Thingamabobs. The Paint Stick

There are many things on any given day that I see and think Geez, I wonder what that is.  Often it’s in relation to an outfit on a teenage girl.  As in Well I know that couldn’t be a pair of shorts, and yet it isn’t quite underwear … I wonder what that is. Sometimes it’s as simple as an exotic vegetable in the grocery store.  Like a potato with too many eyes.

I’ll see things in ditches, or in gardens or hurtling towards my windshield and I’ll think Geez, I wonder what that is.  It’s an annoyance not knowing what every SINGLE thing in the world is, but I’ve come to grips with the fact that I can’t possibly know everything.

I know the important things and that’s enough.  Take for example this thing.  I know what it is.  Do you?

Simple enough, right? It’s a paint can.  You dip your brush into it or pour it into a paint tray.

Good! You score one point. Now lets move onto the next thing.

What’s this thingamabob?

O.K., I  know this one’s harder, so I’ll give it to you from another angle.

It’s a paint stick.  Good job if you guessed that one!   Plus the post is titled “The Paint Stick” so … don’t pat yourself on the back too darn hard.  Used for stirring up your paint, right?  Wrong.  Or at least you’re partially wrong.  See that little half-moon cutout in the paint stick?  It has a purpose.  A role in life.  Who knew?  Not me.  Not until one day when I was watching my sister (the painter) using it to it’s full potential.  Take a gander at this little piece of engineering genius at work.

That little half-moon is for scraping all the paint in your roller out when you’re done your painting job.  I had no idea.  Which makes me feel angry and amazed at that little stick of wood all at the same time.  Seriously, things as complicated as a paint stick need to come with some sort of instruction booklet.

So I figured … huh … I wonder who else didn’t even think to ask “Geez, I wonder what that is.  I  mean it’s one thing to not know what something is, it’s something else entirely to believe your whole life you KNEW what something was, only to find out you had no idea.  Or at least you didn’t know the whole truth.  This is just like the time I found out you can both straighten AND curl your hair with a hair straightener.  Sheesh.

A paint roller holds cups and cups of paint.  Even when you think it’s rolled dry, there’s a whole lotta paint in there.  This much I knew.  I just didn’t think there was an actual tool, other than my hands, to get that paint back into the can.

This from the girl who made a beautiful outdoor lantern out of a $1 bathroom basket.  So, for all of you who call me a genius.  Who proclaim you want to be my best friend because I am so clever … I wanted to introduce you to Karen the idiot and her paint stick thingamabob.  Who knew.  I also once ate a whole bowl of meat sauce at my sister’s house thinking it was chili that didn’t have enough beans in it.  See?  Not so smart at all.  Not all the time anyway.

At this moment I could sort of see something awry at the end of my nose.  And I thought to myself … Geez, I wonder what that is.  Yup.

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  1. Susan says:

    Only straight paint sticks at our paint stores, but I bought one of these many years ago and it does the same job, plus has a scraper on the end and a crack cleaner: Very handy tool. I think mine was made by Stanley, but I’ve pretty much seen some version of it in just about every paint department I’ve ever been in.

  2. Karen Young says:

    I was married to a painter and didn’t know about that, but I do know they make good paddles.
    I had three boys so I needed something handy. :)

  3. Elfrieda says:

    That tip has escaped me for years and I am definitely going to share it, I know that if I didn’t know this, neither did my friends. Ha!

  4. elarhy says:

    I have the weird little habit of reading the instructions manuals of everything since i discovered; 5 years after buying it; that i could indeed take photos of/by myself because my camara came with this little mirrow flap in the side (so you can see if you are, in fact, in the picture) when i openend the flap by mistake while cleaning the lens…

    I had seen it before and wondered what the hell was that little mirrow like thing…but never asked… It was explained in the second page of the manual

  5. Raine says:

    OMG who da thunk? I sure didn’t..

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