5 responses to “My Obi-Wan Kenobi Moment”

  1. Amanda MacNaughton

    This description of trying to put together a display is hilarious, Jeff! We have similar problems at Paulina Springs. In fact, despite one of our staff having two engineering degrees, we always feel so helpless that we save them for poor Brad (who owns the store and has no engineering degrees but lots of handiness). One time we even bribed a customer to put one together for us. Oddly, we never thought of using TAPE! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Jeffrey Shaffer

    I am SO glad to hear that I am not suffering alone! Also, several people who read this told me to be sure and never get stranded on a deserted island because I will obviously be unable to build a shelter or a raft from the available materials (like Tom Hanks did on ‘Castaway’). I have already taken steps to avoid that possibility.

  3. Elizabeth Bluemle

    Ha! We struggle with these displays, too. Just got a Halloween display with seven pieces of cardboard meant to fold and interconnect with one another. Usually, I’m pretty good at reconstructing these things, but I am stymied. Maybe I’ll just start with the tape!

  4. Nancy McKinley

    Thank you for the much needed dose of sobering realism conveyed in such an enjoyable way. I was under the impression that working in a book store would be like heaven; no work, all play and just read, read, read all day.

    I will never look at cardboard the same way ever again.

  5. Jeffrey Shaffer

    I so much appreciate the sympathetic comments! I will forever be intimidated by the phrase “some assembly required.”

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