Balloon pumps are seasonal?
I went on a quest this morning to find a balloon pump. Never mind why I needed a balloon pump, I just did. I thought I had one (in fact I thought I had two) but a hunt through my garage produced nothing but an allergy attack, spiderwebs (they’re back!) and oh, yeah, some cool astronaut fabric I forgot I had. Having no luck in the gahrage (pronounced like Elton does in the song Levon), I hit the streets. I went to the Party Store, Toys ‘R Us, Michaels and JoAnns and each time I asked the clerks (most of them under the age of 20) I was pointed in the direction of a helium balloon kit and told they didn’t carry hand pumps! What a world, what a world! I don’t want helium balloons and my lung capacity isn’t what it used to be – altho’ really I was never able to blow up balloons – I would just hyper extend my cheeks and get that weird sensation in my cheeks and ears (I always imagined I look like Dizzy Gillespie when I tried to inflate balloons). The only over 20 store clerk that I talked to told me that sometimes they carry them in the spring? What the? I never thought of balloon pumps as seasonal but go figure and why in the spring? As I pondered all this on the drive back home, I had a MacGyver moment and realized that for my purposes I could use an empty spray bottle to inflate the balloons. I just need the balloons to be the size of Christmas ornaments (yes, if you must know that’s what I’m working on).
I got home and emptied out a water spray bottle, got the balloon on there and voila, I got what I wanted. Now, if this little experiment of mine works and I make more of these I’ll just go on line somewhere and get a balloon pump – or maybe go to Target and get a bicycle pump, or a matress pump, or get my neices and nephews to come over for a little bit and make them blow up balloons for me….