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06:31 pm - On Folly, Post #28
While I often mumble in manner morose about my capacity, in my secret heart I think I'm not wholly incompetent, not really. I have driven by myself across wide swathes of this country; I have lived alone and managed fairly nicely for some years; I have even installed a new float valve in a toilet tank, although that was hellish and will never be attempted again.

Today, however, my faith in my competence was... dented, shall we say.

For many months I have had a flat-screen television residing in its box in Master Danger's room (the spare room). I had bought it without doing much due diligence, brought it home, and then realized that it required a grounded (3-prong) outlet. My house is older than such magical electrical outlets, and other than in a couple of select places in the kitchen and in the 'new' (late 1960s) addition, I am not grounded at all. Pls make any jokes that occur to you on the topic.

Faced with this conundrum, I avoided it. I used my ancient 50-pound monster of a television, I thought about electricians, I listened to my male friends telling me to get a bloody adapter and get on with it. (They said it more nicely than that, but I inferred their impatience.)

This week, finally, I decided to Make The Change. I acquired the adapter (thanks, Amazon!), I got a new surge-protector power strip suitable for grounded plugs, and today I went out in the steamy heat and exchanged the old cable box for one suitable for an HDMI telly. I came home and set to work.

Master Danger was soon discomfited by the moving of stuff (he dislikes change, does the young Master) and retreated to his behind-the-desk den. Unimpeded by Corgi, then, I wrestled the 50-pound television out the door and into my car to take to the county electronic-recycling dropoff. I fetched new TV, new cable box, and various cables and wires. And then I addressed myself to the outlet, adapter in hand.

This outlet was, somehow some way God knows, ALREADY GROUNDED. I had never thought to inspect it in all those months, but the previous owners must have fixed it when they did the other wiring.

'Folly' is my middle name.

(The new TV works just fine, and indeed, during a welcome afternoon thunderstorm, I inaugurated my TV with a high-def On Demand (re)viewing of the third episode of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The old TV has been dropped off at the recycling place. I remain abashed and foolish.)

May you have no such misadventures as you head toward the weekend!

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From:mobile_alh
Date:July 2nd, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC)
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No, no, no, the way to think of this is "over-prepared." "Cautious." "Careful."

And now you can happily return the adapter to Amazon while enjoying your new, energy efficient entertainment. Huzzah!

(And grump. Our satellite service doesn't seem to offer BBC on-demand, not that our rustic internet connection would have reasonable bandwidth anyway.)

Our weekend will be spent packing the 26 (28?)' truck for the horrors of Comic-con, but at least we'll get to spend the week with one of my dearest friends would not only lets us treat their house like a hotel but makes sure we have dinner waiting for us every night. Nothng better than old friends....
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2015 12:13 pm (UTC)
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I'd only be allowed to call myself 'cautious' if I'd actually checked the outlet first! ;)

Boo for satellite service not giving you BBC America On Demand, and sadness for weak internet connections.

Hugs and cool drinks for your packing of the truck, and YAY for getting to visit with friends during Comic-Con. If you happen to see Peter Capaldi during the con, give him my love. :)

Hugs twice!
From:gwynnega
Date:July 2nd, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
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All I have to say is: yay, you have a new TV!

(I still have a twenty-year-old TV, which someday I will get around to replacing.)

Yay, new TV!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
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My old TV was 20 years old, too. There's something so freeing in not having that behemoth taking up one corner of the room, though....

Hugs and cool breezes!
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From:kathyh
Date:July 3rd, 2015 09:46 am (UTC)
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If it makes you feel any better when we bought our old monster TV (recently replaced with a beauteous flat screen one) we forgot to check whether it would actually fit through our front door! It weighed a ton and we had to maneouvre it out of its box, in the rain, then somehow or other contort it round the door. At one point we nearly considered taking the door off but fortunately without the box it wasn't quite so big. Despite a bad start it served us well and faultlessly for many years before we succumbed to the lure of flat screen.

Enjoy the flat screen and I hope Master Danger approves :)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2015 12:20 pm (UTC)
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Yes! My old CRT television also had to be taken out of its box to get it inside!

But yay for your beauteous flat screen and yay for you, K. Try to stay cool! [hugs]
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From:freixenet
Date:July 3rd, 2015 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Take heart, because once upon a time my OCD engineer husband raided Lowe's to the tune of $85 to take on a similar kind of project, only to discover that had he taken off the outlet plate, he would have realized he needed only a screwdriver that he already had. So. Not folly. Not folly at all.

Poor Master Danger, who no doubt did not consider Jonathan Strange adequate recompense.

And GO YOU.

hugs on this hot and fiery weekend!

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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
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It does make me feel better that even D can make such a mistake. :) Thank you for sharing it.

Let's hope for more rain this weekend -- yesterday was lovely!

Hugs and a happy Fourth, F.
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From:janus_74
Date:July 3rd, 2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Yay! for the new TV, and Oops for not checking the outlet first (I wouldn't have done it either). Have a good Fourth of July!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Ah well, it's good to be humbled now and then. That's what I'm telling myself. ;)

Cheers and cool breezes on this Friday!
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From:stateless82
Date:July 3rd, 2015 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I have distinct memories of someone (who shall not be named) dealing with the grounded plug, ungrounded outlet problem by breaking the third prong off the plug.

Electricity being electricity, no need to get all new-fangled fancy about it, you know.

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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Heeee. That's not the best idea, I have to say.... :)

Cheers and hugs to you today, my friend!
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From:heron_pose
Date:July 3rd, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
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But so accomplished! Give yourself a break -- you did a thing! (and yes, unpredictably grounded/ungrounded rooms are a Thing, and hell on the self-esteem.)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
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I did do a thing, and after only fifteen months of inaction -- so there's that. :)

Hugs hugs!
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From:ljrags
Date:July 5th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
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You got stuff DONE and were prepared for anything. I think a tip o' the hat and a nice glass of lemonade is in order. {G}
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From:laurawise
Date:July 5th, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for kind words, which I will hold close to my heart. :)

Cheers and hugs to you today!
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From:roguedemon
Date:July 7th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
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As someone who lives with a tech genius who insists on figuring all these things out himself, I am impressed. You tackled an unfamiliar problem and you solved it. When you live with someone, it's always tempting to just let them take on those chores, especially when you have enough on your plate already...so I say bravo to you, my independent friend. You are a role model. ;)

I also had a small triumph last week while G was gone on a long trek in the Andes. When the smoke alarm started screeching at 3AM I figured out how to dismantle the thing. When the batteries run out on those things they make a huge racket, it's horrible. And I even got on the ladder and looked at it closely instead of just banging it with a hammer in a futile attempt to destroy it. So IOW, go me! :D But you are the truly competent one here. (((Hugs)))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 8th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
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YAY for figuring out the smoke alarm! God those things are pernicious.

(And I hope G enjoyed his trek and I hope you enjoyed your you-time. :))

Hugs hugs!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:July 16th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Go you!

Today I tackled the awkward catch on the door between the Front Room and the Hall, which was far less of an arduous task.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 17th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Door latches, etc, are tricksy. Go you for dealing with yours!

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