Monday, January 21, 2008

P.O.S.- Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

Don't buy this. We've had ours one month and it's now broken. It's still running and sucking, but not without issue. First,one of the attachments ( the pet hair eraser mechanical brush) quit working when it allowed hair to accumulate around the belt and wheel that makes it a mechanical attachement. Luckily, I was able to take it apart, clean it, and put it back together. Then yesterday I was just cleaning the floor and noticed the the vacuum getting louder and louder and starting to vibrate. "Something's not right!" I yelled over the scream of the hearing eraser... uh, I mean pet hair eraser. I turned off the vacuum and noticed my hearing has now been notched to the certain frequency of one said double cyclonic action vacuum. Patiently, I examimed the PHE and cleaned every part I could find to clean. I turn it back on and still the vibration and volume comparable to that of the space shuttle take off is blasting from our living room. Even Ziggy, our cockapoo, (and yes that is a dog breed not a bird) won't come near as he usually likes to do to investigate and try to dominate. He's sure the situation is about to become very dangerous and takes shelter in the other room. I can only imagine how his hearing was effected. Anyhoo, I examine the rotating brush located at the front of the PHE and I can tell something isn't right. It's pivoting instead of just spinning. This causing the vibration and noise. I take the brush off and examine it. One of the bearings is jammed down into the bar at and angle and the plastic is warpped. I take it all apart and try to rebuild it, knowing full well that this will be a temporary fix at best. I put it all back together and try it out. This time only about 150db roar through the house. But by the time I make it upstairs it's back to full throtle-up and ready to make the final push into orbit. So I must get a new rotating brush. Really, that will solve the problem, but who wants to deal with that after one month of use. On the other hand, this vacuum really does suck! Pun intended.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Is it winter or is my life just boring?

I have to laugh at myself for thinking my life is boring- because it's not, never has been, and probably never will be. I think I just get kind of bored in winter and blame it on my life. It's like every thing's on hold for about three months- which is really about as long as winter really lasts around here as far as I'm concerned.
I've just been working- lots of geometry lately- I love that stuff even if it's challenging to teach to kids who'd rather be playing Guitar Hero. But they like it when they get it right- so that's good enough on a daily basis.
I've also been going to the gym a lot and getting huge. I'm so massive I barely fit in my already gigantic ego that is starting to feel as if it's about to explode.
I did a lot of hunting for the elusive whitetail deer the past few weeks since the season was coming to a close. I wound up sticking one last Friday evening just before dark. But as fate would have it my worst fear came true and I didn't find it. It was kind of a weird shot. The deer was almost under me and facing right to me. I was about 20 feet up in a tree. I shot and stuck it right behind the shoulder in what should have been a spine severing shot- dropping it right there. But as the deer ran away with about 12 inches of arrow sticking in and about the same sticking out, I wondered what the outcome would be. It got dark, came back with a light, found blood, but no deer. Came back the next morning, looked for two hours and found the broken end from my arrow about 1/3 of a mile from where I had shot- and that's it. It is the worst to hunt and mame. Especially when you see some of the animal interaction I've observed while hunting and you start to see the qualities in these wild animals that we see in our domestic pets that make us love them so much. But that's the way the season ended for me pretty much. It was still a good season.
Sooner than later, the bike will come off the hook in the garage. That's the next adventure I suppose. Until then I guess I just try to keep it on the sunny side.
Oh yeah, I linked a couple of new blogs you should check out. One about breathing, one about a coyote.