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.