MacGyvering a Solution to Life’s Problems

One of my favorite television shows growing up was MacGyver.

Sure, it could be easy to say that I liked MacGyver because the actor playing the title character and I shared the same haircut, last name and love of Swiss Army Knives, but a better explanation for the show’s appeal was the way that difficult problems were solved using simple household items, elbow grease and brain power.

The show was instrumental in showing that science and brainpower could often overcome firepower so there was a positive message being presented as the Cold War was drawing to a close.

One of my favorite shows growing up was "MacGyver." Recently I got to harness the power of my inner MacGyver to fix so faulty lenses. Photo R. Anderson

One of my favorite shows growing up was “MacGyver.” Recently I got to harness the power of my inner MacGyver to fix some faulty lenses.
Photo R. Anderson

Plus, MacGyver drove a Jeep which was cool except for the later seasons when he had the square headlight version of the Jeep. I digress, but seriously the square headlight years of Jeep were certainly a dark period in the Jeep timeline.

Putting the Ugly Duckling Jeep aside, MacGyver taught me that a Swiss Army Knife can certainly come in handy as I recently discovered once again.

The other day one of the screws on my sunglasses came loose and was threatening to disengage from the rest of the frame holding my oh so expensive, need them to see, polarized lenses.

Now, normally this situation would call for one of those eyeglass repair kits to be utilized. Ironically I recently purchased a new eyeglass repair kit to bring the total number of said kits that I own up to three.

Ideally I would of had an eyeglass repair kit with me when my sunglasses got a lose screw. Instead, I tried a similar tool. Photo R. Anderson

Ideally I would of had an eyeglass repair kit with me when my sunglasses got a loose screw. Instead, I tried a similar tool.
Photo R. Anderson

Of course, despite being the proud owner of three eyeglass repair kits, none of them were with me when the screw came loose.

So I asked some female colleagues if they happened to have an eyeglass repair kit on them since a) many of them wear glasses and b) they all carry large purses which can hold many contingency supplies.

Sadly, none of the colleagues had any eyeglass repair kits on them so I was faced with the potential of having to wait to repair the sunglasses after I got home.

Then, I remembered my trusty Swiss Army Knife that has been a staple in my pocket for around a quarter of a century if not longer.

So why have I had a Swiss Army Knife in my pocket for over 25 years, you ask? After watching MacGyver, and seeing all of the cool things that he did with his Swiss Army Knife, I asked for one for Christmas one year.

After convincing my mom that I was responsible and could handle ownership of a sharp knife without “shooting my eye out” I was presented with a shiny new Swiss Army Knife “Tinker” model to call my own.

Of course a few minutes after trying to open all of the blades at once like the display knives in the stores,  I found out just how sharp the knife was and cut my finger as my mom and grandmother looked on.  I at first tried to deny that my new Christmas present had drawn blood but it was soon hard to hide the red stuff trickling down my finger.

Old Red has been in my pocket for over 25 years even though we got off to a rough start. Photo R. Anderson

Old Red has been in my pocket for over 25 years even though we got off to a rough start.
Photo R. Anderson

I still have a scar to this day from that incident but the ensuing years have proved to be less blood drawing and more functional whenever I use the knife.

So, as I looked at my wounded sunglasses I thought that surely there was something on my knife that could be used to fix the glasses MacGyver style.

I first thought of using one of the blades as a screwdriver since the actual screwdriver attachment on the knife would be too wide. This option was quickly dismissed since I did not really want to be sitting at my desk with a blade drawn and have coworkers panic or think something was going on that required them to duck and run.

So with the blades ruled out my thought turned to the tweezers attachment. While the tweezers are there to help remove splinters when I am out doing manly things in the woods with only my knife and a palm frond for shade, I figured they might do the trick.

Okay, so as much as I enjoy watching survival shows on the Discovery Channel, truth be told, I am never out in the woods with only my knife and a palm frond. But I have certainly had to use the tweezers through the years while moving various jumpers on computer hard drives and other air conditioned tasks.

In a pinch, tweezers from a Swiss Army Knife can be used to fix lose screws on a pair of sunglasses. Photo R. Anderson

In a pinch, tweezers from a Swiss Army Knife can be used to fix loose screws on a pair of sunglasses.
Photo R. Anderson

So with the tweezers in hand I was able to successfully repair the glasses and place the wayward screw back where it belonged so as to avoid an incident where the lens would fall out.

Granted, MacGyver probably would have found a way to incorporate duct tape into the repair but needless to say I was feeling pretty accomplished with my ingenuity and started thinking of other things that I could solve MacGyver style.

The first thought that came to mind was trying to figure out a solution to the Astros and their lost season. But I soon realized that it would take a whole lot of duct tape to fix that situation and even MacGyver himself with all of the resources of the Phoenix Foundation behind him would have trouble with that one.

So the Astros will just need to continue on the present course until a better solution can be found. I guess the team could try a promotion where they gave away duct tape to help draw a crowd but there really is no sense in making a sticky situation even worse.

So I came up short in my attempt to fix other problems MacGyver style but I am sure there will come a time when my Swiss Army Knife and I are once again called upon to fix some injustice or at least some loose screws.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have the urge to watch some old episodes of MacGyver. Where did I put that MacGyver wig anyway?

Copyright 2013 R. Anderson

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