I was born to a book-smart Mother and a hands-on Father. My Mother wasn’t hands-on and my Father wasn’t book-smart. I still got the best of both of them 😉
My Father** was so good at improvising, that his nick-name was ‘Jerry’, as in Jerry-rigging. The Urban Dictionary defines it as:
To fix an object (usually mechanical) to a working condition in a haphazard way. Also known as doing a MacGyver on it. This can apply to any non working thing, to fix it in a non-conventional way. This term was created during WW2, in reference to the Germans who were referred to as “Jerries” as slang. Allies often came across hastily repaired objects left by the Germans hence the term Jerry-Rig came to be.
For instance: My boss usually goes through a printer a year. He’s just that hard on them. The most recent one’s demise occurred right after I bought a bunch of ink for it. I was about to throw them in the recycling box, when I realized they looked a LOT like the cartridges for my printer at home. I brought them home, switched out the micro-chip from my old ones and BAM!! Five new sets of ink for Ilex! That is about $350.00!!!
Now, the biggest thing that really pisses me off, is that there is a cost difference from my boss’s to mine of $5 per cartridge! There is no difference, aside from the micro-chip. That is pretty dang lame!!
** My Father is of German descent.
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