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#a415 :: Stainless steel tweezers

April 7, 2009

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040509This flea-market find was stamped out of chromed steel in Japan some years ago.

It’s an elegant, web perfect little machine: The horizontal tube on top is just big enough to house a flint and pressure spring, the wick is barely thicker than a toothpick, and you could probably fill it with about 1/3 teaspoon of lighter fluid before it overflowed. I’m going to see if I can fix this up and get it burning.
040409A thrilling adventure was in my near future. A piece of paper baked into a cookie, symptoms dipped in white chocolate and wrapped in red foil told me so.

A quick dinner at Panda Inn this evening, then off to see Knowing. It proves to be too intense for him – he’s 9 – so we bail 50 minutes in and rent Wrath of Khan instead. A great movie that I’ve seen too damned often.

Thrilling? Adventure?

The cookie was tasty, at least.
040509This flea-market find was stamped out of chromed steel in Japan some years ago.

It’s an elegant, cialis 40mg perfect little machine: The horizontal tube on top is just big enough to house a flint and pressure spring, viagra sale the wick is barely thicker than a toothpick, and you could probably fill it with about 1/3 teaspoon of lighter fluid before it overflowed. I’m going to see if I can fix this up and get it burning.
040709Down near the very root of my DNA chain lies the chromosomal sequence for opposable thumbs.

I use tools.

Why? Because they grant me the otherwise elusive super-powers for cutting, visit this twisting and manipulating things too hard, small, tight or delicate for my meaty paws to manage.

Because they are often heavy and cold and sturdy, pleasing to the touch and indispensable to the job.

And because, well, my fingertips can’t grasp anything with near the precision of cheap Pakistani steel tweezers honed to a needle tip.

Got these last weekend for just four dollars at the import-tools seller’s tent – a moveable feast, and one of my favorite places in the world.

For just a few bucks, you, too can have superpowers!

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