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…"
"Got tired of lackluster cuts at the MegaKutterz, and even the traditional barbers. They so infrequently get to do precision work, any more, that I ended up having to fix the cuts at home.
So, I actually trained a friend as a personal…"
"I'm glad you took it the way it was intended. Going back and rereading what I wrote, the potential for misinterpretation exists.
The fact that you know the term gig line already places you head and shoulders above anyone else in…"
"It's also helpful to distinguish the classical "left / right" from the French Revolution from the way the terms were used in the modern sense.In the French revolution the "far left" were anarchists, and the "far…"
In my modest little town of 12,000, which has 22,000+ when college is in session, we have two barbers. One is mostly retired and the other can hardly stand up half a day.The State of Illinois saw to it to regulate barbers and hairdressers. Excuse me... cosmetologists. A man, or woman, wanting to be just a barber cannot. They have to go to cosmetology school. That is an expensive school. But the cosmetology lobbyists saw to it to regulate hair cuts and barbers need licensure and weeks of formal…See More
"Exactly, A wolf among sheep. I was used to an environment of uniforms. We all wore the same clothes every day. Camouflage utilities most days and Class A, B, C, or dress blues depending on occasion. I have to tone down my speech, sometimes I…"
Hey all - The sink in my bathroom clogs from time to time. Usually it's no big deal and I just have to pop off the trap and pull out a hairball or what have you from one of the sections.This time I've popped off all the plumbing underneath to dig in with an auger, but it's not doing anything. A look with the flashlight showed a caked-on, black, gunky mess two or three feet into the drain pipe; the auger won't budge it. In fact, I think I may have closed the clog up even more snaking it in…See More