Tag Archives: duct tape

SOLDERING ON

SOLDERING ON!

Great news from the home front.

A logjam’s opened wide…

‘Though duct tape won’t keep in place

Wires thus applied.

Surfaces were dirty

And oily from the dust…

His new iron was slow at first

But hot enough–just!

In saving money he scrimped

In quality again…

More power would’ve been easier

To a clear message send.

He cleaned the rail as best he could

Without  recommended stuff…

GOO GONE did as advertised,

‘Though used off the cuff.

Everything sticking,

He pulled one soldered joint free…

Remember to pre-strip your wires:

Satisfaction guaranteed!

–Jonathan Caswell

IS THERE A CAR BACK THERE?

IS THERE A CAR BACK THERE?

(“The Yellow Rose of Texas”)

 

Our apartment management company

Has bowed to resident fears,

Assigning parking decals…

The first we’ve had in years;

The darn things do not stick at all

With not any glue,

I used what was available…

And thought duct tape would do!

I have this sneaking feeling

There is a car behind,

That’s in the driveway circle

When I pull out in kind;

But when I focus better

In the back window I see,

That duct taped decal has

Confused me!

I’d replace with clear packing tape,

That was my first intent

But I could not find it at the time

As the deadline came and went;

I’m afraid to pull off the tape

And damage my defrost,

Could always repaint those little lines

I suppose, at a cost!

That car I’d think behind me

Has rarely appeared,

But I still am cautious

To avoid being smeared;

Some day the duct tape might fall off

And then the mirage will fade…

Until that day my peripheral vision

Will need some aid!

 

–Jonathan Caswell