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November 25, 2010

The Self-Repair Manifesto (for the real Thanksgiving Spirit)

Filed under: Freedom, Relocalization — Russell Bangs @ 1:53 am

The Self-Repair Manifesto:

The True Spirit of Thanksgiving, our productive work toward our plentiful prosperity.

9 Comments

  1. I couldn’t get that to fit completely, but the words which are lopped off are:

    individuals

    ownership

    resources

    technicians

    homes

    Comment by Russ — November 25, 2010 @ 1:55 am

    • I love it! Happy Thanksgiving Russ, to you and yours.

      We’re having lasagna…and stuffing. Best, tawal

      Comment by tawal — November 25, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

      • Thanks, tawal, and same to you and yours. I never heard of lasagna on Thanksgiving, but it sounds good!

        And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone else!

        Comment by Russ — November 25, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

  2. Russ,

    I’ve been reading here for a few months, since seeing your comments at Yves’.

    This artwork reminded me of Chris Tiburon’s comment over on the Links post today, about the high number of people advertising their tools on Craigslist.

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2010/11/links-112410.html#comment-237298

    I come from an upper middle to lower upper class family, but married a guy with a GED who has practically every tool imaginable. (Although I had more bicycle repair tools when we met. I worked in a bike shop for a while.)

    My favorite repair story is about our old Volvo, which began cutting out, leaving us on the shoulder, waiting 5 or so minutes, before being able to restart it. After a few days hubby decided it had to be a crack in the solder on the mother board. So he pulled it out of the center console, examined it with a magnifying glass, found the crack, and fixed it. A new one would have cost $600 plus labor.

    We used my ‘inheritance’ to buy a farm for cash and now raise most of our own food, including a flock of chickens.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, your, and your readers.

    Comment by AR — November 25, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    • That sounds great, AR. (Although the comment about selling tools is awful.) Thanks for the holiday wishes. I hope your holiday was a good one.

      Comment by Russ — November 26, 2010 @ 6:35 am

  3. I am delighted to say we will be enjoying a pastured turkey from a farmer just 45 mins. from our suburban home! This is one of the frustratingly few times we will have practiced peaceful activism towards relocalization, but we’ll get there eventually. Baby steps, as they say .
    Great poster/picture. This is so important, the ability to do your own repairs. I hate the helpless feeling I have about all the minor repairs needing to be done here. They’re things that a generation or so everyone could do, but now thanks to our dependence on experts and the contemptuous attitude towards real work, scarcely anyone can fix these problems. Gee whiz, it’s tough just to figure out how to jump a car battery for some of us πŸ™‚

    Comment by DualPersonality — November 12, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    • I was embarrassed to have forgotten exactly how to do the jump, but this time I memorized it, so I’ll know what to do in the future.

      That’s great about the turkey. πŸ™‚

      Comment by Russ — November 12, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  4. Maybe I should change places with the turkey πŸ™‚ I’ve been instructed in battery-jumping before. God help me if I need to change a flat.

    Comment by DualPersonality — November 12, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

    • I changed a flat once, many years ago at college. I think I could do it again if I had to. Sometimes I think I should look for an opportunity to do a practice change in a leisurely situation. But I don’t just want to take a tire off my car and then put it back on.

      Comment by Russ — November 13, 2011 @ 5:35 am


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