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#161 :: Epoxy

July 20, 2004

sick find ‘popup’, cure ‘width=500,height=500,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0’); return false”>The thinking man’s duct tape comes in many forms: 5-minute, clear, white, earthquake, metal, fast-curing, coating, dental and beyond. The warm reek of resin polymerizing with hardener fills my olfactory memories of childhood. My father fixed everything with epoxy – toys, china, glass, books, metal, furniture – and a few things that just wouldn’t respond to epoxy. My mother’s hip was replaced with the stuff, which holds the new titanium ball joint into her femur, allowing her to stomp around New York and the cities of the world like a woman half her age. Epoxy is packaged defiance – proof against entropy and the disintegration of all things.

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  1. RedWriter July 23, 2004 @ 4:15 am

    Actually, it was the glue that failed me. Long story, bad glue and almost-lawsuit, two procedures for the price of one, this joint’s unglued which takes longer on crutches but, believe me, it’s a lot more functional.