I've known Grizzled long enough to know that even though we have differing technical vocabularies, most things that come out of his mouth are at least somewhat familiar. The other day he left me completely flummoxed and certain he'd had a stroke.
While standing in the garage, with his back to me, he muttered something about needing his backer rod.
"I know I had some backer rod!"
"Some what?? Some Baccarat??'
"No! I have some backer rod somewhere!"
"You've got back rot??"
"NO!!! I bought some backer rod and can't find it!"
"Did it come from Ikea? Was it right next to the Flarn and Grankulla?? What the *#@* is backer rod??"
I now know. I've never EVER heard that term before. I've never used the stuff before. It wasn't until he described it that I knew what he was talking about. I, however, had thought it was some kind of insulation that went around the ice maker line.
Backer rod looks like it would be good for some kind of 3-D creation. I thought the same thing when I saw Grizzled using polyurethane foam insulation. My eldest lamblet was into making flower fairies at the time and I thought it would be the perfect thing to use to make tree stump home. I even strung a little line of battery-operated lights on the shopping bag armeture before applying the foam. It was awesome. My neighbors thought I was nuts. I made the initial shape on the driveway and was wearing huge seafoam green rubber gloves.
I hate to say it, but Home Despot could easily become my art supply store.
Ok RM, I know you're chomping at the bit... fill up with comments with all of your backer rod know-how!!
FYI- I had a similar incident to the backer rod scenario a couple of years ago when Grizzled was talking about spline. How could I have been on the earth for over 40 years and still not know what the heck spline was?!?! I've since tried to crochet with it. Awesome.