Praving Through Bailing Wire

Praving Through Bailing Wire

Bailing wire. It is the panacea of any farmer as well as any good Croat. I know this because I grew up on a small farm in the US and my father was Croatian. There was no end to what could be repaired using this stiff wire. Mending a fence was merely a jumping off point to bigger and better things to stitch back together. I think 30% of any carburetor in our family cars was comprised of bailing wire. The safety catch on the power saw, which stopped functioning, was held out of the way with a good length of bailing wire. And then, at some point, the chimney pipe started to wobble and leak smoke. My god, but bailing wire was a wonderful way to yank that damned pipe back in to order.

People will often ask me why I come back to Croatia again and again. Firstly, it’s a beautiful country, but secondly, I feel very at home here as shown in the example below, taken in the old city of Dubrovnik, where a chimney pipe has been tacked together with the almighty bailing wire. Long live Slavic praving.

One Reply to “Praving Through Bailing Wire”

  1. A first piece of advice your Croat father or grandfather will give you after you get a used car is to keep a roll of bailing wire in the trunk. “Kako ces da prikacis auspuh kada Ti odpadne”? Translation: What the heck are you going to use to attach your exhaust pipe when it breaks off? I guess those Yugos, Ficos and Stojadins were not that reliable…

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