Sunday, January 8, 2012

What would we do without taypee?


                                                                               Dominicans love sticky tape, or taypee as they pronounce it. It is usually black but in our house we were left a roll of silver tape by some American friends, so our whole house is full of things stuck together with silver taypee. The washing machine has been taypeed. Electric cables throughout the house are stuck together with taypee. Under the kitchen sink, all the pipes have taypee wound around them. This picture is of a fly and mosquito murdering device which delivers an electric shock to them. It stopped working but was mended in no time and  as you can see, its handle is now totally covered with taypee.
                                                                         
My husband decided to play baseball in the garden, but the only problem was there was no bat. In true Dominican fashion the problem was fixed in a jiffy, and he just broke the handle off the sweeping brush and hey presto one baseball bat, albeit a little bit thin.

I then wanted to sweep the house, but the handle on the brush was only 2 inches tall and although the brush itself was still fine, it would have only been easy to use if you were 8 inches tall, and I am a little more than that.  After a week of sweeping whilst sitting on my bottom, I asked him to fix the brush. 

Easy, simply bring on the taypee.  As you can see the brush has been fixed, although I was not too chuffed that there is now a big hole in the middle of it, making sweeping a tad more difficult. I pointed this out to him and he said. "Yo resolvi," meaning I fixed it. 

"Yes my love, you did fix it," I replied sweetly. "BUT IF YOU HADN'T BLOODY SNAPPED IT OFF IN THE FIRST PLACE IT WOULDN'T HAVE NEEDED FIXING WOULD IT?"

Does anyone have more interesting things which are taypeed together?


12 comments:

  1. Who needs a brush? Or chicken feet free soup? What a sight for sore eyes! :D
    Does he have a brother?

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  2. Taypee is almost constantly on my shopping list as it's not just that it is used for every repair but also the amount which is deemed necessary each time. This especially applies to the teflon taypee which, instead of being wound around a couple of times, is at least 15 layers thick so that the original piece of tube (or whatever) will no longer fit in the hole!!!

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  3. Ines you make me scream with laughter lol! No brother I am afraid and 20 year old son now has girlfriend. I can see I am going to have to post pics of husband climbing palm trees naked haha!

    True Whirelybird they always use far too much!

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  4. Oh God, naked up the palm tree? You know, I gave up on men about a year ago... Too boring / annoying / clingy / unreliable... I' m from Germany, that might tell it. None of them could climb a palm tree to save his life - let alone mine. Or look as sexy as your man with a broom stick!

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  5. The frightening thing is, I've started to improvise with it, too. If the hole a screw is in has become too big for the screw and you have no raw plugs around, just wop a bit of taypee around the screw and Bob's your uncle. Great stuff and a great read.

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  6. Yes Linda I use it too now. My hairdryer is taypeed together and the transformer for my computer haha.

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  7. Ines you should get yourself here on holiday. Am sure you would be sorted out with a handsome palm tree climbing hunk in no time at all!

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  8. Wow your hubby's SO cute!

    Love the way he improvises. Your stories do make me laugh :)

    Carole

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  9. Thanks Carole. Yes he is cute but can do my head in haha. At least he gives me plenty of material for the blog!

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  11. This one was hilarious!!! I'm new to the blog by the way, and I've been reading your blogs in order since yesterday, love the way you write and your honesty! I am dominican, but I'm currently living in Puerto Rico, can't wait to move to my country again. I know life is not easy in my country, but it just feels like home whenever I'm there.

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    1. Welome - you still have a long way to go!

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