Sunday, 29 June 2003
A mighty wind
I just finished installing a ceiling fan in my office:
The motivation was that as it's gotten warmer in our Seattle summer, I find that the office gets quite stuffy.
The installation went pretty smoothly. When the addition was being built last year, I asked them to put in a ceiling box that could accommodate a fan, just in case, and hey, what a smart guy I turn out to be in retrospect. And no wiring, either -- both fan and the built-in light are controlled with a remote.
I was amused, speaking professionally, to note the generous sprinkling of Caution notes in the instructions, which were several variations on Caution Failing to properly tighten the (3) screws could result in the fan falling, although it was slightly less amusing to end up with one extra screw, hmmm.
Spending all that time standing on a ladder and reaching over my head tuckered me out, so when I was done I flopped on the couch and watched some PBS home-improvement porn. I first watched -- and as Dave Barry likes to say, I am not making this up -- a program devoted to projects you can create with your jig saw, hosted by a dorky guy who was earnestly upbeat about creating a fruit basket, and his friend, a dorky girl who was cutting out a map of all 50 states. I then watched the ultimate in programming designed to appeal to yer power-tool prurience, namely, "The New Yankee Workshop," where Norm was hosting the first of a two-part series on how to create jigs for your table saw, woo-hoo.
Now that I can cool the office, of course, we've reverted to overcast weather. I'm at my desk with the back door shut and the fan turned off. Summer in Seattle.