Project: how to make a reasonably price microphone boom pole, and at the same time a microphone handle or grip.
Booms are rather expensive, and it is difficult to justify that cost for just occational use. However, a paint roll extender is much cheaper and used paint rollers to fit the extender are easy to come by. If you don't have one - just ask your neighbours - they probably have at least one.
The whole thing takes about an hour to make, including time for the epoxy to set and the paint to dry - that is if you have everything ready!