I know, I know, you're all dying to know how my hose connections are holding up. As of my last update they weren't holding up at all, were they? Well, I could not be defeated by a leaky hose connection so I unhooked the entire thing (the automatic poultry waterer) and took it with me to the feed store. I didn't go with the intention of having them replace it, I simply wanted someone else to see what I was dealing with.
The consensus was that I needed a new doo-hickey, also commonly referred to as a thingamajigger. I needed one in metal, not plastic. The plastic was the culprit and had loosened. I went from the feed store to Home Depot and the gentleman in Aisle 9 knew exactly where the piece that I sought was kept. Now everything is fine and tight and clean. I went from this:
The attachment between the hose to the bowl is bigger and better. It has remained leak free throughout the weekend and I am beginning to let my guard down a little.
In other personal progress news, I have backed the entire contents of my computer to my external hard drive, a task that I've been told I won't regret. It's easy, just plug the cord from the external device into the USB port of my laptop and then magic happens. If I had to I could drag and drop the files manually but as it is, it takes care of everything automatically. I must have configured everything some time ago in a rare moment of ambition and clarity. I am always tempted to just drag and drop the entire hard drive icon into the external hard drive - and truth be told, I did just that a few years back and nothing seemed to go awry.
If my laptop implodes I do have everything backed up, so don't you worry, I can still keep you informed of my thrilling day to day dealing with leaky hose connections. If the internet is good for one thing it is minutiae. It also helps me feel connected and that's worth something right there.
Having the last four days off was just what the doctor ordered, or would have ordered if I went to the doctor but, of course, I don't because they are always too eager to peek into every last secret place that I hold dear. So I don't. I just imagine what the doctor would say - any good doctor worth her salt anyway - and she would most certainly say, take some time off of work, get your haircut, have a margarita, eat pizza and coconut cream pie at midnight and again for breakfast. So I did and I feel better about life in general. For the sake of transparency, I will admit that I had to add Zantac to my shopping list but otherwise the doctor in my head was right on about everything.
We'll see what this week brings. I am playing with the idea of buying a used medium format camera. If anyone out there has any tips they care to pass along, let me know. Right now I am just rolling this idea around. It may or may not come to fruition.