Extremely Average #34: Henry Wood Detective Agency: Wednesday

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 02-05-2010 07:08 AM 1235 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The day had been long. Henry’s flash of genius was looking more like a flash of imbecile. Henry had remembered that Francis was working on a story about a restaurant on 17th street. He was sure that the missing numbers were an address. A map, a list, and 12 hours driving around the 5 boroughs, had been less than promising. He was sure that there would be another clue, something that wouldn’t be obvious to most, but would jump out at him. Maybe he wasn’t as clever as he thought.

Doubt had crept into the equation. A couple of dozen stops and nothing, well he had found an address across from a great tool store. He popped in and there were a bunch of guys watching a demo of jigs and accessories for making woodworking easier. His favorite was a clever device which would aid in making wooden hinges. Henry knew that if he couldn’t stay too long, he noted the address so he could find it again, and continued on his way. With only one address remaining the possibility entered his mind that 11, 13, 17 and 19 may not have been the clue at all, maybe he should reconsider the original numbers.

His car rolled up outside 1113 17th, an apartment building in the warehouse district. There was a bit of a chill in the air. Henry walked up the steps and into the building. He glanced at the mail boxes. When his eyes landed on apartment 19, and he read the name, he almost stopped breathing, Tage Frid. Henry didn’t have time to ponder the implications of his DVD from the future and his current case; he just knew that coincidences like this were never coincidences. He stood for a moment outside apartment 19. He thought about the wonderful furniture created by this man. A deep breath and then he knocked. No sound. He knocked again and nothing, not even a peep, so Henry slowly turned the knob. It was locked.

Henry looked around, nobody in the hall, so he quickly picked the lock. He leaned his head into the apartment and was both disappointed and sure he was in the right spot. When he saw the name on the box, he figured that the real Tage Frid might be waiting to give him a message, or maybe Mr. Alexander was staying with him. What he found instead was an empty apartment. It wasn’t just empty; the vastness of the empty was stunning, and obviously the work of a meticulous man. Henry couldn’t find as much as a speck of dust. He looked in the cabinets and they were bare.

Pacing back and forth didn’t seem to help. It was getting dark and Henry was tired. What was the clue? What did the emptiness mean? He took out the drawers in the kitchen. He looked behind the ice box. He even checked in the vents. “Focus” he thought to himself. Henry walked to the window and looked out. Across the street was a warehouse. It did strike Henry as interesting that it was a furniture warehouse. Henry wondered what type of furniture they stored.

The street was empty. There were a few lights on in the warehouse, but it seemed as if most people had already left for the day. Henry tried the door, it was locked. He decided to look in the window. There was a lot of furniture. Bedroom sets, kitchen tables, chairs, and lamps for as far as the eye could see. Henry’s eye went to one piece. A cabinet, a Tage Frid cabinet, was sitting against the far wall. Henry decided he had done enough breaking and entering for the day. Sometimes it is easier to just wait until regular business hours, than to be super sneaky, plus he was hungry and tired.

He swung by John’s deli on the way home and picked up a couple of sandwiches. After dinner he decided to give his magnetic tool holder a bit of color. This was his first attempt at staining anything. He sanded a practice piece of oak and tried it. Since there weren’t any disasters he grabbed the tool holder and went at it. Henry didn’t have any idea about technique and simply lathered it on with the wooden paint stirrer. As soon as he had one side done, he wiped it off. It only took a few minutes to get the entire board covered. The gloves he wore were pretty messy and leaving marks, so he changed them for a new pair, and wiped every inch one more time, and then set it down to dry. It looked better than he had hoped for. He preferred to take black and white shots, but he had a roll of Ektachrome and decided it to go with color today. Tomorrow he would revisit the furniture store and try to figure out where to hang his new tool rack.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 07:40 AM

Sorry it was so late tonight. I try to shoot for between 8-10 central time, but alas, I went to a woodworking club meeting in CR. It was fun. I learned a few things. :-)

-- Brian Meeks,

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 08:33 AM

Hmmm … seems somewhere I read that you need to be careful what kind of tools you hang on a magnetic rack, as in nothing that you might subsequently need to sharpen. Let me get my hippo to rummage around the campus to see if he can find the reference.

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 08:40 AM

Kacy…I would appreciate that. Did you see…we have 3 people in our Twibe now!

I still love my rack. If I have to, I will use it in the kitchen. I am going to hang something from it!

-- Brian Meeks,

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 08:41 AM

I was thinking that the warning was about chisels, but I will try to find it.

Update: Can’t find a thing … must be urban legend.

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 08:46 AM

ZZZZzzzzzzzzz…... Uh oh ummm yeah. That’s what it was, I was waiting for Henry and fell asleep on the dovetail channel. Good show too. No matter, I can sleep another 12 hours in the morning. Henry’s having good results from the closet. The Tage Frid thing is kind of worrisome though because even though the current concensus is that you can mess up the space time continuum if you’re not careful, did you know that the concensus used to be that you couldn’t? Yep, I’ve been DVRing the old Twilight Zone series and it seems that the concensus back in the sixties was that no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t save the people in Hiroshima or the people on the RMS Lusitania. Because you can’t change the past. That would mean Henry’s future is written in stone and no matter how good his work is, everything is destined to be considered a clever forgery because of the stain that doesn’t fit the time period. Or, too many possibilities to consider if Henry can change the future. I hope you see what you’re doing to me Brian. If you don’t answer all these questions before Henry solves the crime (My assumption there because how do we know he’ll do what detectives are supposed to do? Nothing else in this funny world is as it should be…), I’ll be a basket case.

Sorry for rambling, good job again Brian.


-- Jim

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 08:51 AM

I have not worried too much about the space time continuum. If you remember in “My Life as a Ninja” I placed a Bosch circular saw in 637 AD, and we all know that Bosch didn’t start selling their power tools in Japan until 642 AD.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 12:14 PM

I would like to point out that as far as we know, no crime has been committed. That is about as smart as I get. The rest is a total mystery to me. I do like the concept of time travel though, especially if one can take modern tools back in time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 01:28 PM

a mighty fine job on the magnets and staining
and I’m enjoying the book.. one chapter at a time..
I’ve never read a book this slowly in my entire life! lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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David Craig

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#9 posted 02-05-2010 01:57 PM

Very true Brian, the Bosch was invented in 642. Then everyone started to question the inventor about that tail thing sticking out of it. And then, when the inventor explained that it was for plugging into a socket that receives electricity from a power plant, they buried the inventor and the Bosch in a big pit only to be excavated centuries later. Of course the ideal could be safely stolen as the patent had long expired and the scroll it was originally written out on illegible.

Great job on the tool holder. Looks very nice and you finally have a use for that impulse purchase you made awhile back :) It should look good in the kitchen. Now you have wood and magnetic charm. A more lethal combination than any I heard of.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 02-05-2010 03:12 PM

The stained magnetic holder appears to be sitting on cookies.
You have never mentioned cookies.
I somehow think this is a clue.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 02-05-2010 07:26 PM

Could it be that we are starting to see a scattering of red hearing ?

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 08:51 PM

I would never use a red herring, though a blue trout, an aqua Abacore, a purple pike, or a black beluga sturgeon are all possible.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 10:02 PM

Tage Frid , Herrings +extra´s on rye-bread and Danish Snaps on the well nown coldtable of Danishsanwiches
I think there is coming some Skandinavisk clues around the corner


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