Desiree: Hey, what happened to the lights?
Chris: I think you have a short or maybe a loose wire.
Desiree: My guests are going to arrive any minute. What am I going to do?
Chris: Don’t worry. In an emergency, I’m your man. Whatever the problem is, I can probably find a stopgap solution.
Desiree: Are you sure? I don’t want you to get electrocuted.
Chris: When I was growing up, we lived in the middle of nowhere and my parents had to make do. They improvised all the time, using what was on hand to make repairs.
Desiree: They both sound very handy.
Chris: They did what they had to do. Whatever the problem was, they were able to cobble together something, even if it was a little makeshift. I like to think I learned a thing or two from them.
Desiree: So do you think you can fix this?
Chris: Well, it’s not going to be done properly, but I’ll jury-rig something so the lights will work temporarily until you can get it repaired professionally.
Desiree: That’s great, but just in case, I think I’ll run to the store for some candles.