Oh, if we need a two-by-four 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 doodads 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.
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.
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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 even if anyone's invented
something to fix this particular problem.
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?"
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