Another project . . .
When my friend Lyda was visiting, I discovered that I had misplaced my cribbage board!! This was kind of a big deal because it was really a very nifty game box that had belonged to my Dad. It contained a deck of cards, some dice, some poker chips and the cover had the cribbage board.. It had 3 of the original pegs with the 4th peg being a replacement peg that my Dad had whittled from an old wood matchstick. I’ve torn the trailer apart and asked everyone I know – so far, it’s still misplaced. I’m hoping that I left it in my storage facility (although why I would have stored it and brought the Yahtzee game, I can’t imagine!).
Anyway, that means I have no cribbage board! So, I started looking around to make something. My first thought was to drill holes into a piece of dead cactus – Lyda and I had made driftwood cribbage boards to sell when we were low on cash in Homer Alaska over 40 years ago. But, alas, after days of desert walking, I couldn’t find any suitable chunks of wood.
I was wandering through one of the Quartzite swap meets when I came across a vintage wooden cigar box. Now, that brings back memories! My Dad used to smoke cigars and used the boxes for any number of storage needs. So, I bought and brought it home thinking this would be a quick process to use my mini-dremel to punch out the holes for the cribbage scoring in the lid.
Ha, ha, ha, ha!!!! Like any project could be that easy!!! Turns out I had no drill bits in the dremel kit. Went to the Q. hardware store; they didn’t have any dremel drill bits. Went to a hardware store in Parker, AZ. Got a couple small drill bits that I thought would fit – they didn’t. Then, I remembered that the hardware store in Q. had several sizes of collettes – little gizmos that allow you to use different sized attachments in the dremel. So, back I go to Q. – get one, (of course, it fits the dremel but not the bits), go back and exchange the collette for a different one and try again!
Are you keeping count? So far, for the hardware store runs alone, the count is 4 (usually for any home project, I average 3 trips). Finally, I drilled all the holes; whittled some pegs from my fancy tea-tree oil wood toothpicks; got some cards and poker chips from the Dollar Store and now I have a bigger – but very serviceable game box. And, it fits the Yahtzee game too!
Another weird Southwest thing . . .
I have been noticing that on the entry doors to a number of businesses in Quartzite, that there are covers on the door handles. Some are neoprene; others seem to be knitted or crocheted. It finally dawned on me that in the summer, the door handles are probably literally too hot to handle without getting burned. What a good idea!!