old and dedicated to yard work sneakers might be on their final
may not be completely true. Iím bringing them in to the repair
shop. A bit of the all-purpose-extra-strength glue and the one
with the flappy outer sole should be back at it in a day or two.
Might even be able to repair one or two spots on the other one.
those that arenít sure what Iím talking about, I retire my older
sneakersÖ by putting them to work. Anyone that has gone outside
with good intentions, clean sneakers and a lawn trimmer understands
why old and dirty sneakers are the more preferable gear out on
the lawn, when gardening, and for other assorted digging in the
dirt endeavors. You tend to be a little less upset when the older
footwear comes back inside completely green.
for me is that the sneakers tend to reach a certain point before
I toss them on the workbench in the garage. A hole around the
toe would be one likely issue. A flappy sole another nuisance.
All of which means Iím often bringing the sneakers to Terryís
crafting workshop, where the best adhesives are to be found, and
a little bit of maintenance effort is put in. Bit of glue hereÖ
bit of glue thereÖ tape to hold things tight for a day or so while
the glue driesÖ and that should about do it.
a classic joke about something old, usually applied to things
like junk cars, that is built around the idea of not washing it
because itís actually the dirt holding everything together. This
morning, I made the repairs and it would be safe to say this isnít
the first time that this pair has been exposed to a bit of glue.
(Or the second time. Or third. Truth is probably clear of a half-dozen
repairs, but Iím not officially keeping count.) And as I took
the top off the tube and prepared to fix the latest issues, it
occurred to me that the idea of what is holding them together
might be worth considering for these sneakers. Would I be using
them again? Yes. Would they actually be fine for what I have planned
for them? Yes. If you cleaned them up, and took away the glue
Iíve used on them, would there be much left? Debatable.
not quite ready to concede they are being prepped for the last
round of work before the trash pile. AlsoÖ wouldnít be accurate
to say thereís nothing left but the glue Iíve added. But the truth
found in the joke is true enough to make me wonder about the things
I salvage and fuss over and canít throw away or replace. Sometimes
itís just being stingy and frugal. Sometimes itís a bit more.
have an old jigsaw stored with my tools. I highly doubt if I will
ever plug it in again. It is quite literally more than five decades
old. Itís clunky and metal and awkward and not quite right. If
you set up a blade and plugged it in, it will act like a saw and
cut things. Really doesnít cut them in a straight line. Might
not create anything even close to a smooth edge. But there is
no argument that it runs. It does.
jigsaw was also something my father handed me many years ago.
One of the first tools I added to my collection after moving out
on my own. I have memories of it in my hands as a kid, on those
days when I was trusted to make a cut or two while working on
something around the house.
stuff like that all over the house. Not necessarily with the meanings
offered by nostalgia and emotion such as what the jigsaw has going
for it, but things that are well worn and repaired for service
beyond any original expectations.
with plenty of stitchesÖ youíd rarely put one on if you were headed
out to do anything special, but itís the very first thing you
look at on a chilly day when youíll be staying in. Iíve got them.
Youíve got them. And our closets are packed with them.
like those sneakers are going to make it through the summer. Repairs
werenít as bad as I feared. Iíll be moving on to winter boots
and heavier shoes for the winter, so itís likely these old sneakers
will be set aside soon and then actually make it to return of
the next season of outdoor activities.
itís time for me to go check that tire on the wheelbarrow. Wood
is cracked near the mounting pieces, and actually rotting away
a bit. But I think with a small piece of scrap wood, a screw or
two, maybe some glueÖ good as new.