They used to give them away, and they always smelled like old
Some people used them like adult
Steppers when things got a little crazy around New
Years Eve. Around 3 AM, I'm thinking.
Somewhere, somehow, some old geezer (and I am
probably called an old geezer, nowadays), thought it
might be a neat idea to take one of those and use it as
a seat when ice fishing. And why not? It was just about
the perfect height, it held all your ice fishing
equipment, it held up under the cold weather, and it
smelled like old pickles!
So some smart guy, likely the guy who was the second
best salesman of ice to Eskimos, decided he would take
those old 5 gallon buckets that were left secretly at
the curb every night for the trash man by wives (who
hated pickles) and try to sell them as "deluxe ice
Now, I'm not sure how big his market was, but
apparently it was big enough that Pringles held a secret
meeting with some farmers who were covertly involved
with the company that was the precursor to Monsanto and they had hoped for
some monster sized potatoes.
When that meeting didn't
really go as planned, well...there was only one idea that really came
out of the meeting that survived to this day:
The SIX Gallon Bucket
Yes, there were a few bruised egos, but now that
Monsanto had their OWN 'new idea'...well, they ran in a
different direction: Genetically modified monster-sized
cucumbers. Go figure.
Still, there were some at that meeting that stayed
behind and believed in the NEW 6 gallon bucket.
Somehow, and this is just legend, they got ahold of
Although he was part Cherokee, he went by the name of
"Dancing With Very Cold Wolves", so they called him
"Dave" for short.
"Dave" was quite gracious they considered him because
really tired of the pickle smell and the consequences of
Anyway, they granted him rights to
sell the new 6 gallon bucket. Well, you know the rest of
the story...the 6 gallon buckets are everywhere
now...and around $5 bucks a pop. Even Wal-Mart sells
them. They don't even smell like pickles.
Now That You Know The History...
Well, that's the history of the 5 gallon bucket
turned to the 6 gallon bucket. "Dave" retired, of all
places, in the Bahamas, and who wouldn't?
He owns an ice delivery service there that delivers
ice ...in...guess what? 6 gallon buckets!
I think Corona tried to work out a deal with him,
but things went south. Something about how "Dave" hated
limes and how we was sure they were responsible for
global warming and the breakup of the Beatles. He says,
""Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney is proof enough.
Listen to it while you are in a sauna. It's all there!
And Yoko Ono had her hand in this, I'm certain of this.
She adored limes and Paul hated them. The lime scented
spray in the studio was too much for Paul." (Again, this is mostly a legend.)
So, you got your 5 or 6 gallon bucket to sit on...now
Well, is it comfortable? Doubtful. You need a cushion
of some sort. But here is where the cleverness creeps
While the cushion is nice, do you REALLY need to
unload everything and turn the bucket upside down? What
if...what if you could hang some sort of a belt
around the outside of the bucket, and have some sort of
a cushion without having to unload everything? And what
if the cushion could also hold stuff?
You see what I did there?
You have that mental image! Me too...about 10 years
too late though.
See what I mean? (You need to click this link to see
what I mean)
I mean...c'mon...look at that!
Nearly $90.00 for a six gallon bucket and some
accessories? Well, if you have the cash, why not?
I don't recommend using old cat litter buckets,
because every fish knows that cats eat
fish. You can't even catch catfish using an old cat
litter bucket. Just avoid them.
I know what you are thinking, and I'll put that idea
to rest, because you are wrong. An old 6 gallon bucket
that used to hold fresh Sushi DOES sound like a good
idea, doesn't it? Well...here is the problem...they
don't MAKE 6 gallon buckets of 'fresh' sushi. It kind of
defeats the purpose.
I use my six gallon bucket in the summer to hold my
garden tools around the outside of it and it is just
sweet. You can put fresh veggies in it...and it smells
like...you guessed it:
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