Yesterday was a productive day. It had to be. Because, before I could do the fun stuff, I had to get my chores done.
It was Sunday so, as usual, I slept in till 6:00 instead of getting up at 5:00. I got my writing quota done over coffee (a few hundred words on a booklet I’m going to be selling on PTDICE.COM that’ll be called “52 Fit-up: How-to Get Fit with an Ordinary Deck of Cards”).
Then I took the plunger upstairs and unplugged the sink in the main bathroom. Didn’t know about the clog until my wife told me last night right before bed. I always use the master bath.
Next I installed a fancy new sink sprayer in the kitchen.
Felt hungry, so I had breakfast and more coffee while watching some news on the boob-tube. I resolved a year ago not to watch TV news because it kills my creativity and its a waste of time, but sometimes I slip.
Went out, edged the yard and cut the grass. Threw the rechargeable weed-eater in the truck, zipped down to the park, and trimmed up the area where my martial arts club meets. They cut the grass out there once a month, but they never edge.
Chores done, I came home, drank water, and ate a bag of roasted peanuts. Now for the arts and crafts – making a guitar slide from the neck of a wine bottle! The actual bottle I cut was clear glass. For better visibility I used a blue bottle in the pictures below.
First I built a quik’n’dirty jig to hold the bottle and the glass cutter. Notice how I made the arm long enough to be able to put a big rubber band on the end. I figured that would approximate firm hand pressure.
The jig worked like a charm. The bottle projected out the back just enough for me to be able to turn it with my right hand while holding it down with my left. Turned it until it was scored to the depth of the cutter and all scritching sounds ceased.
Once it was scored, I heated the neck over a candle flame for thirty seconds and plunged it into a cup of ice water just like this guy did. As predicted, it cracked right along the scored area. One light tap and the neck fell right off. Emory paper took care of the nasty edges (a palm sander made this easier).
If you try this at home, wear eye protection.
All chores and crafts done by 2:00 pm. Only one thing left to do — a nap in the recliner before dinner, of course.