Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's a good thing I peed

On my way home from work last night I was pulling through an intersection in my very busy office complex when my Cabrio decided to stop... all systems shut down... in the middle of the intersection. Just my luck a Semi was headed directly for me. There was a brief moment of panic after I switched on the hazard lights and tried to jump out to wave at the driver of the really big truck hurtling at me... only to be stopped by my seat belt (hmm, safety first?).

The driver was a pro - he had noticed immediately that my car was in distress and even parked his truck across the lanes so no on-coming traffic would plow into me.
He got out and pushed my car neatly to the side of the road and went on his way. The world is filled with nice people.
It was a busy time of evening so I ended up waiting in the car for about an hour for a tow. I had plenty of time to think... it was quiet and really quite nice, except a little chilly. But I was thankful it was not below freezing, I was very thankful I had remember my gloves that morning, and even more thankful I peed before I left work.
Always-- ladies, always pee before you go.

So I am working from my home today. And you know what that means.
Yup... distractions.

I tossed in a load of laundry - thinking this would not really take me away from my day job too much. But then I remember that the dryer seemed to be taking too long, so I stepped outside to peek at the vent on the roof.

Looked clogged.

Ok - welp, in order to get my work done, I clearly need to dry this load of clothes, and in order to do that I clearly need to clean out this vent.

The problem really lies in the fact that its on the roof.

weese doesn't do roofs.

So I needed to devise a tool. Won't take long I figured, I'll be back to my day job in no time at all.
Down to the workshop to gather some supplies.

(the hammer? ...well you never know)

I made this.

Put up a ladder.

Then, using a second pole to keep the weather flap open - I was able to clean out a good bit of lint.

And... no injuries. I was back at my day job in less than an hour. The drying is purring away right now.

Ok... really, now I have to get back to work... right after I...


WordsRock said...

This post is Pure Weese.

It also makes me thankful for a ground level dryer vent. :)

Beth said...

Yikes! Glad it all worked out with the dead car.

Great tool!! said...

LOL - you're a nut.

I hate car problems. Blech ptewey.

WenWhit said...

Suzanne is right, this post IS Pure Weese.

I never got to play on your roof. I'll add cleaning the lint vent to the list of roof activities for our next visit. :)

the only daughter said...

Enjoyed the step-by-step illustrations. :)

Jen said...

I was just sure I was going to read a post about getting stuck in the elevator...when I have thought the same thing myself!

Nice work with the vent!

clammy said...

I love your MacGyverness. More than that .. good tip about peeing.

SassyFemme said...

So we're supposed to clean out dryer vents???

chapin said...

Heck...I didn't even know they had vents.

Val said...

impressive... McDyverweese.

otter said...

I love a gal who keeps duct tape on hand, and knows how to use it!