June 29th, 2004

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Reading

I came home for lunch and a little break from work. I've got several blog entries in my head. I doubt I'll get around to putting all of them in the blog, but I can at least take a few minutes now and blog my reading list.

I'm doing well against my goal of an average of a book a month this year. Only six months into the year, I've completed seven books. When I last spoke of my reading, I was beginning Mitchner's The Covenant. Well, I got about 100 pages into it and decided I needed an intermission, so I picked up a copy of Ender's Game. It's a book that most of my friends have read -- many of them having read it in high school. After my recent foray into Card's Sarah and Rebeccah, I had an appetite for more of his work. Last week, I was at the bookstore and found a paperback copy of Ender's Game, so I went ahead and picked it up.

I finished reading it (save half of the introduction) last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

sidelobe lent me a copy of the next book in the series, Speaker For The Dead, which I thought I'd pick up once I conquered another hundred pages of The Covenant. Really, that was my plan. But, once I got home, I started thumbing through it a little and I've found myself well into the first chapter. So, it seems that I may end up going ahead and reading it before I get back to my Mitchner.

Regardless, it really is nice to be reading with some regularity again.

Now playing: Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog - Johnny Cash (The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 (Disc 2))</span>
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The Garbage Disposal

This weekend, I learned that shrimp shells are not appropriate fodder for the garbage disposal. Previously, I have learned that tea leaves are not appropriate fodder for the garbage disposal, either.

I learned about the shrimp because Mrs. Mellow created a wonderful shrimp dish for my Sunday School picnic this weekend. I went to clean up the dishes and all the shells were still in the sink, so I fired up the disposal and started flushing the shells down the drain. At first, everything seemed fine. About halfway through, however, I noticed that the water level in the sink was rising. Obviously, the disposal had done all it could and some of the shrimp shells decided to clog the drain anyway. I spent about an hour trying to scoop mangled shrimp shells out of the disposal. Eventually, I gave up -- it was about one o'clock Monday morning by this point -- and put some Drano in the drain, hoping it might do *something* overnight and I'd be able to figure it out Monday.

Yesterday morning, I woke up to find the sink still clogged. I poked with it a little bit before going to work, but couldn't get it flowing again. I decided that my next move was probably going to be to remove the disposal and turn it upside-down and shake, hoping to dislodge anything that was still causing a problem. I certainly didn't have time for that before work yesterday, so I went ahead to work.

I got to a good stopping point on my project about halfway through the afternoon, so I decided to come home and spend some quality time with the disposal. I had given myself several hours to take apart the disposal, clean it, and reattach it. Sure enough, when I got home, there was still some standing water in the sink. As a last ditch effort before taking apart the entire assembly, I retrieved the plunger and gave the sink a couple of plunges.

Nothing.

I tried again.

*gurgle* *gurgle* *bubble* *bubble*

It looked like the water might be slowly receding. Another couple of plunges and the water was definitely receding. I reached my hand in the drain and scooped out some more shrimp an onion. Once I took my hand out, the drain seemed clear and the water drained freely.

I ran some more water down the drain and ran the disposal for about 30 seconds to make sure it seemed to be working fine. It was. I fed the disposal a sliced lemon to make sure it would still dispose of garbage. It did. I enjoy feeding the garbage disposal lemons because it makes the kitchen smell so good.

Relieved that the project I thought would be messy and take several hours to complete only took me about ten minutes, I went downstairs and read more Ender's Game.

I'd make a poll, but I hate checking the text entries of polls, so I'll just ask the question and encourage everyone to respond in the comments: What have you fed to a garbage disposal that you shouldn't have?

Now playing: Down on My Bended Knees - Big Joe Duskin (Don't Mess with the Boogie Man)</span>