bottle of neatsfoot oil to recondition my leather jacket, which I’ve
owned since 1979. It worked quite well, but I was curious about the
exotic */Neat/* creature that exudes this useful oil from its feet. It
seems that NEAT was once a word for the bovine: a cow. No doubt they
stopped calling them */neats /*when someone tried to housebreak one as
an indoor pet.
One of the flaws of capitalism is that, since it is based on greed,
manufacturers prefer to sell us a whole new product rather than
supplying reasonably priced replacement parts. If parts are available
at all, they are priced much higher than their actual value.
Evaporative coolers, for example, can last for years, but the metal
pad-holders, subjected to constant water-flow, rust out. _Replacements
are not available!_ Even the big hardware stores don’t have them. As a
result, I had to build my own replacement pad-holder yesterday. Time
will tell if it works as well as the original.
In a capitalist economy, sometimes the greed motivation works to the
benefit of most, but it results in annoying _*gaps*_* *for the
consumer. It is inherently inefficient, and creates _planned
obsolescence_ in its products. Why don’t they use rustproof plastic or
aluminum for pad-holders? Right.
Recently I heard of a new sport, apparently popular in Missouri and
Oklahoma, called *_noodling_*. No, not competitive pasta-making. It’s
a form of catfishing. Instead of hooks and bait, you dive in the water
and look for large catfish hiding in old beaver-holes, and stick your
hand in the fish’s mouth. Assuming the fish is not large enough to bite
off your whole hand, or fast enough to bite off a finger, you’ve got
your fish dinner. Great idea. Caution:  Sometimes the catfish’s
mate may attack you from behind.  Sometimes beaver holes are occupied
by beavers, which are not amenable to the hand-in-mouth capture technique.
It’s a friendly universe…
Let’s make it a peaceful world.
Cosmic Cabdrivers’ Guide to the Universe
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Thought for the day:
The number of feet in a yard is directly proportional to the success
of the barbecue.