Oh, if we need a 2-by-4 that's 8 feet long, we're on pretty safe
ground and can head on over to MundoSlab, the building center that
dedicates about half an acre to just tar paper. It's fun going over
there just to see what the new foreign doo-dads are for construction
this month, and you never know when you'll find something you can't
live without. You can buy all the stuff in there from either the kid
who mowed your lawn up until a month ago, or from that nice girl
your boy used to take to the movies.
But when the real tough parts
of a project come along -- you know, things that involve plumbing or
wiring -- there's only one place to go ... the surviving
old-fashioned hardware store. MundoSlab coming in sure cut down on
the number of old-fashioned hardware stores, but there's always one
in every town that survives, and for a good reason.
They have gray-haired guys standing just inside the door to help
you find just what you need, even if you don't know what it's called
and have no clue how to install it, or don't even know if anyone's
invented something to fix this particular problem.
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I walked into the hardware store the other day, and a guy with
plenty of gray came over and asked if he could help.
"Well," I said. "I have a float thingie on the horse trough that
broke. It's that little doo-trammy that's kinda copper-colored and
fits on top of the whiz-gidget."
Without breaking stride, he looked at me and said, "Right-hand
threads, or will you need an adapter?"
Let's see MundoSlab top that.
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