On Facebook the other day, someone posed the question:
If Necessity is the mother of invention, then who’s the father?
My initial glib response was “sexual frustration”. But when I Really think about it, the father is “ghettoness”.
How many times have you had a problem and you solved it by cobbling something together all ghetto-style?
Like, remember when I posted about using an enema bulb and a penis straw to siphon wiper fluid out of the wrong holding chamber in my MINI engine compartment?
Well, this weekend I got my balcony all spruced up with a variety of plants from the farmer’s market next door.
I have a large pot with tomato plants, a pot on my cafe table with a colorful assortment of flowers, one urn containing snapdragons (my fave!) and the other urn containing herbs.
As you can see, the herb one sits in the back side of my glass balcony door. And it gets windy up there, which can catch the door– and toss it right into the sharp corner of the urn.
I envisioned a gust of wind, a spiderwebbed door and hundreds of dollars in replacement costs.
So I needed some sort of doorstop.
It had to be strong enough to stop the swinging door without sliding on the metal grate balcony. But also I was hoping for something less obtrusive than a large brick. Perhaps something padded…
An idea began forming. How about something that stuck into the metal grate? Hrm, if only I had a…
Bingo! While out at this local coffee shop with Derrick, I looked down and found a U-shaped piece of wire. Like a skinny croquet hoop. It was near some construction and probably meant to secure a tarp into the ground.
I picked it up an tossed it into my car while explaining my plan to Derrick. He looked at me like I was on crack.
Well, a strip of t-shirt material wrapped around it for padding, and some Hello Kitty duct tape later…
A cheap, custom, ghet-tacular doorstop for my balcony. It also works like a champ, thank you very much. All while adding a touch of whimsy, don’t you think?
Here’s a better photo so you can kind of see the construction intricacies and how it works:
So, ingenuity or crap? Discuss.