My mom has a Chickering that's been handed down from her grandparents. I've heard that is a good brand: is that so? Someday we'd like to get it restored: I think the insides are okay but the wood on the outside has…"
"I have a game of Stratego that for some reason has been around since I was a kid (30+ years). The box is more tape than box, but miraculously, it has all its pieces. Warms my heart to see my kids play it."
Of all the musical instruments out there, many can last for hundreds of years. But pianos are far more hefty and durable than most. A well-made, hand-crafted grand (or baby grand) piano with regular maintenance can go 70-80 years before…"
"A good beer stein.
A good clock. I have in my dining room a handmade clock that my great-grandparents brought over from Germany in 1908. It still runs, and will keep accurate time for a day or two until its ancient springs make it lose time. With a…"
"I'm something of a collector myself, chiefly weapons (firearms, swords, knives) and pipes (nothing better than rich Danish tobacco smoked in a quality briar with a glass of good Kentucky bourbon). Both weapons and pipes are decidedly…"
"I am an avid DIY'er and woodworker. I also perform most of the maintenace and repair on my vehicles. That said, I tend to spend a little extra on fine tools. If cared for, they will outlast my great-grandchildren. Pics of my workshop.
" A good saddle, with proper care and oiling, should make it long enough to be passed on to your kids in perfect order. Well cared for firearms can have an enormously long life as well. My grandmother gave me a trapdoor 45-70…"
"When I first started using a brush in my shaving routine (I was still using cartridge razors for a couple years before I got a DE safety razor), I bought a cheap, badger hair brush. It was the $4-or-so brush they had at WalMart (the only brush…"
"For met it's mostly metal stuff. Clothing wears out no matter what. Good maintenance just makes it last longer. Just a couple of things I've had since forever, or sort of inherited that are way older than I.
- Couple of cuff links…"
"I typically use Stampede. It is somewhat difficult to find at times and somewhat expensive but I have never had a complaint and it has this scent that makes even my knees weak. I used to wear Adidas but permanently made the change to…"
"I shave in the shower while drip drying.
After my shower is over I lather my head and face with hair conditioner, right now I and using a tea tree conditioner from Paul Mitchell. I shave using a Gillette Tracball razor that normally will last me…"
" JB - The point is that with self-service gas stations, who pumps gas, washes windows, checks the oil & tires, etc, etc, etc is no longer a gas station employee. It's the gas station customer.
An indirect societal cost of…"
"Recent book called "Shadow Labor" points out that self-service gas stations are part of the "bean-counters'" cost cutting menu. What has happened here is that the fuel distributors have managed to shift the cost…"