When an improvement isn’t

I don’t like the new ‘improvements‘ in customer service. Endless robo phone trees and robo chats. What’s worse are the ticketless support systems – what a convoluted mess. I really don’t like those. No idea where you are.

Want to reply to a specific agent? Nope. Every new question just goes into the abyss. Ticketed systems offer clarity — ticketless systems, chaos.

Fixing stuff

Today I put a screw on the wall in the kitchen to hold the broom. Then it was on to the shower. I had fixed the shower head a couple of days which had developed crud on some the holes that partially blocked them so that they sprayed in in all kinds of directions. The door had a partially torn rubber sweep. I stapled the torn end together and then applied caulk to fill the gaps. Looks good (I love caulk, so versatile!). The door sill had settled over time and scraped when opening and closing. After looking at it for a little while, I just went and got some pliers and bent up the aluminum sill until it no longer scraped. Pretty simple fixes, but nice to have these things working again.

Cleaning my teeth myself

Tartar builds up for me and for many years I would go to the dentist every four months for cleaning. All this has changed with COVID-19. For starters, my dentist stopped seeing patients as the pandemic appeared, then she closed for good. So without a new dentist until mid-August, I decided to see just how much I could do myself. Turns out I can actually do a lot with just a few tools.

Stainless steel Dentist tools
Portable Magnifying mirror
Microphone stand

Do I need to replace the mower blade?

My mowing needs are not for a lawn, but to keep the weeds down. As far as I can tell, (much as I’ve already concluded for the mulching blade on my weed whacker), it is the mass of the blade and the momentum/velocity exerted by the machine that cuts, not how sharp the blade is. I can understand the need for a sharp blade if your goal is to have a putting green, but that’s not what I’ve got. Figure I’ll just leave the old blade in, dull as it is, and as long as it’s destroying weeds, job done.