Did you enjoy the extra hour’s sleep this morning? Or did you show up for work an hour early before you realized that Standard Time returned today? Those lucky folks in Arizona and Hawai’i don’t have to be concerned about that sort of foolishness, though. They keep normal hours all year long. Wherever you are though, for most people it’s going to get dark outside before dinnertime.
I saw an interesting gadget in a catalogue that arrived in the mail last week. It is a knife designed to safely open these super-sealed packages that we see more of these days. The main feature of this particular knife is its claimed ability to easily and safely open the so-called clamshell plastic packaging that is so difficult to penetrate. I’d be willing to bet that there isn’t anybody who has stuck themselves or caused some sort of harm while trying to get into the darned things. One time, I even broke a pair of scissors on one of those maddening packages.
So at a glance, this looks pretty neat. I realize that sales claims and constucted photographs always make things like this show up better than they really are sometimes, but it’s worth a try. Maybe. You can read all the details and view the photos of the tool in action HERE. The price isn’t too bad at $9.95 (let’s just call it $10, ok?). But if you follow through the links you learn that this seller computes their shipping charges based on the selling price and not on the weight or actual cost of shipping. And this outfit charges $6.95 (let’s call that one $7!) for “shipping”, even though you could drop it into an envelope and mail it 1st-class for a dollar or two.
Sorry guys, but I’ll continue to use the small blade on my Swiss army knife to get into the armored packages. Most likely they will start showing up in the variety stores, probably on those “As Seen on TV” tables that they set out. When that happens I might go ahead and grab one. If any of you see these gadget in a chain store where the rest of us could go pick one up, send me an email and I’ll pass it along.
Right now I’m going to pass along these equipment check sheets so we can get this chore done before the big Sunday breakfast hits the table. I’ll take a look and get another pot of coffee started. See you back in the day room.
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