderful coffee. I still pour it into an old aluminum camp pot and hang it over the camp-fire because of the aesthetic appeal. Enjoy your time away from your home away from home - and buy that boat!

That corgi :) said...

don't get me started on the cost of drinks, LOL. I always complain when hubby gets popcorn and bottled water at the movies. $4.00 for a bottle of water!!!! I can buy a case of 24 for $3.50. Highway robbery!!!

I have several of those carafes you talk about, LOL. When the coffee pot goes, I kept the carafe and sometimes try to sell them at garage sales

betty

Rain said...

I know what you mean how some things are more expensive to repair! My printer is like that, a new little desk printer is cheaper than the ink cartridge, but I can't be THAT person who just buys a new printer every 4-6 months and keeps discarding the old ones...but I'm sure many people do that.

Lucy said...

This entry sounds more like home to me. We have all but what we need in an emergency.

Sayit-baldys said...

TO SHERRY AND JACK,
I HAVE THROWN BROKEN TOOLS IN THE TRASH AND BUY A NEW ONE . HOWEVER AFTER CUTTING OFF THE CORD TO KEEP. BUILT UP A SURPLUS OF CORDS.

ONE EXCEPTION IS A TANK TYPE VACUUM SWEEPER. BOUGHT IT USED FROM A NEIGHBOR TRAVELLING SALESMAN BACK IN THE 1980s. I HAD WENT TO HIS HOUSE TO LOOK AT USED SWEEPERS.
SHOWED ME ONE THAT LOOKED LIKE NEW EXCEPT COULD SEE IT WAS PACKED TO CAPACITY WITH DUST AND SAND, JUST BROUGHT IT BACK FROM NEW MEXICO. THE FAMILY THAT HAD OWNED IT SAID IT JUST QUIT WORKING SO BOUGHT ANOTHER NEW ONE.
THE NEIGHBOR SALESMAN HAD NOT HAD TIME TO WORK WITH IT AND OFFERED IT FOR EIGHT DOLLARS 'AS IS'.
BOUGHT IT, CLEANED IT AND INSTALLED A NEW DUST BAG AND ALL THESE YEARS IT HAS DID A FINE JOB, JUST NEEDED THE BAG EMPTIED ONCE IN A WHILE. sam