Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Doorbells and dingbats.....

Doorbells. You probably don't think about them too much, but when it's not working it's annoying as hell. Well, my house was built almost 100 years ago, when doorbells were literally bells stuck to the side of the house, and until a week ago, nobody had bothered to install an electrical one. Not real easy to do in a house made with stucco and lathe & plaster. Wiring would be a nightmare. So, why do wiring when they make wireless doorbells now? $40 for one with two wireless door buttons. They work great, and my house has now entered the 20th century. Some day I might even get air conditioning.......

10 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

If you get AC, will your house enter the 21st Century, or will it stay in the 20th, where you put it with the doorbell? (odd, though, because your house was presumably not built in the 19th century.)
Yes, I am being a smart mouth. But what did you expect?

Max said...

Nah, if I get air conditioning it'll sprint right over the 21st century and enter the 22nd. It's one of these weird space-time continium thingies that sci-fi loves so much. And as a calendar purist I disagree with either of the 2000 / 2001 new milennium theories. I firmly beleive that if you take into account the lack of record keeping during the dark ages, you can track a 13 year lapse in calendering caused by the mishaps of one Dirk the Dork of Chesterfield. Legend has it that when changing the calendar from 1445 to 1446, he dropped one of the 4s and mistakenly replaced it with the 5, along with putting the 6 upside down, accidentally setting the year to 1459. This essentially thrust the calendar 13 years ahead of where it should be, a mistake that people are unaware of to this day. That means that, since my house was built in 1913 by our calendar, it was in reality built in 1900, which since the calendar started with the year 1, is still officially in the 19th century. Voila, I've bs'd my out of that little inconsistency. I really should have written for Star Trek. Or SG1.

A Paperback Writer said...

The Queen is amused.
Bravo.
Have you read any Connie Willis? She does a lot with time travel. I love the Doomsday Book (very serious) and its sequel To Say Nothing of the Dog (not at all serious).

Max said...

I haven't read any Connie Willis, although time travel always intrigues me. (yeah, no idea if I spelled that right or not). I'll have to check her out this summer.

A Paperback Writer said...

Yeah. you spelled it right. gold star for you.
And if I ever become rich and famous -- or just rich -- I'll install central air so I don't have to suffer in the 100+ degree heat of the summer.
However, you have to admit that my frequent summer trips to Scotland are a more interesting way to keep cool.

Max said...

But then I'll get zapped into the 22nd century and you'll never see me again. Unless.....you're in the house the first time I turn it on and we're BOTH zapped into the 22nd century.......

A Paperback Writer said...

Ah, I'd miss you if you were zapped into the next century. I wonder if you could still blog from there....
Okay, well, make sure I'm there in the house with you when you're ready to time travel via air conditioning.

Max said...

Ahhh, don't worry, the swamp cooler works just fine in my small house, an air conditioner would be a waste of money. So, I think I'll stick arount the 21st century for a while longer....

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