10 years ago, 06/10/2018
About this time last year I purchased one of those car canopy's you can pick up for about $100.00 and then for about another $75.00 you can purchase the sides kit. I was having some work done on my home which included removing my little old garage that was obviously made for a model T. With the loss of the garage I needed someplace to put the tons of useless stuff I've collected over the years and should throw out. If you are a rummage sale addict like myself you understand. Well I certainly could not throw out wonderful purchases like an electric bottle opener/dice polisher! At the risk of rambling on I will. I was a little concerned when I made this big purchase to protect my pile of worthless junk but I have to tell you I was grinning ear to ear once it was up and I saw how big it is. I was planning parties and all kind of events once I saw that thing up and ready for action. OK all was good, until "the" wind. I'm sure everywhere is known for it's winds (I think every city claims to be windier the Chicago) but keep in mind that North Dakota is part of "The Great Plains", there ain't nothing to stop the wind here. So after a mile or two walk around the neighborhood picking up the debris I put it back together again. This time I used a little more common sense in securing it down and re-enforced the bent and twisted frame. My bride really enjoyed mending the tarps as well. All was fine till the next big storm, the 1st snow, the first big snow, then there was that storm and the next one and of course today makes about the 10th time I had to search for the top of the thing, call the fire department to get it out of the power lines, and then put it back on in the driving rain (nope it did not snow today, June 27th but it felt like it could) and hoped that if I was struck by a bolt of lightning while I held on to the metal frame that at least my hair might grow back like I've read about other guys have (didn't happen).
In case you are thinking this is pointless reading here comes the moral: Don't buy one of those canvas car shelters. Just don't!
Just last week, 06/03/2018 I repeated this disaster only this time with a "easy up" screen house. Obviously it was easy down as well and just as obvious I did not learn my lesson in ten years.
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