If you’ve had a hockey player in the house for any length of time, you are probably in danger of being buried by hockey socks. These innocuous tubes of knit polyester appear to be completely harmless, yet seem to have the reproductive capability of rabbits. Seriously. Hockey socks spontaneously generate in our locker room, appearing in colors unworn by any of our teams, in singles and in pairs, threatening to disrupt the natural ecosystem like so many Asian carp.
As the old saying goes, when life gives you hockey socks, make, uh, make other stuff. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right? With just a little imagination, you’ll find that hockey socks have a multitude of uses that have absolutely nothing to do with hockey or socks. I think it goes without saying that you should wash the socks first, but there, I said it anyway. Here are a few of our favorites: Read the rest of this entry »
Has your kid ever come home from practice or a game with a phone that looked like this?
After a couple smashed sunglasses and cracked iPod and cellphone screens, I started to wonder what the heck was going on. Turns out, the kids throw their equipment bags on the floor or ground at practice, just like they do at home. And then, just like at home, other kids step on them. Go figure.
Obviously, this could not be allowed to continue. After some trial and error, we can up with a pretty good, and pretty cheap solution.
The Pretty Good, Pretty Cheap Solution
We took an empty lunch meat tub and washed it out, then put the cellphone and sunglasses in it and snapped the top on. Lo and behold–a protective case!
It’s big enough to hold all the stuff, yet lightweight and fits in a baseball bag. It’s also fairly watertight. And when it gets stepped on, it may crack but, so far, the contents have been fine. We just replace the tub with another one and carry on. I’ve thought about lining it with bubble wrap or some leftover packaging materials but haven’t tried that yet. If you want to make it really secure, a wrap of hockey tape would do it.
I like the recycled aspect of this solution, and the cheap part as well. And the fact that I’m not at the Verizon store as frequently. Putting that one in the win column.