Things I Know

  •  If you’’re very good at paying your bills on time, make a mistake, and miss a payment, your credit card company may be willing to waive the interest and penalties if you ask nicely.  I just got that courtesy from one of my banks.  I don’’t know how often you can do that because I’’ve done it way less than once a year.
  • It’’s not a good thing if the people at the auto body collision shop remember your name.

  • My daughter bought a Kindle and I downloaded the Kindle application for my PC.  I’’ve used it to read a few books from the Guttenberg Project for free.  Kindles, Nooks and other ereaders, if successful, will put a big dent in the sale of book cases.  And that’s their biggest advantage.  You can store a lot of books in electronic form in a lot less space than paper requires.

  • There are a lot of ebooks available for free, but most of them aren’’t the kind I read.  I think most of the ones I do want to read are too expensive as ebooks.  If I can buy a 500-page paperback book for $8.00, an ebook should cost less than that.  But a lot of ebooks only cost a dollar or two less than the hard cover version.

  • The two biggest problems with electronic books:  books now require batteries or AC power; and if you like to read in the bathtub, as I do, it costs a lot more if you drop your ereader in the tub than if you drown an $8.00 paperback book.

  • I read that romance novels are about the most popular kind of ebooks because people can read them without the embarrassment of those lurid covers.  If that’’s true, perhaps Barnes & Noble should rename its ereader from Nook to Nookie.

  • The “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials for Dos Equis beer are very clever.  Two of the traits of this man that particularly amuse me right now are:  both sides of his pillow are cool; and objects in his mirror appear exactly as they are.

  • We are about two months into a three-week remodeling project in my house.

  • An electrician who’’s also a carpenter would do less structural damage than an electrician who’s only an electrician, in an older house.  The electrician rewiring the second floor of my house carved up the attic floor with a reciprocating saw.  I asked him why he didn’’t use a circular saw.  He said he had a reciprocating saw.

  • The floor in my attic is ¾ inch plywood covered by ¼ inch luan plywood.  No, I don’’t know why they did that.  The carpenter said if they had cut away a good section of the luan and then a narrower section of the ¾ inch plywood, they could have reused most of the flooring instead of having to buy more to patch it.

  • While drilling through a sill plate to snake wires, the electrician accidentally drilled a hole in my roof.  To his credit, he did tell me about it and said his company would pay to repair it.  If you install a new roof on your house, save a few extra shingles in case you need to repair it later.

  • I saved a few pieces of siding too, but I’’m having a hard time storing the siding and may have to give that up.

  • I can’’t begin to calculate how much money my wife has saved us over the years by refusing to buy either Coke or Pepsi unless they’re on sale.  Sometimes the sales are up to 50% off, and where I live, one or the other is  on sale every week.  

Author: Tom

I know my ABC's, I can write my name and I can count to a hundred.