Weeknotes 24 - Taps aff
- Recently I made a joke about my new tax code letter being full of gibberish. I ignored the letter. Two weeks later, I found out about a mistake that caused me a hell of a lot of inconvenience and faff. The letter offered a clue and an advance warning. Not so funny now, huh.
- A few weeks ago my partner warned me that the tap in the bathroom might break soon. I promptly ignored it.
- On Saturday the bathroom tap broke. There was no way to close the tap. The “universal” replacement part obtained at B&Q turned out not to be universal enough.
- The right replacement valve will arrive by post in a couple of days. The tap is temporarily “fixed” with Sugru.
- “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects” — wrote Robert A. Heinlein. He did forget to mention fixing taps.
- And that’s why these weeknotes are nearly late.
- This story is a balm for the soul. It will rejuvenate you and put the love of life back into your old bones. It will make you forget that there is only a thin layer of Sugru standing between you and a flooded bathroom.