Care packages – sort of “forward to the past…”

Landlady came up yesterday, intending to go back tomorrow after we finished the tiling on the shower at Ian’s Cave. And she brought a couple of unexpected care packages.

These were both in response to specific recent complaints on my part.

A month ago I burned holes in a pair of my new winter jeans with battery acid and had to wait a day or two to patch them, for enough sun to run my iron.

Reader Carl sent a low-tech solution to that problem, should I choose to apply it.

And just a few days before that some cold nights reminded me that the Jeep’s battery needed some help getting fully charged…

…and help came in the mail! How about that? It might require a bit of modification, same as my tire inflator did, because I don’t think the Jeep’s cigarette lighter works. But I have the parts to do that.

Thanks, guys!

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9 Responses to Care packages – sort of “forward to the past…”

  1. Bearc says:

    You’re welcome.

  2. Beans says:

    Clean the face of the iron really well. Maybe not Veradona Restoration clean, but clean.

    It will help a ton having a nice smooth surface.

  3. Sendarius says:

    With a lot of newer cars, the cigarette lighter doesn’t work unless the ignition key is in either “Accessories” or “On”.

    I’m not sure if the Jeep is in that category, but it would behoove you to check, first, and bypass as necessary. 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    I like the old school iron.

    You may not think it, but the iron is a multi-tool. After it’s cleaned up, not only will it be great for ironing, it’s also a cool bacon press. And, you can use it for making smash-burgers in the frypan. Just get a roll of parchment paper and place a sheet between the iron and the food to stop sticking.

    Joel, you have some of the coolest, thoughtful readers out there. Very nice.

  5. Ben says:

    Inverted in your vise, your steel iron will also make a great mini-anvil.

  6. Bear says:

    Those irons also make good book ends.

  7. TS says:

    I need a couple of those irons. Is that a used one? I’m thinking it is but I’d thought I’d ask if anyone knows if any place sells them new. Thanks.

  8. jabrwok says:

    I doubt anyone makes them anymore. Your best bet for a new one would be something like Tractor Supply or some place that specializes in cast iron stuff. There are plenty of antiques listed on eBay and etsy though, and you can probably find them at antique dealers or flea markets.

  9. Joel says:

    Yeah, looks as though the internet thinks a flatiron is an electric gadget for doing something to hair. The only one I saw in a search was this, a rusty antique on etsy for an comically absurd price. Carl should have sold this one rather than send it to me; he could have afforded to buy 50 rounds of brass-cased 9mm at current prices.

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