Yep, Quite Proud – But Not Of The Ironing Board.

Sat, Aug 23, 2008

Home Projects, I Love Upstate

OK, I’m a little proud of the ironing board…that I made from scratch! First though, let me tell you about my afternoon with Larry…

I forgot my cellphone today. Left it at home. I walked out of the subway and not more than 15 feet from me saw a little old man tumble like a bag of bricks to the ground. He slammed his head onto the metal curb/water-run-off-sewer-grate thingee. He was laying there – completely unconscious in the street all banged up with gashes. Not having a cellphone, I told no less than SIX people to call 911. Nobody did. They just stood there. Someone actually had the nerve to suggest he was “probably just drunk” with that tone of voice that suggests this man is not worthy of attention. Larry was easily 80 years old and drunk or not – he had smashed his head on the hard ground and was unconscious. As a side note, I did not smell alcohol on him. I finally yelled at a woman to hand over her “f’ing cellphone” to me and I called 911. Nobody would go near the man. That’s just stunning to me. There I was in my office garb on my hands and knees IN THE STREET trying to check the man out (without moving him of course). I think it’s my Mom & Dad – it’s their upbringing that makes me respond. Whenever there was a car accident near our house (we lived near a highway) my Mom and Dad were easily the first on the scene with towels, ice and soothing/simple contact. I sat there rubbing Larry’s arm. I knew his name was Larry, he had his identification on a lanyard around his neck. Eventually another nice person sat down on the ground with me and we talked to Larry as he slowly regained consciousness imploring him to not move and to stay still. We were afraid he’d try to stand up and take another header. I made ridiculous chit-chat about sunglasses and what a nice day it was – anything to keep him from thinking about trying to stand up or move. The ambulance finally came and took him away. Sure hope Larry’s doing OK. He looked like a sweet man.

When I got home I was itching for a project. I have a new sewing instructor (the previous one flaked on me twice) who will be here on Tuesday night. This woman sounds like business. I’m kinda scared of her – in a good way. The other (flaky one) sounded like a hipster. Anyway, she demanded that I have an ironing board. I don’t want to go buy some piece of plastic junk and I want something smallish. I grabbed an mdf board, my jigsaw, some clamps and cut the board to the size I wanted. Then I used a staple gun to attach 2 layers of batting, 2 layers of heavy cotton fabric and 1 layer of groovy fabric. Last but not least, I attached legs. I used the ironing board in the Cath Kidston book as my guide…

The fabric is called “apples & pears” by Alexander Henry. Someday when I have more energy I’ll paint the legs white. Good enough for now. Cute, right?

I’ve got incredible friends! Dawn sent me these hysterical t-shirts. Believe the “What I really need are minions” one is for me and the “minion” one is for the Fiance. Awesome! Sonya shipped me boxes of Duncan Hines Boston Cream pie kits (she sent 3!) that I can’t get around here – they are disappearing from store shelves since Duncan Hines has stopped making them. Sure, we could make it from scratch – but I like this kind, reminds me of my childhood. Boston Cream Pie was my Dad’s favorite and my Mom used to make it a couple of times a year. Thank you so much Dawn & Sonya! You rock the house!

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12 Comments For This Post

  1. Marilyn Says:

    Wow. I am so proud of you, you decent moral upstanding citizen you. Today, you deserve a dozen minions bearing Boston Cream pie!

    On a shallower note, that apple-pear fabric is making me drool.

  2. jeanmartha Says:

    I just don’t understand why people are so passive, why they don’t take action. It’s mind-boggling to me.

    Here’s the fabric on ebay…it also comes in a cool brown version for crisp autumn nights…LOL

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Alexander-Henry-In-The-Kitchen-Apple-Pears-Blue_W0QQitemZ370076965494QQihZ024QQcategoryZ28162QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118Q2el1247

  3. Dawn Says:

    Glad you like the shirts! Could have used a herd of minions when you were here and the shirt just reminded me of you. Couldn’t not send one for the designated Minion of the Day either.

  4. laura @ the shorehouse Says:

    Poor Larry. Crap like that makes me want to run away and live in a yurt so I don’t have to deal with people. Seriously.

    I am very proud of you (for real. But I’m also proud and amazed that you built a freakin’ ironing board.)

  5. Sharon Says:

    Yeah, I’m proud of you for Larrry too, but even MORE proud of your ironing board. It’s genius! And let me be the first to tell you that in sewing, the actual sitting at the sewing machine is about 20% of it. The rest is measuring, cutting, and ironing. So get ready. Sewing’s the easy part.

  6. modernemama Says:

    Stupid people – even if he WAS drunk he still needed help. What’s the big deal calling 911 – it’s a free call isn’t it? Thank goodness you were there.
    Truly awesome ironing board – LOVE the fabric

  7. ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama Says:

    I think folks are also fearful of being sued – and that stops them from having good intentions

    Kudos to you!

    ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

  8. april Says:

    Jean,
    Thank you for being human. I’m very proud of you too. I sure hope Larry is okay.

    And I have five minions on standby if the fiance needs backup.

  9. kate24 Says:

    the qualities I love in a person: number 1-kindness, 2-sense of humor, 3-intelligence, 4- originality. I think this anecdote hits them all. Enjoy your new wheels and big fun Sunday, you deserve it!

  10. jeanmartha Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, appreciate it! I keep wanting to call the hospital and see how he is but I know I shouldn’t further involve myself…

  11. kate24 Says:

    I would call, I keep thinking about him. Maybe he died and your act of kindness was his last, or maybe he got better because you helped. I saw a tape of someone falling in the street and the numerous people who just walked around or biked around him and kept going. So that people didn’t involve themselves is not so surprising The thing that I find most shocking is that you, a respectable looking lady, had difficulty getting someone to call 911 for Christ’s sakes. That’s chilling.

  12. NevePiemnep Says:

    Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.

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