Sunday, April 22, 2012

MacGyver is alive and well!

The time has come to write about my husband, Ben. We lovingly call him MacGyver.

Hopefully, you remember the TV show,  MacGyver, (1985-92)

 Wikipedia says that...........

"MacGyver is a resourceful agent with an encyclopedic knowledge of science, able to solve complex problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with his ever-present duct tape and his Swiss Army Knife."

We are in the process of completing the basement of our condo. We needed to buy a shower stall. I found one on Craig's List. The guy we bought it from could not get the unit into his basement.

 (That should have been our first clue.)

I never worry about the details, I am married to "MacGyver"and no challenge is too big for him!

We drove about 1 hour north with my husband's Chevy S10 pick-up. The shower stall would not fit IN the truck, but after thinking and measuring, Ben came up with a solution.

(I did bring a book to read, sometimes my MacGyver takes longer then the real MacGyver to come up with a solution.)

It took us 2 1/2 hours to make it home in the dark.  (Thank goodness!! we arrived under the cover of darkness.)

A few weeks ago, MacGyver, was watching our granddaughter, Sloan. Grandpa wanted to get some work done in the garage and Sloan loves being outside.

Grandpa needed to come up with a solution.  First he took careful measurement of the distant to the road.  He placed the trash can and walker at just the right angle.  He tied a long rope from the trash can to Sloan's walker.

She had the run of the driveway and sidewalk and  was never in danger of road traffic. 

When I came home she was happy as can be!
His most famous accomplishment is the time Ben's semi-truck broke down in Lancaster PA.  He used his limited but creative mechanical skills to get his truck running again.

He first determined an airline hose had broken.  It was the middle of the night which means a service call would be expensive and a very long wait.

A state trouper stop to see if Ben needed any help. Ben told him he needed a small hose for his truck. The only store open was the local Walmart.  The state trouper took Ben to Walmart. He told Ben he wanted to see what "MacGyver" was going to do.  Ben walked around the store looking for the perfect solution.  He bought a lamp repair kit and two hose clamps.
 Ben used the threaded rod and the two hose clamps to fix the airline hose.  This $10.00 fix got him all the way back to Michigan.  (I think his company returned the lamp kit and got their money back:)

I am sure that police man is still talking about the resourceful MacGyver driver!

Love that guy!


  1. Wow! he's a clever guy that MacGyver! Too funny! Great post. :)

    1. Thanks! It's getting easier to write about things that I see as funny, (I just hope other can see the humor too)
      I just have to remember to get it on camera:) Married 35 years this fall and Ben is a wonderful husband!



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