Wednesday, 10 April 2013

I is for (Questionable) Ingenuity

One evening, a few years ago, one of the curtain rails in our lounge broke.

My parents had been planning to redecorate the room, so this wasn't a particularly big problem. Dad, however, decided that it would be a terrible inconvenience not to have curtains for a little while, and so he took it upon himself to come up with a temporary solution.

By 'temporary solution' I of course mean 'completely over-the-top and insane idea'.

So, some time later that evening, Dad returned to the lounge. With tools. And what he did next defied the laws of logic. His actions have gone down in family history. We delight in telling the story whenever we can. Dad's ingenious plan, you see, was to nail the curtains to the wooden pelmet which surrounded the (now broken) rail. That's right; he basically nailed the curtains shut.

Once we realised what he was doing, my mum, sister and I started to question just how 'temporary'   a solution this was. He assured us it would only be until the weekend.

I stopped counting when we got to four years.

You'll be glad to learn that Dad's 'temporary solution' has now been replaced by a new curtain rail and new curtains (that actually open AND close!)

Question: Do you know anyone with similarly questionable ingenuity?


  1. I've had my share of 'temporary' situations which became permanent. Like the garage door. It didn't work one day, so my husband said park outside for a little while -- a temporary situation. Almost a year later, I'm still parking outside.
    Fun post.
    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

  2. I would LOVE to see a photo of this!! Great post!! Had me smiling!!

    Great job! You have great writing style.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog... will see you again for another letter!

    Dana at Waiter, drink please!