Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Surprisingly Handy Paint Brush Comb

With apologies to loyal Hooptyreaders, I apologize for my extremely sporadic posting on my entertaining internet presence. I am currently in the midst of a supermega giant and secret project that will dwarf all prior tinkerings.

As a part of this effort, I have to paint a cabinet over the last couple days and I was reminded of the supreme usefulness of the Purdy Brush Cleaning Comb. The drudgery of cleaning paint brushes is due to the hardened paint that has wicked it's way in to the base of the bristles. This is why used and improperly cleaned brushes are unreasonably stiff and leave nasty streaks. But, with a little hand soap and the uncommonly handy comb, you can really clean a paint brush in just a couple minutes.

Pocket Protector

Thanks to the kind generosity of a Hooptyreader (Thanks Auna!), I have upgraded my clear plastic Staples pocket protector with this extremely high cred Cal Tech model. I am very satisfied. From left to right: the one true pencil - the Blackhawk 602, the Tek Torch V16 LED penlight, a Build for a Metric Future with SNAP-ON TOOLS pocket scale, a Marv's Chevy Only promotional screwdriver and the one true pen - the Uniball Micro Deluxe.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


What's so great about garage sales? Broadly, everything. Specifically, unlimited potential. You just never know what you are going to find. I assure you, I did not leave my house at 7 AM with the intention of buying a matadoress lamp. Garage saling is the great suburban adventure. Who can resist? I am powerless.

Friday, November 11, 2005

No Average Day Garage Saling

Though it is small, I couldn't be more enamored with this stubby screwdriver. It is the Empire State Building to my eyes. The fact that this Snap-On screwdriver cost a mere $1 only makes it more endearing.
Today - Friday - is not even garage saling day. I was running late, but decided to swing by real quick like. I am the luckiest fella in town. Check out this nice big box of thumbscrew hose clamps ($5). Not only are they golden era of hot rodding period correct, but they darn practical when it comes to roadside repairs.

A nice Glare-Proof rear view mirror ($1) made by everyone's favorite accessory company, Guide. Don't believe me? Go search for 'guide headlights' on eBay. Holy mackeral! My heros are machinists and engineers, hot rodders and engine builders, rocket scientists and astronauts, scientists and mathematicians, architects and barnstormers. After a quick run through the washing machine, I have been wearing this wonderful machinist's smock ($4) all day. I immediately stocked the pocket with the one true pen (Uniball Micro Black), the one true pencil (the Blackwing 602), a pocket scale and a tire pressure gauge. Tomorrow I will buy one of those mega-powerful LED penlights. I hope I can find an un-ironic pocket protector as I plan to wear this fine garment for the rest of my life and would hate to live another 50 years with a pocket ink spot.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Hobo Convention

Though the we are the cheapest and easiest of hustlers, Hooptyrides prides ourselves in not being a link farm by just reiterating the compelling content found on other fine blogs. So much for pride. Boingboing has a superb photo archive link that is an immediate 1 hour time suck. At first, you think, I will just check out the high points of extreme personal interest, like Automobile Racing and Chinatown. But then how can you resist Anarchists-- 1910-1920? And what sort of no fun, wet blanket would not click Coney Island - Auto Polo? Or the Bridge of Laughs? What sort of boring sod could resist Chicken Sellers, Mexico City or Forensic Photos 1890-1900? Like I could not click Funeral of Harold Rosenthal, a gambler? Motorcycles, Tugboats, Nanking and Nagoya? Octopuses 1890-1920? Sick Persons -- Illinois -- Ottawa 1900-1920?

What am I? Carved of wood? An unfeeling, unthinking cog in the works? Who could is not curious enough to click Rat Catcher? There goes another evening of progress.