26
Jan 12

refrigerators can burn out circuit breakers

My husband informed me this morning when he got up that our refrigerator died. That really sucks. When I get up later, I go to the fridge and am happy the contents are still cold. It only very recently died and since we don't use heat in the home, there is not a lot of exterior heat to try to convince the fridge to get warm. Our place is pretty much the same temp as it is outside which is about 60 deg lately.

I go to warm breakfast in the toaster oven. Um, the toaster oven is also dead. Something is going on here and it seems to be beyond the scope of the fridge. I call our electrician, Louis. If you know me personally and live near us, call me and I'll tell you who I use. He is amazing.

Louis suggests I plug-in the fridge to another outlet to see if perhaps the outlet is bad. I put the fridge on a power strip and plug it into another outlet. The fridge kicks back on. What a relief! Feeling ambitious, I plug-in the toaster and turn it on to warm breakfast. (remember what this blog site is about, yes?) Not only does the fridge die again by shutting off the breaker to that outlet, but it fries the power strip.

So I get out the orange style of extension cords, the kind for heavy-duty equipment, and plug-in to yet another outlet. This one is across the kitchen. Since only one thing can plug into it, I only plug in the refrigerator this time. Nothing sizzles. That breaker does not blow.

I call Louis again and give him the update. He says he can come out this afternoon and indeed he does. After some more experimentation, he determines that we fried the circuit breaker. Given that our home is 20 - 30 years old, I suppose that is to be expected.Louis replaces the circuit breaker and plugs the fridge back in. He warns me that it is highly likely the fridge will not make it through the night. We are hoping that it does so that we can buy a new refrigerator tomorrow.

I think our 13+ year old fridge has met its demise. I only know it is at least 13 years old because that is how long I've used it. I've lived here for 13 years.

The toaster oven is still not plugged in anywhere. I also ate cold pizza tonight because I'm afraid to use any electric in the kitchen. We don't need any more breakers to blow.

26
Jan 12

Prius keys have batteries

I thought the way to keep a Prius key active is by sticking it in the "key" slot on the dashboard. After I went to the dealership and asked them if they have a super-charger I can use, they very calmly and respectfully told me that Prius keys have batteries. I want to thank my local Toyota people for not laughing hysterically in my face. Given my naivite, it would not surprise me if they chuckled quite a bit after I left.

10
Jan 12

You need to be able to drive to sell Avon

OK, so I have not worn make-up for like the last 15 years, but I remember my childhood Avon experiences and they were great. Avon has been marketing that they are hiring quite a bit the last couple weeks. Since I feel like I've lost my career, I am continuously searching the job postings to see if there is one I might fit into. Selling Avon from home seemed possible. Unfortunately I live someplace where there is no solicitation allowed, but I thought I might find a creative way of "accidentally" leaving brochures around. Or perhaps I could use this blog or my other websites to promote my "business". I thought I'd be a go between for people who wanted to try Avon products.

I think the work from home part is that I was oblivious to. It means you have an office at home that includes a place to handle inventory because I am the person who leaves my home to deliver what others have bought. Well, if I could be the sales person for the three condo complexes where I live, that would be great! I don't know how to break into a no-soliciting environment, though. Sure if we were social here and knew each other it would be easy. Then again, I was on the Board of Directors for 9 years and there are still people who have lived here longer than I have who I have never met. I tried to set up a disaster prep program here- alas, another post I'll have to do when I am in a ranting stage.

So for those of you who want to sell Avon, you should definitely check it out. I anticipate that the pay would be excellent. Keep in mind, though, that they don't use postal services to deliver the merchandise. The salesperson delivers the goods in person. You don't have to be able-bodied- if you can get from your home to their location you're fine. The getting to another location is my barrier. If I could deliver via public transit, I'd be good. If you are reading my blog wondering if you should hire me because I can't always know when I'll be able to drive, if I can get to you on public transit then I can get to you. The rules of where I live don't stop me from getting to prospective employers, they just inhibit me from approaching my neighbors to ask them if they want to buy some really nifty body products from me.

10
Jan 12

jackhammering

I wish I was oblivious to the jackhammering they are doing at the moment right outside of my unit. I live on a street that is currently being reconstructed to handle bike riders and traffic.  A couple of weeks ago they put in beautifully handicap ramps at all the corners. I used them just two days ago to walk up to the local Trader Joe's. I do not know why they are now redoing them. I bet some able-bodied person complained they are too easy for those of us with disabilities to use. We'll be able to actually leave our homes and mingle with those whose bodies work the way nature intended. Yeah, I bet it is a conspiracy against those of us who benefit from ramps and low inclines. They saw that I was finally able to get out of the house and could get to the local strip mall. I probably made them wait at the corners when I properly used the crosswalks. They could not make their left or right turn into the crosswalk because I was there. So if they block me from being able to get to the crosswalk, I suppose I'll just stay at home and watch life from the window. Hmm...watching jack hammering.  I'd rather watch it than hear it. My at home job starts in less than a couple of hours and requires me to hear my students. Well, if I could relocate to avoid the jackhammering, I would, but that would require a couple of things... a good Internet connection, which I don't have because I bought a mifi with Virgin and they revoked my access earlier than I expected them to- that rant will have to be saved for another time. Even if my mifi was working, it would not be strong enough to handle the bandwidth required for my job. To relocate I'd also have to be able to get someplace else. I'm not driving today because I need to have more herbs and sleep to be up for a drive. I'm driving tomorrow and Thursday so I'm going to reserve my driving karma for then. I could walk someplace else, but wait! No I can't!  duh.... they're chopping up the handicap accessible ramps at the corners so I'd have to walk in the street like the people with baby strollers are doing at the moment. OH! Maybe the able-bodied are not anti-disability at all, they are anti-baby stroller. Yes, that must be it. They don't want the caretakers of tiny humans to be let out because they don't want to deal with all that comes along with those small beings like crying, screaming, slow walking, or stinky odors, not to mention the all too cute cooing, smiles, babbling, and nifty toys and pretty clothes.

7
Jan 12

Hoodwinked by Domain.com

I have about a half a dozen domain names up for renewal so I went hunting for an affordable place to let them sit until I turn them into websites, blogs, or other online entity. I did not realize I had to remove private registration before initiating a transfer so I get the authorization code, and of course unlocked the domains, and gave the info to Domain.com along with the appropriate money to register the domain for several years. Since the registrations were still "private" they did not go through at first. Well, I released them from being private, but domain.com needs to re-initiate the transfer. I tried to email domain.com to tell them this, but you can't email them directly from their website. They only give a non-toll-free phone number that apparently is not accessed on weekends. Since it is Saturday, I will have to wait a couple more days to see if my domains magically transfer before they expire at my other hosting company. I'll come back to let you know how this transpires. Perhaps the power of the web will help me with this transaction.

2
Jan 12

My confessions are starting

After I finish personalizing the look of the WordPress software I will start my rants. FYI, I'm creating this website so I can have a place to share my perspectives on how oblivious to the obvious I am. If you ask my former students, they'd tell you I have always been oblivious. Now that I am a student again, just how oblivious is becoming more apparent to me.