Friday, December 26, 2008

Can't wrap this!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?
Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.

So. Some years I put out outside Christmas lights. Some I don't. Depends on whether I get the necessary combination of weather and time to do it.

This year, I thought I'd be environmentally responsible and buy LED lights. Found lovely red, green and white ones. So far, so good.

I only put lights on the front stair railings because I don't do ladders at the best of times and I sure don't do them when there's snow on the ground.

I have a whole routine worked out for rigging up the lights involving taping up the open ends of the string with plastic so no water gets in and wrapping the connection between the lights and the extension cords. It takes about half an hour of prep work before I even step outside. I like to minimize my time spent in -10 C environments. Plus the electrical tape works better at room temperature.

It takes 3 strings of lights and two extention cords to decorate the stairs. I had the first two sets out of the packaging and all safely taped up to the extention cords. Things were going fine until I took the third new set of lights out of the package. As I straightened them out I heard, "SNAP!" and then I was being stared in the face by bare copper wire where the wire had pulled out of the base of a light socket. (Which I didn't take a picture of, which is very unusual for me, you have to admit.) The lights have been returned to the store for a full refund, no arguments; just nice, friendly, efficient refund. But I have one question.

Why couldn't I have opened the faulty package of lights first?


Friday, December 19, 2008

Backing walkwards

Heh. Saw something while driving tonight that made me laugh. If you were driving down the street and you saw someone walking backwards down the sidewalk, would you think he'd lost his mind? Or would you understand what was going on?

Thursday, December 18, 2008


And a hi-dee-ho to all the visitors who've wandered over from Scaryduck.

So, this is it.
Yeah. Me, neither.
No, not as funny as the Duck. But funnier than Rik, think. But not Welsh, so there's that.
But I'll be back in a week or so. In the meantime, help yourself to the archives.
Last one out, turn out the lights.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Something to think about

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Dog v. Cheese