Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Boredom + Extra Parts = ghetto Fab!


Today, we found out in our shop what happens when you combine an over-active person with some spare parts.
I'd like you to meet my tool box, new and improved.

The CD player you'll notice if you look closely on the left side of the bottom box has been with me for nigh unto 7 years, first in the Mighty Maxima, then the Altima, then my Jeep. CD players are great. I've decided that you can tolerate a number of failings in a player... for instance, if one of the channels of the auxiliary input goes caput, that's ok. On the other hand, though... Beeping when i get out of the car is not okay. i've replaced 2 players now because they did that... yes, i'm slightly spoiled.

The major failing for which this here 400 dollar (MSRP 7 years ago) was removed from my jeep was this: if you own a cd player that won't feed itself, you've got problems. for a few months, i had to coax the CD in with a screw driver turned perpendicular to the disk, and out with a set of needle nose pliers.
So, i replaced it... Keeping tools on hand and trying to work with them while driving at super-legal speeds isn't smart... but keeping tools on hand IN A TOOL BOX and using them WHILE STANDING STILL seemed a good option to me. As did canabalizing the speakers (ghetto, eh?) from the shop system that would no longer open or close the cd tray, or play cd's or casettes at all. Somehow, a matchbox car was also inserted into one of the speakers too... Not too worried about it.
So, I'm excited that my Toolbox will now play CDs, MP3's, WMA's, and is completely mobile with it's very own 12 volt battery. Yeah. hope you enjoyed it.

7 comments:

abstowe said...

My box is bigger than your box says bob. He is waiting for the royalties, because he patented it years ago (1985). Further, he brags that his has satellite radio and is wired for cable. I'd better stop listening to him now, though, because I'm afraid he is going to say it can fly too.
Too late - he says the next improvement will be a TV with a foldup screen.

I am Sam said...

I knew i wasn't the first.
But i was under the impression i might have been the ghetto-ist. come on... The Huge Ghetto-Blaster speakers?

Cindy said...

Okay Sam... that gave me and Mahon both a good laugh. Partly because I don't think I've ever heard you use the phrase "ghetto fab" before. it's awesome.

Grant Watson said...

Maybe if you have some more spare time you can refine and copyright wireless power transmission, hence eliminating the battery and making about a trillion dollars in the process.

somestratt said...

Sam, I really do love this invention of yours!!! And yes, I am glad that you are using your tools while not driving. MUCH MUCH more save. Actually, you would think that would be illegal in many states, especially the ones with hands free laws! And I agree with Grant. Keep working on it and shortly you will be a billionaire. And, since I am supporting this idea I would love to receive the gift of having my mortgage paid off!

abstowe said...

Me too! How about both mortgages while we are at it? Then we will all really call you uncle Sam and beg for a handout....

somestratt said...

ha, ha, ha!