do you ever wonder why you do something? i was just outside using the broom to push the remaining snow off my truck before it freezes into a rock solid mass…. when i was finished i brought the broom in the house and put it in the corner by the back door. you may not think this is very note worthy, but i don’t keep my broom in the corner by the back door, i keep it in the pantry by the bird seed, the dog food and the potting soil. when i was a kid [which was a LONG ass time ago] we did keep the broom in the corner by the back door. putting it there just now seemed like the most normal thing in the world to do…. i wouldn’t even have thought about it except it looks weird sitting there.
on another subject, why does every home improvement / repair have to be such a pain in the ass?? now, maybe if you have a brand new house this is not a problem for you, but i will never have a brand new house and i have to try to keep the one i do have in good repair. the light switch in my hall spit fire at me a couple of weeks ago so i made sure it was “off” and taped it in that position until i could get time to fix it [this really means: until the sun was out so i could see what i was doing since i would have to turn the power off to work on it….] today was a beautiful [but cold] sunny day, so i decide i am going to fix the light switch. actually, i planned on doing it this weekend anyway and did have it on my ‘to do’ list… see
it’s right there #1 with little stars around it ~ so far it’s the only thing on that list i have finished. i don’t want to strain something this early in the year.
so, back to why this was such a pain in the ass. this house was built in 1953 and i don’t know if these are the original light switches or not, but they seem to be failing at a surprising rate… i am trying to replace them prior to them spitting fire at me, but did not get to this one prior to that phenomenon [i don’t think my house is possessed or anything, just old and wearing out, kind of like me some days]. so i turn the power off and check twice to make sure it is really really off, then i get my glasses, then i take the cover off the switch, so far so good, THEN i try to take the screws out of the actual switch, the ones that hold it into the box in the wall. well there is approximately 55-56 years worth of paint on these screws and i can only get the top one to come out…. [this is where this project turns into a pain in the ass] i try every screwdriver i have, i hammer on the sucker, i spray the damned thing with WD40 and walk away [give it time to work, leave it alone!] i decide i will take a shower and then try to finish when i’m a little more relaxed, but i just can’t leave anything alone, i just have to piss with it! sooooo, i pissed with it enough to get the damned screw out, took the old switch out, put the new one in and now the light works again…. 10 minute job took an hour! pain in the ass.
oh! did the UTES cream ‘bama or what! Take that BCS!!!
i have made a commitment that is even crazier that nablopomo ! i joined a group and we are going to take a photo every day in 2009 at 7:21 pm and post it on a group site on flickr. i will post a link to this site later after we have something compiled to look at…. [i have set the alarm on my phone to ring every day at 7:19 pm so i don’t space it out] i am nothing if not OCD about stuff like this. that gives me 2 minutes to find something to capture. until it gets light [and warm] around here the photos will be of interesting items crap in my house!
well, i’m going to get some snacks [fritos and bean dip] and beverages [dark mexican beer] together and get ready to watch the chargers game… [i am already decked out in my charger gear!]
i just realized i will be in South Carolina WORKING during the super bowl! damn!
edit ~ i forgot this part, i was vacuuming when i could smell the belt burning, i looked and the beater bar was not moving so i had to stop and take the vacuum apart and remove a piece of cardboard…. THEN i put it back together and the belt came off so it still wouldn’t work, and THEN i put it back together and pinched the belt in the cover [my bad] and so it still wouldn’t work, THEN i had to pull about 75 yards of dog hair [one strand at a time] out of the groove where the belt rides…. then it worked and i finished vacuuming! [10 min job took 1/2 hour] pain in the ass!