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When I first started using a cane, some years ago, I made a nice one out of laminated oak flooring. Loved that cane, then lost it when I laid it on the roof of my El Camino, got distracted, forgot it, drove off with still on the roof, and lost it. OK, went to the drugstore, bought one of their rather tacky wooden canes for about $20. It was OK, but then lost it, the same way. Drugstore, cane, $20. That was when I started making my own for real. As it turned out, lost that 2d drugstore cane as well, but by that time had another homemade cane. Lost another, but heard it hit, and was able to retrieve it. Lost another one or two the same way. Then the other day, lost a nice yardstick cane, heard it hit, went back twice, couldn't find it - it was dark and I was going to a sleep study for apnea. Got hold of the younger son, told him the story, asked him to look, It wasn't a great emergency, I have about 8 more in the Jeep, but a really nice cane, which he was able to find, fortunately.

But that was the final straw. Needed a cane holder of some sort, so they'd stay in place. Clips on large speaker magnets, you name it, I probably thought of it. Possibly the most workable idea was, to attach a small rare earth magnet to it. Then I realized what I was missing. I wasn't going by the K.I.S.S. principle - Keep It Simple Stupid. Problem solved. I have a rack on the Jeep. Hook the cane on the rack, pointed forward; now, even if I were to forget it was up there, as soon as I get in, and look forward, I can see it. I can even reach it without getting out. I'm a genius.
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Okay, that really is a pragmatic solution. I was afraid you were going to tell us you now had a chain around your neck hooked to the cane like a librarian and her glasses, or the way Sgt. Preston RCMP had a cord on his revolver. Actually, after looking at the photo it might be a cool solution if you had the right hat.
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Heh, got the hat covered.
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G'day Theo, i use to tie a bit of string around my finger so i wouldn't forget things, then one i looked down at my finger and thought " WTF did i tie that string on there " LMAO
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lmao...Great solution,,,,,carefull though,,,,some retard will say it looks too much like a weapon mounted on your roof...sounds stupid...just sayin,,,,lmao
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Neat idea. Now, can you remember where you parked your Jeep?
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lmao...Great solution,,,,,carefull though,,,,some retard will say it looks too much like a weapon mounted on your roof...sounds stupid...just sayin,,,,lmao
Please don't say that to any Canadian Liberal politician. They will want the owners to put a serial number on them and have them registered onto a national database. Since Theo makes canes, his sales would be severely scrutinized to make sure he isn't selling them to little old lady terrorists. You can't be too careful with us old folks, we don't have a lot left to live for you know.

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For some reason I get a vision of gloves and strings going through sleeves. Must be a flashback to childhood and snow.

As for remembering, a good friend of mine takes pills to help with his memory loss. I asked how they were working for him. He replied that he is not sure he keeps forgetting to take the pills.
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Please don't say that to any Canadian Liberal politician. They will want the owners to put a serial number on them and have them registered onto a national database. Since Theo makes canes, his sales would be severely scrutinized to make sure he isn't selling them to little old lady terrorists. You can't be too careful with us old folks, we don't have a lot left to live for you know.
Yea well, my GF lives in Canada and is mortified tvhat i own guns (retired law enforcement). At least you havn,nt started suspending little kids for pointing fingers(looks like a gun) or playing cops n robbers at recess. In one case actually suspending a deaf child (about 7 yrs old) because his name in sign launguage looks too much like a gun. PC run seriously amuck!!
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Yea well, my GF lives in Canada and is mortified tvhat i own guns (retired law enforcement). At least you havn,nt started suspending little kids for pointing fingers(looks like a gun) or playing cops n robbers at recess. In one case actually suspending a deaf child (about 7 yrs old) because his name in sign launguage looks too much like a gun. PC run seriously amuck!!
That's truly sad. Unfortunately we can match you. A kindergarten or grade one student in Ontario drew a family picture and had her dad holding a pistol. The teacher showed it to the principal, the principal called the police, and the OPP hunted the man down and arrested him. Turned out he didn't own any guns. Last I heard no one had apologized to him.

Sorry Theo, not meaning to hijack your thread. I like simple solutions and that is a good one. Whenever I come across simple solutions like this it reminds me of an episode in a short lived TV series from many years ago. After Walter Brennan finished the Real McCoys he had a new series called the Tycoon where he played the tycoon with many business interests. I remember one episode where he had a problem with one station in an assembly line that was a bottleneck. He hired 4 engineers just out of university to solve the problem in one week and the winner would get a permanent job. Three of them sat and drafted plans as hard as they could go. One sat and gazed into space for the week. At the end of the week Walt walked in and said he wanted to see the results but he looked at the one who didn't have any plans and told him he was very disappointed in him. The kid looked back and said I already solved the problem, the line is working fine now. Walt asked how he did it and the kid's reply was - I found someone who was left handed to work that station. Sometimes it really is that simple.

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