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January 18th, 2014


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04:54 pm - The Terrors of Technology, Update
Thank you all for your kind comments about my proposed new acquisition of a lovely LED flatscreen television. As usual with my house, it didn't quite work out.

Oh, I purchased the new TV, and brought it home. But -- and I had had a presentiment about this in the store -- it requires a grounded (3-prong) outlet, and my 60-year-old house laughs in the face of such modernity. The house DOES have such outlets, but nowhere near the only place the television can go.

Well, I tell myself, I need to call an electrician anyway for the replacement of a porch light. Might as well go all in and see what s/he can do for me so that I can indeed use my new TV.

Meanwhile, I spent an hour assembling a new chrome "towel tower" for my back bathroom (which came out well, hurrah, and I only had to backtrack steps twice. Okay, three times.). Master Danger, unimpressed, took his nylabone to a patch of sunlight in the study and chewed and napped whilst I assembled. Afterward, we walked around the park.

We take our Saturday pleasures where we can. :)

Also, an off-topic request: thanks to those of you who've bought Traveller and Wish-Queen! You are an elite group indeed. If you find any pleasure in the book and belong to Goodreads, it would be lovely if you would review it. I can promise you that I will not read any reviews, there or on Amazon, so you are free to opine as you wish without worrying about my feelings. :)

May you enjoy the rest of your day and find new and unexpected pleasures!

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From:rahirah
Date:January 18th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
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If one is so inclined, and knows how to turn off the electricity, replacing the old socket with a spiffy new three-prong one is exceedingly simple and gives one a pleasing glow of DIY superiority. :D
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
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You are far handier than I am. I would TOTALLY blow up my house, even with electricity turned off. ;)
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 18th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh technology!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
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Woe, woe, woe! :)

Hugs and a great evening, Gwynne!
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From:wildrider
Date:January 18th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Well... we replaced all the mid-60's house's two-prong outlets with three-prong grounded outlets that cost about $3 each from Home Depot. Takes turning off the electricity, a screwdriver, and about ten minutes per outlet.

It's really easy-peasy, honest.

Hope when all is settled, the new TV is awesome!

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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
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Your lovely wife has suggested this too. :) I am really bad with this kind of stuff, alas alas.

Happy Saturday!
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 19th, 2014 12:50 am (UTC)
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But that assumes you can connect to a grounding wire, right?
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From:wildrider
Date:January 19th, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
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Most of them have a grounding wire inside the box (wrapped around a ; we had a few that were shorter than others, but with some diligent pulling into place, were able to connect it. (Okay, a pliers, too.)

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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
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This is why I need to make sure to have an electrician look at it. :)

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From:mamculuna
Date:January 19th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
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As you wish, O queen!

Also, I must confess that my TV is plugged into a power strip, but that is plugged into a 2 to 3 hole converter. The room that's our TV room was once a porch, and has a solid cement floor several inches thick. No electrician yet has come up with a plan for getting it wired with good grounded three hole plugs, short of running a covered wire on the outside of the wall from a couple of rooms away. I'm willing to risk the demise of the TV rather than do that.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
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Yes, I might well have the same problem with my house. I'll let the sparks tell me my doom. :)

Your livejournal review was extremely kind and more than what was necessary. I'm grateful!

Happy Sunday!
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From:stateless82
Date:January 19th, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
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My ignorance of home repair is vast- so I have to ask, why can't one of those little adapter plugs be used? Are they risky?
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
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Apparently the adapter plugs can be problematic. I'll let the electrician tell me how risky they might be....

Sigh.

Hugs, S, and happy Sunday!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 19th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure I've ever seen a 2 prong outlet :) Well done on the towel tower. That reminds me I want a heated towel rack, for no good reason than to have one.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
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Hee, I live in a backwards land. :)

Heated towel racks are awesome, btw. I hope you get one.

Cheers and happy Sunday!
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From:paratti
Date:January 19th, 2014 09:51 am (UTC)
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I hope you get to watch your new telly soon.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Maybe this week. Monday is a holiday, so I can't even call until Tuesday, but still. [crosses fingers]

Hugs hugs! Happy Sunday!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
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You have already done your part in making the Goodreads entry, L! I am really grateful for it. :)

Hugs and a great Sunday!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 19th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
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In the short term, can you perhaps use a power strip converter? I mean...tonight! Sherlock! flails sympathetically...

I think I was able to use those with success in both my old houses (Built in 1929 and 1941 respectively).
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
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I'll be able to watch Sherlock and tomorrow night's Sleepy Hollow on the old set well enough. I think I'll just let an electrician work their magic -- and if nothing can be done, then power strip it is. :)

Hugs! Happy day!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:January 19th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
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My house has the correct sockets but not nearly enough of them. Hence every room not the kitchen or bathroom is awash with extension leads and power bars.

Good luck getting your electrical problem solved.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 19th, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I also am deficient in the number of outlets. :) But we will live in hope that I can get this sorted.

Cheers, Stevie!

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