A while back I wrote "Housework is Dangerous" for my Blog "Under My Fingertips" over on Deaf Insight.
I still think housework is dangerous! Late last night one of the dogs got into the bathroom trash and shredded tissue waste all over our bedroom floor (a favorite pastime of theirs). I just swept up the majority of it and waited until today to vacuum. So, I lugged out the Tri-Star again (yes it still works!) and started vacuuming.
Soon I noticed the same "pile" was not getting picked up. "Great, the vacuum's broken" First I check the basket to see if it wasn't full, it wasn't. Then I sat down on the floor and took a look at the rotating head. Yep, it needs a "haircut", I pull out all the hair and string and whatnot. It's still not working, sit down again and feel around inside the head, dammit it's plugged up. I remembered Randy had just bought a package of skewers, so off I go to the kitchen. Well...they were RIGHT here!! After a 5 minute fruitless hunt, I send off a quick text to Randy. "In the Garage" he replies, so off I go, found 'em! I get a wooden skewer out and sit down on the floor again with the "enemy". After a sparring battle I manage to wrestle some debris loose enough to "reach" so I mindlessly put the skewer between my teeth to hold. I quickly remembered that it was just recently deep in the bowels of dirt. *Hack! Hack! Spit* After ten minutes of wrestling, the vacuum is now clear and working! I'm glad I only have one carpeted room to deal with (the kids do their own).
Seriously, companies should hire me in their Product Testing department. I'd find EVERY fault with their products!
"R & D Department - Please use thicker gauge rubber coating on all vacuum cords from now on. The Deafblind tester ran over the cord and stripped it down to the wiring"
"Swiffer Wet Jet Instructions - Do not use Jet Spray near cats to avoid any injuries to user"
"iRobot Instructions - Do not use in rooms that are pet "accident" areas. The robot will pick these up and smear it all around it's perimeter"
Yeah, I've avoided any major catastrophes and the house is clean.....for now....
One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon