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Monday, January 31, 2011
Good Idea No. 9
Some years ago I bought a really different knife block from Bed, Bath and Beyond because my beloved knife rack was packed up because I couldn't attach anything to the walls in our rental. This knife block looks like most others, except that instead of preformed places for the knives to go made out of wood, the interior was fitted with a bunch of skinny plastic rods, so that you could configure how you keep knives in it however you want. Once we bought our house and I could hang up my knife rack, the funky knife block went out to my bench in the garage.
It currently holds all my screwdrivers, nail sets, putty knives, brad puller, and drywall saw.
What can I say? I'm a person of disparate interests and strengths- I keep the checkbook balanced to the penny and pay the bills on time (usually), but I can't manage to keep crap from accumulating on the dining room table. I tend to obsess over the proper use of English grammar (at least, as I understand it), but my math skills are practically non-existent. This is probably why I'm always amazed that the built-in furniture I make for this house turns out as well as it does. I find that the older I get, the less willing I am to suffer fools gladly, but I love well when I love. I shoot from the hip and eat a lot of foot, but at least you don't have to guess what I'm thinking or feeling. I sleep too little and drink too much, and I still haven't figured out what I want to be when I grow up, which is probably why I haven't. However, I do seem to fake it pretty well. To know me is to love me - at least, that's what I keep telling myself. Did I also mention that I'm a loose cannon? And now I have both a soap box and a huge megaphone called a blog....