Things I Know

I hope now we can start talking about baseball. Nine days to pitchers, and catchers.

If Jeremy Lin is going to insist on being the newest NBA sensation, he needs to learn to speak into the microphone at news conferences.

The Giants won the Superbowl.

I don’’t think they even have ticker tape anymore, so I recommend they change the name of ticker-tape parades.

Sir Paul McCartney has been one of the most famous people in the world for 48 years now. He got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 9, 2012.

Attention State of California: Yes, I would like your 214-page vacation guide; no, I won’’t give you my phone number. You don’’t need it to send me the guide, but you won’’t send it to me if I don’’t supply it. I won’t supply it, hence no vacation guide for me.

We’’ve already established that I need five utility knives, and four retractable metal measuring tapes for me to know where at least one is at any given time. I recently established that I need two saws of the kind you use to cut holes in wall board to know where one of those is. Right now, I know where both of them are. I needed to cut a hole for an electrical box and couldn’’t find the first saw. No wonder. It was in a storage box in the attic, not on a pegboard in the basement where it belongs.

Here’’s another tip about what are called old-work electrical boxes. You need a level to cut the hole because you don’t want the box to be crooked on the wall. If it’’s new work, the wall studs should be plumb, and square.  You attach the boxes to the studs before you install wallboard, so you need a level to install the wall, but not to install the electrical boxes.

Repainting my dining room reinforces what I already knew: The people who lived here before we moved in couldn’’t mud wallboard very well. I don’’t know why, but I can’’t do it anywhere near as well as I once could either.

Actually, I don’’t think I’’ve ever found a home repair the former owners of my house did that was done correctly.

My cell phone only works from the battery. If the battery dies and you plug it in to recharge it, the phone still doesn’’t work until the battery has achieved a specific level of charge. It won’’t work if it’’s plugged in and the battery’s removed either.

Speaking of batteries, it wasn’’t a dead one of those that kept me from starting my Toyota. I couldn’’t jump it to start it either. When I get it to run, I’’m going to sell it. It’’s a low-mileage Corolla. But since it’s 21-years-old, the low mileage is 152 thousand.

Some battery chargers you can buy for cars won’’t charge the car’s battery if it’’s completely dead. It needs a little charge in it or some chargers won’’t work at all.

Last Saturday in this space, I mentioned that I hadn’’t heard of Congress discussing extending the reduced rate for social security payroll taxes again even though it’’s due to expire at the end of this month. I heard about it this week. Same story as last time.

Author: Tom

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