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Americans Love Engineering & Innovation: The Heroic Act of Innovation

Posted by Josh Pies on Jul 16, 2020 12:33:45 PM

Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash" width="300" style="width: 300px; float: left; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">Heroic Aptitude.

I’m a handy guy.  I can build a table from scrap wood, maintain my car, and drywall a room pretty darn well. Even so, I fail as an innovator of physical products and designs.  Case in point, about 10 years ago my friend Sam was over for a family party and used our 2nd-floor bathroom.  Later he mentioned to me that he’d be back the next day because he could fix my shower curtain rod.  He was right - the weird rod around the shower in my 1929 Tudor was sagging because it was a right-angle bend that was unsupported.  The weight of a simple towel could bend it badly and though I’d tried a few ideas, I’d not solved the problem in the five years we’d lived there.  Sam shows up with a short steel cable, a turnbuckle and an eyebolt.   Fixed in 5-minutes FLAT. He connected the bend point to the ceiling 

with expert skill as if this was his job.  In fact, it was to a degree:  Sam is a CNC Machinist.

My wife called him MacGyver and offered him a slice of pie.

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