Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Carol is experiencing withdrawal

The camera has been sent back to California for either an adjustment or possible major surgery. As you all know, I blamed the infamous (unmentionable “C” word) that usually causes problems and failures in seemingly unrelated machines, appliances, plumbing fixtures, structures and vehicles.

They (the problems and failures) usually occur in one or more series of at least three, one right after the other. Sometimes there are simultaneous occurrences and incidents. Almost always they are expensive and lifestyle-altering, at least in the short run.

I’ve learned over the years that keeping quiet about this “phenomenon” sometimes (not always) has an ameliorative effect. The “C” will tend to leave us alone with only sporadic attacks if we don’t bring attention to it.

If it feels we are spreading word of its power and ubiquitous nature, it will sometimes unleash an attack of epic proportions.

So, with some trepidation I wonder, Viki, how’s the kitchen coming along? And Peter, to answer your question, yes; a simple mention in the comments section is often enough to cause horrible results. And don’t think that you can escape its notice Down Under in Queensland, either. My good friend Michelle in South Africa can attest to the world-wide reach of this scourge.

In fact, if all of you choose to boycott this blog for the next few weeks, I’ll understand. Even my daughter Christina is concerned, having been a victim herself in the recent past. And poor RobotJam is so upset his comment doesn't even make sense. Either that or he's been smoking that weird stuff again.

So, dear friends and readers, since I have now alienated most of you including my own children, I am left with only Carol for comfort as we two hunker down to try to weather the coming onslaught.

And she’s having withdrawal pangs for the digital camera.


Christina said...

Oh, I'll keep commenting. I figure I'm a natural target anyway, the way my life usually goes. Remember my Oct. 19th post? A classic demonstration. Yeah I know the story eventually has a happy ending, but I'm not letting MY guard down. Not this time!

And your reference to Robotjam's comment from yesterday cracked me up. I was wondering about that one myself.

Peter said...

Having so recently formed this blogship Duke, I'm prepared to stick by you... well for a while anyway!!

Karyn Lyndon said...

You'll do anything for an excuse to use the word motherboard, won't you.

robotJAM said...

Duke, they never make any sense but that last one by my standards was even worse. Reading all these spams all day I am actually starting to write like them.

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Duke_of_Earle said...

Christina, thanks for sticking around. As Forrest Gump would say, "This blog is like a box of chocolates..."

Peter, glad you weren't washed away in the floods in your part of the world. Of course, Germany is a pretty big place and you might be in Bavaria for all I know.

Karyn, Any excuse, or no excuse, mother... uh... board.

Rob, Now that LAST line made sense! Once you mentioned V!agra I understood. W3ight L0$s, OK Creditt, and Cheeap Softwarre, right?


Anonymous said...

I'm not going to blame reading your blog, but's it's snowing to beat hell, and the the damn stuff is sticking. Before my wife goes off to work tonight, I will sweep the sidewalk and put down a little salt.

Hale McKay said...

I was going to comment on your use of the word "ameliorative," in that its use could be improved upon - but I decided that would be redundant.

Is it a coincidence or just a hiccup in the space-time continuum, but our burner on our boiler has begun to act up, prompting a call for service?

Viki said...

So far, so good. The only itch in the last couple of days has been when the granite guy came to measure and said, when hearing about how I want the granite to extend out from a particular cabinet, so that we can have stools and such, "Nope. Can't be done."

"Huh?" I asked. "But I've been dreaming about that for months!"

"Sure, I could do it," he said. "But it'll crack and fall and KILL SOMEONE."

He was emphatic about the kill someone, so I fired him and called someone else.

I'm fairly certain he wasn't an agent of the "C," but it's possible he may have been here just to spy out what was going on, so that the "C" can strike in the future.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Steve, I never considered that the WEATHER might be a part of the "C!" But of COURSE! How obvious is that?

Hale, yeah, you wouldn't want to exacerbate the problem, right. Oh, and heating/cooling equipment is a PRIME target for attack, so be careful!

Viki, Way to go, girl. Firing was exactly the right thing to do. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom from the "C."