taking apart the toaster
a tale of aluminium origami
Our toaster was broken.
We got a replacement.
Then, this happened:
Want to take apart the old toaster bud?
Are we going to fix it Dad?
We’ll likely make it worse. Much worse son.
Well then, why would we do that?
Well, it’ll make a mess. We could get hurt.
We could. Do you want to see how a toaster comes apart?
Do you want to help me take apart this toaster?
Then let’s go into the basement and take apart the toaster.
Taking apart the toaster was fun. We cut ourselves on the metal. We bled. We continued. Some things needed the screwdriver to be turned the right way. Others had little twisted clips. Then there were those in need of ‘persuasion’. This persuasion came in the form of a crowbar. All of it is just a bunch of aluminium origami. All of the components folded together and were held in place with bent tabs in the metal.
It’s now a big pile of metal at my feet. Now I need to figure out what to do with it. In the old days, I’d put the lot of it in a box and the box in the tr…