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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Now that is GENIUS..... yikes !!!!!!!!!!!

    My watchyman has a radio ... no plug
    He sticks the 2 wires into the outlet.... Shazam !! Musica !!!!!!!!!!!
    Holy crap. I did something like that when I was 2 years old. Never did it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyM View Post
    Holy crap. I did something like that when I was 2 years old. Never did it again
    Lol, I did the opposite. Cut the electrical cord off the base of an old lamp. Then I plugged the cut cord in...WOW!!!!! (Wow in a bad way)

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    How about the umbrella repair men who collect the thrown away broken umbrellas repairs and sells them. too cool. also, first time I went to brasil saw a guy who took apart bic lighters and refurbished them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmer View Post
    My rental car's battery dies. A group of Dominican men gather around and then start stopping passing vehicles. Open hood, look, close hood, wave on. This happened about 10 times before there was a cheer. They told me to get in my car and turn the key and they flipped the other guy's battery upside down and touched the posts. Who cares about battery acid dripping all over the place. Fired right up. Its what you do when nobody carries jumper cables.
    my battery died in front of Juniors tire shop in Sosua,they ran and got a spare battery and two box wrenches and used the box wrenches as jumpers. I told them to put a new battery in the car,they didn't have the correct battery as the new one was too tall,they cut a plastic soda bottle in half and put it on top of the battery posts so the terminals would not touch the inside hood of the car (unbeknownst to me),first bump in the road I hit the battery hit the hood and boom!! sparks and of course the car stalled. I call them up they come to look at it,opened the hood and were going to take a huge hammer and pound on the inside of the hood and create the clearance needed,I stopped them just before they started pounding on the inside of the hood,what idiots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CristoRey View Post
    I once saw a prostitute in Sosua have a blow out with one of her flip-flops
    whist on an evening stroll down PC. She stopped for a minute, pulled a
    bobby pin out of her hair, heated it up with a lighter then pulled the strap
    tight through the bottom of the sole and pushed the hot bobby pin into it
    to secure the strap... and off she went.

    Its no different in any of the other developing countries I've visited or lived in.
    I guess when you grow up without the means to replace things, you learn how
    to fix them out of necessity.
    That's awesome! In my line of work, they call that field-craft. It's a dying art to most developed countries, but a necessity (like you said) to lesser developed countries. That cracks me up! Make it work until the wheels fall off!!!! Another reason I love DR, the level of entitlement is so much lesser than 1st world areas. They know how to survive!

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    Great thread!

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    I saw a guy run out of gas on his pasola. He stopped one of the concho cars, used a hose to suck gas out of the car into his mouth and then spit the gas into the pasolas tank until he had enough to get to the gas station. Then off he went.

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    THIS ONE IS A TROPHY WINNER

    In STI today --- i had a red light.... the windshield wiper salesman came by

    As it happens , I bought new wipers in the US over Christmas....2 fronts and the midget rear window one
    The rear didn't fit.... awkward size, clip-on - todo

    So I ask the guy if he can give me a rear wiper.....
    Claro....he says.... 250 pesos
    I give him the Winston Churchill signal & he agrees

    BUT - he has a different solution to the problem.

    He removes the rear blade... piezza enetera.... and strips the rubber from it.
    Proceeds to insert new rubber into the old steel frame....
    Basically - exchanging the rubber, not the blade mechanism itself

    Red Light - Remember !!??

    The buzzer sounds - time's up !!

    He instructs me thru the intersection.... and finishes the job.... 200 pesos

    He then says - turn it on , see if it works
    I tell him --- get me some rain and we'll really see if it works !!

    He laughs.... and we part ways

    I still can't believe it......Incredible ..... IMO

    hahahahaha

    After that demonstration ...
    I saw no reason why he couldn't summon a sprinkle of lluvia.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    THIS ONE IS A TROPHY WINNER

    In STI today --- i had a red light.... the windshield wiper salesman came by

    As it happens , I bought new wipers in the US over Christmas....2 fronts and the midget rear window one
    The rear didn't fit.... awkward size, clip-on - todo

    So I ask the guy if he can give me a rear wiper.....
    Claro....he says.... 250 pesos
    I give him the Winston Churchill signal & he agrees

    BUT - he has a different solution to the problem.

    He removes the rear blade... piezza enetera.... and strips the rubber from it.
    Proceeds to insert new rubber into the old steel frame....
    Basically - exchanging the rubber, not the blade mechanism itself

    Red Light - Remember !!??

    The buzzer sounds - time's up !!

    He instructs me thru the intersection.... and finishes the job.... 200 pesos

    He then says - turn it on , see if it works
    I tell him --- get me some rain and we'll really see if it works !!

    He laughs.... and we part ways

    I still can't believe it......Incredible ..... IMO

    hahahahaha

    After that demonstration ...
    I saw no reason why he couldn't summon a sprinkle of lluvia.....
    I like this story. When I was a poor university student, I used to simply purchase the rubber inserts instead of the complete blade. I do not care what anyone says: I have much respect for many a Dominican entrepreneur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timotero View Post
    Lol, I did the opposite. Cut the electrical cord off the base of an old lamp. Then I plugged the cut cord in...WOW!!!!! (Wow in a bad way)
    Me too! Shocking experience.

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