Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Time Savers

Saying for the day:By labor we can find food and water, but all of our labor will not find for us another hour.

We bought an expensive Wagner Power Painter. It was designed to save us a large amount of time. It was supposed to give us a better paint job. Instead it gave us an example of Linna’s Law number Seven in action.
That law simply stated goes as follows;
Anything you buy to save time or money will cost you more of both.
Because of all the trouble with the painter it took us longer to paint the fence and we are out the cost of the painter. The job looks spotty and we are going to have to sand the paint off the deck. We clearly lost time using this time saving device.
Several years ago, when I postulated the law we had a big garden railroad. We had two hoses. One long one to water the flowers across the entire railroad and a short one that filled to garden railroad pool. You had to take one off and put the other on. This was time consuming and you had to screw the hoses on and off. I decided we needed to do something to save time. So I drove 30 minutes to Iron Mountain and bought some clever things . One attached to the faucet and the other to the hose. Then you just snapped the hose on and off. It took no time at all. The problem was that the piece that went on the faucet didn’t fit tight no matter what you did. So no matter which hose you attached you also had a geyser at the faucet. Now we were wasting water. Trying to stop the geyser used up more time. Then one hose stuck and I couldn’t pull it off to put the other one on. So we had to remove the pieces from both hoses and the faucet. Wasted time and wasted money.
So the next time you are about to buy some time saving thing. Remember Linna’s Law number seven.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and one mine still operates. – There was in time in the area around Pigeon Falls that there were over ten iron mines in operation. In fact there are many mining tunnels beneath the town itself. But now there is only one mine left, the Peeking Duck. It is one of the reasons Pigeon Falls still has a railroad. Yesterday the miner’s union of the Peeking Duck held a big Labor Day picnic. Well it really wasn’t a big picnic as the mine doesn’t have a lot of miners. But they did have a picnic. There was plenty of beer. It wouldn’t be a miner’s picnic without it. They told stories of the old mines and what it was like before the Union came. A list of those who had died in the local mines was read and a moment of silence was held. The story was told of Natalie Barnso who though just a boy stood up to the company thugs when they tried to bust the Union and they beat him to death. That was the start of the great Peeking Duck riot that ended up burning half of Pigeon Falls ( Petrovich has a dribblet for that ). But in the end the Union won. The story was told with great reverence. It was just at this time that the Pigeon Falls dragon flew over the picnic as if to salute the memory. Then it was time for yet another beer and pasty.

Today's Link-Writing it down fills in pieces of the puzzle-Some thoughts about "Cheer up" cards.
Betty had her surgery this morning. We had her home by noon. She is wearing a patch over the eye that was operated on. I watched my soaps withe her.I spent some time in the basement. There is so much to do. I then visited all of my links. Now I needa breathing treatment.


Anonymous loisontheweb said...

Sometimes, I have this little voice that I ignore: I could do this job more quickly if I would just ahead & do it & not go looking for (or go buy) the tool/gadget that's supposed to make things better!


5:07 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

My husband wanted a power sprayer so badly but instead I handed him the paint roller and I the brush and we painted our house over one weekend.

Our neighbor then decided to paint, and do it with one of those power sprayers. He got paint everywhere, even the cat turned blue. The paint that did make his house dripped and started to run down. To this day the house looks like a fly by dragon crapped upon it.

Next time do it the old fashioned way. A few brushes and pull the old "Tom Sawyer" trick. =O)

6:29 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Duly noted.....

8:11 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

The workers in the Peeking Duck mine must have some stories about drilling all the way to China. No doubt that is how it got its name.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I wish my husband would learn that one. He is a great lover of tools, gadgets, gizmos and whatnot. I have never been able to convince him that that it would be simpler the old fashioned way.

8:53 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol Dr John, the amount of things we buy because we think we need them or because we think they will save time ... are almost infinite.

Money makes the world go round, and all those gadgets keep the people that make them in work, whether it be made in USA, germany, Hong Kong or China ...

Just think Father Xmas and his little elves need 364 days a tear just to make all those Xmas toys.

Or did you think Santa Claus only worked on Xmas eve - lol!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I have learned that the most certain way to save time and money is for me to go without whatever modern convenience I thought I wanted in the first place.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous zingtrial said...

Its not buying these in the first place its what happens to it afterwards.The root cause of climate change and virtually all aspects of the global ecological crisis is too many people consuming beyond the carrying capacity of ecosystems to absorb and regenerate from their impact. Wishing You All The Best

3:07 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

yup...all you need is determination and muscle power to get most things done right. Plus it keeps the body in shape..lol

4:12 PM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Love your banner up there. Thanks for your lovely comment.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

You've been awarded the power of schmooze:

The ‘Power of Schmooze Award’ is The Award for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship”.

7:12 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

I know what you mean. It seems like things are always more complicated than the infomercial makes it look. =)

8:19 PM  

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