We will put that shelf up in August

@ruby222 (4848)
July 26, 2008 5:29pm CST
Tell me what is it about Bank holidays? every bank holiday the do it youself shops are jam packed,and I only know that because the car parks are solid!!!So why is it that a bank holiday means that you should get the hammer and nails out and start building a something or other?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
26 Jul 08
In the good old days before you were even a twinkle in your Dad's eye Ruby there was something called a "little man". Everybody knew one and they were all over the country. However, the "Little Man" began to become aware of his worth and, as more and more women joined their husbands in the workplace, the "little man's" charges escalated to the point where the "Man of the House" said "I could do this myself"! Emboldened by his first job, painting the gate, he soon turned his hand to other jobs. The "little Man" sat and waited. The "Man of the House" was soon undertaking a wide range of household work from painting and decorating through to building extensions. On the new fangled goggle box Barry Bucknell instructed would be DIYers about the best way to repair or construct what needed to be done. Unfortunately, not too many people had the box so many of these jobs were not done as well as the "Little Man" had done them. Often he would be called in to put right what the "Man of the House" had done wrong. At greater cost of course. Now, the "Little Man" had all week to put right all the little jobs that the "Man of the House" was messing up. The latter on the other hand, only had the weekends and holidays. During the winter he was often disinclined to do these jobs and it wasn't until about August that the constant nagging of his dearly beloved of "Are you going to do that or do I have to get someone in" managed to finally cause a response. So off he goes, armed with his list, measurements and credit/debit card, to the DIY store on Bank Holiday Monday. He returns home laden and for the remaining twelve months all he hears is "Are you going to do that job or is that money just wasted!". He does the job quickly and non too expertly and the following week his wife/partner/SO call her (or him) what you may, calls in a "Little Man" recommended by Mavis across the road to come and do it properly. He's now called a "Property Maintenance Expert" and charges accordingly.
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@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
27 Jul 08
Loved reading this P1key..never knew this maybe its something different there since we have alot of show offs who think they know it all here..LOL..and don't know anyone who works on a holiday..just another excuse to have a BBQ..lol
@p1kef1sh (45640)
27 Jul 08
Rosie, Public holidays here, save perhaps Christmas Day are work days for many and shopping/DIY days for many others.
@ruby222 (4848)
27 Jul 08
Barry Bucknall ,by the good night,thats like saying Johnny Morris!!!a very good and true post Piky..and yes over the years there have been countless outstanding jobs to be done!!but lol now is the hour,and Mr Ruby grasps the nettle,and he gets his kit out..no not that!and he sets to with verve..his skills have improved greatly ,and though he will neve r be a Barry Buchnall..thats the scottish version of him..he does his level best to do all the household jobs that need diong..but he isnt too good with the plunger,he is convinced that a plunger is a useless article,but im in love with my plunger,it must be the rubbery smell...mmm..but there has been times of despair when he has been at work and there has been notime for anything at home,and then I have had a go!!and that is the operative phrase!!there was no way that we could afford to pay any maintainence man to do jobs,so it was down to me..One day the childrens bedrrom door hinge came away at the top,doubtless they had been swinging on it!!and there was me trying to fix it,well the read knife sufficed as a chisel,and I chiselled a new place out for the hinge ,and then reset the door!!!the house was old and crooked,so the crooked door wouldnt have mattered a jot!!but its amazing what you can do with a little bit of invention,
27 Jul 08
Bank holidays are a good excuse for the do it youself shops to be packed to the rafters.The punters are out and about in their droves,and trolley full after trolley full of wood and nails and tools pass through the car park,and head off home to be turned into a something or other.But I often wonder how much of that stuff that has been purchased turns out as the thing it was meant to be,the item that the goods were purchased to make.It seem sto me the the bank holiday brings out all the good intentions and everyone feels that they maybe ought to do something special with it.The other thiong that always suprises me is if you visit a garden centre,they are mobbed too,and the centres must love bank holidays,the seeds and the plants are flying out at at rate of knots.All the trolleys are stuffed with petunias,primulas,pansies and all the clourful bedding plants that are to be had.We dont venture onto the roads much if there is a public holiday the roads are busy and everyone tends to get a bit of road rage inside of them,the roads are definately a no go for us,and we much prefer to potter about at home and see what we can find to do.
@ruby222 (4848)
27 Jul 08
Im a garden centre fan..just for a potter and a cuppa,but they are expensive and at Bankholdays they are filled to the gunnells with pansy hunters!!the sun has that effect to,,the sun makes everyone think about beautifying their garden!the bedding is over now,and we will have to wait until the autumn bedding plants are on the go,but saying that I have planted some seed in the green house so im hoping for a cheaper do this autumn.There is nothing better than looking out and seeing tubs filled with colour,,its brilliant!
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I never noticed that ruby. I think it's a nice idea. Why not build something on a bank holiday. When I'm working I'm just so thankful for the day off! Yes, it does seem that they are used for stores to have sales and then the stores are so crowded I know that I don't even want to go. Wonder how that all got started?
@ruby222 (4848)
27 Jul 08
The thoguht of fighting my way through the throngs of bargain hunters isnt my idea of enjoyment,the internet comes in very handy there!!I know some people make a day of it ,going along to the sales and bargain hunting!but lol for a huge amount of them their credit/debit cards must be at the point of igniting..and for what??another dress?or a pair of shoes when you have at least ten pairs!!my daughters favourite thing is dragging her hubby to Meadowhall..and he gets clobbered everytime,if she can twist his arm enough they will go to Leeds and look in Vivienne Westwoods shop..and the rubbish that comes out of there has to be seen to be believed!!!designer???well id rather have Peacocks!!!