Example number one: slideshow of our trip to China, set up to show during our Moon Festival party. I was just going to prop a laptop on a table, but Mr. Fixit had the brilliant idea to use a computer projector so more people could see at once. I wish the projector was propped up on something more attractive than a pile of snow tires, but you can’t deny it’s a very Canadian touch.
Example number two, an e-mail conversation with Mr. Fixit from last week:
Him: We just got a new battery in the lab. 800 pounds and 600 Volts. I got to drive a forklift to deliver it. Very cool!
Me: YOU HAVE A HEART CONDITION. DO NOT PUT YOUR TONGUE TO THAT BATTERY. DO YOU HEAR ME?
Him: Tongues? No way, we use our fingers. Preferably one on the right hand and one on the left. Did I mention the forklift?
Example number three, from this past weekend. Mr. Fixit and I had decided that in the run-up to the release of the new Harry Potter movie in the theatres, our family would re-watch the first six movies at home.
On Friday night I went to bed early. Mr. Fixit was busy in the basement and acting rather secretive. I knew he had brought home a projector from work and he had to set it up, and I knew he had borrowed a sheet to be a makeshift movie screen, but I couldn’t understand why I could hear hammering from downstairs. Was he hammering the sheet to the wall?
On Saturday, all became clear. He had cobbled together an entire home theatre experience in our basement. The sheet was tacked (not hammered – I checked) to the wall and somehow he had set up speakers to give us Dolby 5.1 surround sound. The projector had been adjusted to produce an 81-inch widescreen picture. Our comfortable-but-worn couches and recliner were set up in two rows facing the screen. The reason for the hammering became apparent when I sat on the rear couch – he had put together risers to elevate the couch in back so everyone could see.
On Saturday evening we watched the first Harry Potter movie in our new home theatre, and it was delightful. At times we forgot we were in our own basement, except that the seating was more comfortable than any theatre. Score one for the tech geek wizard.