Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Last week I went to Modell's and bought Gus a portable basketball hoop-thingy for the driveway. (The staff at the Willow Grove Modell's is sterling - really nice and helpful, btw). Anyway, when I took it out of the box, I couldn't find any of the hardware or directions or the net. After some phone calls with Modell's, Matthew finally discovered the hardware and the net stuffed up into one of the poles. Huh? Like, of course that's where I would think to look!

Well, that problem solved, Matthew and I went to work yesterday to put the thing together. Here is the box.

Please note the words "Easy To Assemble" and "No Tools Required". We discovered that directions were definitely in order and they were not included, so I called the number on the box and they said they'd email me the directions. Which they never did. Fortunately, Matthew found a pdf online and printed all THIRTY-SIX pages out. Easy to assemble, eh?

Also "No Tools Required" should apparently be amended to read "By No Tools Required We Mean No Tools Required Other Than a 36-Piece Socket Wrench Set and Pliers and a Measuring Tape and a Sawhorse and a Piece of Wood and a Mallet and a Second Person With the Strength of Hercules"

We finally got the whole ding-dang thing together and when Gus came home he was thrilled and insisted on playing even though he had just finished school and an hour and a half of school sports. So that made it worth it.

End of rant.


Blogger Liz K. said...

Great moments in parenthood.


2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just how Bill Bradley and George Noon and Lew Alcindor and other hoop greats got started - with parents who were patient enough to put the #$%@#& net and backboard together!!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what they say, if it sounds too good to be true...

But I'm glad the boy loves it. And who gave him that cool McNabb jersey? Must be someone who loves him a lot!

1:34 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Liz - yeah, you know it's coming!

Anon - Wa HA HA! You know I LOVE a George Noon reference!

CG - he's good at multi-sporting.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did I say George Noon? You know I meant to say Elgin Baylor; I'm not sure how George got in there.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you trying to make me insane with fabulous links? i just wanna know. i think so.

oh and i'm thinking of going to art school for textile design. thinking about it....researching...careful decision-making. not like when i impluse-buy sock yarn.

11:27 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home