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Duct Tape: 1 of 2 things in life you should never be without: a strange story about how one little thing, like duct tape, could change your entire day
Posted by wordsmith, Feb 10, 2009. 1413 views. ID = 2324

Duct Tape: 1 of 2 things in life you should never be without

Posted by wordsmith, Feb 10, 2009. 1413 views. ID = 2324
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They say there are only two things in life that a person shoul never be without, a can of WD-40 and a roll of duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape. What I wouldn't give to have known that fifteen minutes ago...

Waiting for the bus, I watched as cars drove past in the rain. The tires made that distinctive swishing noise as they passed though puddles. Raindrops collected on the visor of my cap and dripped onto the front of my jacket. Shifting from foot to foot to keep warm I shivered in the wind.

“When,” I thought,” will the bus finally get here?”


There was a woman in a long blue coat holding up a large polka dot umbrella waiting for the bus a few feet away. She was frowning. I decided not to speak to her, and besides, her umbrella was leaking.

Slowly, the folding door creaked open in front of me and I boarded the greyhound bus. Only three other people were on the bus, not counting the lady with the leaky umbrella. I sat down in the first open spot I came to, and quickly moved to the next one when I found I could not identify the sticky substance on the seat. The lady with the leaky umbrella took my place and didn’t seem to notice the sticky substance.

The door creaked closed and I caught myself as the bus lurched forward into the near empty street. I couldn’t help but notice the bit of white fluff sticking out of a tear in the back of the seat in front of me. I tried to ignore the dilapidated condition of the bus for the rest of the ride and failed. It became increasingly uncomfortable to sit there and ignore the gum on the floor, the tears in the seats, the rust on the poles down the middle of the isle; even the plastic handle the driver used to open the door was just barely attached to its metal arm.

As the bus got closer to the center of town traffic began to pick up. It was still raining heavily and the cars outside the window were nothing more than swiftly moving grey blurs. The lady with the leaky umbrella seemed to have fallen asleep, her eyes were closed and her mouth hung open.

Hearing a clunky tapping sound like something falling, I looked forward and watched the handle of the door opener rolling slowly towards me on the floor of the bus and the driver’s meaty hand reaching blindly after it.

“They say there are only two things in life a person should never be without, a can of WD-40 and a roll of duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.”


“Thank you officer,” I said to the elderly grey haired man in the blue uniform as he helped me limp towards the ambulance, “what I wouldn’t give to have known that fifteen minutes ago."


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Comments


Douglas
Feb 11, 2009
Nice. I'd never heard this before: "If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape."

Welcome to the site!
   ~Posted by Douglas, Feb 11, 2009

wordsmith
Feb 11, 2009
Thanks for the feed back, I'm glad I found this site.
   ~Posted by wordsmith, Feb 11, 2009



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