Duct tape uses by Shinazy
Granddaddy was a practical and handy guy. He believed there’s a simple solution to every problem and he applied his philosophy to repairing everything. Even his gifts represented his viewpoint. When I graduated from high school he gave me a toolbox that contained his favorite tools: hammer, flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, and a roll of duct tape. He told me the tape would become indispensible. At age seventeen, I thanked him with a smile and when I turned my back, the first of many frowns appeared on my then uncreased, pre-botox forehead.
As the years passed, I carried duct tape everywhere – there is a roll in my car, a roll in my office desk, and another roll in my first aid kit. It is at the top of my “Things To Pack” when I traveled. I was thrilled when 3M released duct tape in colors so some of my repairs could appear ‘fashionable’. Duct tape is always within reach; I can mend the many worn and broken parts of my life. Yes, duct tape will only patch my worn and broken stuff; the things that make me mad / sad are beyond duct tape’s effective adhesive ability.
And it‘s these mad-sad experiences, these unrepairable events that cause me to clinch my teeth, or droop the corners of my mouth – with the accompanying squeezing of my eyebrows. When one is a Boomer, one has had decades of eyebrow squeezing resulting in an ever-deepening cavern, otherwise known as a Frown Line.
Granddaddy would not approve of the current remedy for frown lines – Botox – a neurotoxin botulism bacterium protein. And, I would never tell him that I went for Botox injections only to discover I’m Botox resistant, not just BXT-A, but also BXT-B. Oh, joy! I had no way to iron my frown lines.
When faced with a challenge I’m intrepid. So, I tried Frownies that “Reverse the signs of aging – naturally!” skin smoother. I was unable to get the little triangle to stay put, especially the pointy corners. But they were sticky. Ah, ha, sticky, what else is sticky? Tape! So, I tried Scotch Tape. But it stuck to my pillowcase and hair better than my frown line.
There is one final countermeasure – Duct Tape. I have yet to try it, but I know Granddaddy would smile at the thought of me applying his repair principal and he was right, Duct Tape is indispensable.
photo courtesy Jim J