Conversation in a hardware store checkout line

Cashier: (Observing the one-inch fender washers in my hand) You playing washers?Me: Actually, I’m going to try to make wheels for an old train.

Cashier: Did you try Hobby Country?

Me: Oh yeah, but they don’t have anything for something like this (pre-War American Flyer). These wheels haven’t been made for almost 70 years.

Cashier: My brother’s into old trains. He and his son go to England to get old trains.

Me: (Eyes getting big.) Oh yeah, Hornby made some really cool stuff!

Cashier: I’m like, why do you have to go all the way over there to buy trains?

Me: Because Hornby made a whole bunch of cool stuff that never made it over here!

I guess I’ve got it kind of bad, huh? I’m not booking flights for England but I know why someone else is, and what they’re probably looking for…

3 thoughts on “Conversation in a hardware store checkout line

  • April 16, 2004 at 12:43 am
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    Man, I’d hook up with that relative and offer them a finders fee for the stuff you’re looking for!

  • April 20, 2004 at 11:15 pm
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    This is somewhat offtopic, but if I were able to, I’d head up to Safeco Field in Seattle to get their featured promotion for you: first 20,000 (I think) get an Ichiro "choo-choo" train car (comes in plastic, even). Nice promotion.

    http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/sea/schedule/promotions.jsp (May 4) (for "drooling" purposes ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    • April 21, 2004 at 12:27 am
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      That’s cool looking. Looks like it might be N scale. A little small for me, but hey, it’s trains and baseball, two great tastes that’d be even better together, eh?

      Thanks for the link. Which gives me an idea to do one better: Make my own George Brett Hall of Fame commemorative boxcar. ๐Ÿ™‚

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