Sep 4, 2012

Steampunk and a Wallet in the Throne

We did Old Threshers this weekend, an antique tractor and steam fest I've hit yearly since birth.

Dad infected me with the steam bug as a boy, dragging me with him to shows to learn about old iron.  He grew up farming on Allis-Chalmers tractors, so spent most of his time at Threshers talking to Allis owners.  However, I was drawn to steam power, hooked on stack music as 100-year-old engines barked and belched fire under load.  Steam engines seemed to come alive, hissing and rocking and blowing coal as they worked.













I decided it's better to play the game than spectate, so I signed up for steam school to learn the ropes.




I started bringing Pigtails with me to Old Threshers.  She was soon bitten by the bug.




I owned that small quarter-scale Case up there for a little while, but sold her in preparation for the Big D.  Hope to own one again.  Some people want boats or motorcycles for toys, I want me a 1920s Advance-Rumely steamer.

So, bringing us back around to this year's Threshers...I walked into a bathroom and noticed a wallet floating in the throne*.  Three options came to mind:

a) Leave it be and let it mellow
b) Fish the wallet out by hand
c) Go find a stick and play The Claw to fetch the prize from the think n' stink

You can probably guess how this one ends up, but I'd like to hear what you would do in this situation.  Let me know in the comments, and I'll share the finish.

*The wallet was not mine, the color of the water was clear not brown, and it was a flushable thunder box rather than a Porta-John.

-Beard

21 comments:

  1. Gross!!! I would have found a stick and fished it out though.

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  2. The photo of you and pigtails in the green hats is BY FAR the cutest picture on this blog! On another note, I'd probably fish it out by hand, check for id in it, then wrap it in paper towel and wash my hands about 4 times in a row.

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    1. Wash the hands, then go eat finger food like fried chicken.

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  3. Wallet + hot water + soap = ?

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    1. What if the soap dispenser was empty?

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  4. Anonymous9/05/2012

    Use your footwear to get wallet since it's been exposed to who knows what already. (Of course you've already put down a paper towel/toilet paper/ANYTHING to keep your bare foot from being contaminated on the floor. You could even put said foot on top of your other foot.) Then proceed to sanitizing your hands somehow even the steam from the engine!!
    Denise

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    1. That one could be difficult to explain to the person in the next stall. They'd see a shoeless foot and hear splashing sounds trying to hook a Velcro wallet with my Asics, wondering what in the heck is going on.

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    2. Anonymous9/05/2012

      You don't strike me as someone who feels it necessary to explain anything. Let him wonder!
      Denise

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    3. You are correct, "Hey buddy, yeah I'm noodling in the stink pit with nothing but a shoe and a prayer, any questions."

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  5. Jeremy9/05/2012

    Go for the sticks. Nothing beats a great tool to do the dirty work for you.

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    1. Another scenario difficult to explain to a stranger washing their mitts at the sink. Emerging from the stall grasping two sticks dripping with stench, tonging a wet wallet.

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  6. I'm confident you didn't leave it there, and hoping you used something other than your hands to fetch it out. I, too, love the picture in the Pioneer hats. We've got a good bit of Pioneer merchandise around our house, thanks to my grandparents' farm in Grundy Center, IA.

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    1. Correct answer is b), I fished it out by hand.

      Just as a quick rip on a band-aid is best, I flushed to lower the water level, then nabbed it when a corner of the wallet bobbed above the waterline. The nylon, camouflage colored Velcro tri-fold should've been a clue it wouldn't be holding much cash. Opened it up, no ID and only $.35 in the coin pocket, I left it on the back of the toilet.

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    2. Anonymous9/07/2012

      Nice to see how your honesty was repaid. Still gross to think of putting one's hand anywhere near the inside of a public toilet - GROSS, GROSS, GROSS!!
      Denise

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    3. What in the world, 35 cents isn't a fair payout for hand-dippin' in the community stool. I ate dinner with my left hand that night.

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    4. Anonymous9/07/2012

      LOL we agree the 35 cents wasn't worth it. Guess I was hoping for a grand payout, your honesty being rewarded with a grand gesture, etc. Still a good lesson for Pigtails.
      Denise

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  7. Rachael9/10/2012

    If the water is clear, I fish the wallet out by hand. And then I wash my hands 700 times.

    Am I mistaken or has Pigtails gotten even prettier? Her eyelashes are to die for!

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  8. I forget that toilets in the US are like a bowl full of water...In Australia we have completely different toilets that hold a minimal amount of water, hench fishing things out is slightly less......wet!

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    1. So what you're saying is you are thoroughly disgusted by the filthy deep-water rescue.

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    2. I wouldn't say thoroughly disgusted...I think I'd just hesitate a few more seconds before taking the plunge. Haha.

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