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Rose looked across the console room. "You've gone all quiet and tool-fondly again. What're you thinking about?"

The Doctor turned a spanner over in his hands. "There used to be this place called The Nut House where you could get just about anything. You know, I once found a set of Phisorgian sockets there and they shouldn't have been available for another three hundred years. It was an amazing place."

Rose blinked. "Nut house? Would that be edible nuts or an insane asylum?"

The Doctor looked horrified. "Fasteners. You know, imperial, metric, Whitworth."

"Ah," Rose nodded. "It's a loony bin."


dw100challenge #124: remember
dw100challenge #125: nuts


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31st Jul, 2006 11:07 (UTC)

*hugs your Rose*

At some point tomorrow at work, I shall think of this drabble at an inappropriate moment and chuckle inappropriately. Just so you know. *g*
31st Jul, 2006 11:40 (UTC)
Thank you!

The Nut House does exist. It was always a great source of amusement at work.
31st Jul, 2006 11:18 (UTC)
Years ago there was one particular comic strip I saw tacked up at the local hardware store. It had an alien - the usual "grey" type - asking the old hardware guy about a particular alien tool. "I'm looking for a left-handed Mxygorn staple shifter, the one in 3/16mm." The old guy thinks about it for a couple of panels, and then in the last panel the alien is telling his friends about it and showing off his tool, saying "I love these small-town hardware stores!"

(It's probably funnier than when I tell it. But the point is still the same - some stores gots it!)
31st Jul, 2006 11:43 (UTC)
I reckon you'd be surprised the stuff those guys horde. They're probably out there in the desert with their ham radios, trying to first on the scene of a downed UFO to scavenge tools and doohickeys off it.
31st Jul, 2006 16:29 (UTC)
He's oh-so-very tactile isn't he?

*Goes off to enjoy vision that conjures up*!

31st Jul, 2006 21:17 (UTC)
Tool-fondly is probably better than standing at the front of the lift and running your fingers over the rigidtex cladding and getting mistaken for being autistic.

I may need to carry more tools around with me. Then I could run them over the cladding instead. Yay!
31st Jul, 2006 17:25 (UTC)
Really good little hardware stores are just fascinating to explore -- you can find the strangest things in the back corners.

Also, I like the way the Doctor is fond of tools and Rose is so casually dismissive of the whole business. :-)
31st Jul, 2006 21:34 (UTC)
In Rose's defence, she doesn't have a clue what the Doctor is talking about and the closest she can get is an asylum.

The Nut House is a real place that specialises in fasteners and is especially good for those archaic doohickeys. When I worked in construction we used to lose tradesmen there all the time.
31st Jul, 2006 21:43 (UTC)
I'm picturing the Doctor shaking his head and walking off, now ...
31st Jul, 2006 21:52 (UTC)
I think you're probably right.
1st Aug, 2006 06:41 (UTC)
That was very amusing. I can just picture their facial expressions as they have this conversation.
1st Aug, 2006 07:13 (UTC)
Nostalgia and bafflement, I would expect.
1st Aug, 2006 09:50 (UTC)
Ahahaha! tool-fondly!! Best descriptor (i might have just made that word up) ever.
1st Aug, 2006 11:25 (UTC)
Tool-fondly is always good.
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