DXMachina (dxmachina) wrote,
DXMachina
dxmachina

  • Mood:

Surgeon General's Warning...

Interesting night, for values of interesting that equal annoying. It all started well enough. The Dodgers kicked the Pirates around in a rare offensive flurry, 12-6. I went to bed about midnight, and for whatever reason, was curious about what the temperature was in the back room. I have a small, cheap Galileo thermometer on the bookshelves in there, but I had stack a couple of new books in front of it, so I picked it up to look more closely at it.

Imagine my surprise when the tube separated from the base, dumping all the liquid out. Did I mention that that particular shelf is the one that I keep autographed books on? Sigh. Actually, it turned out okay, because they used some alcohol or another (probably methanol) as the liquid instead of water. The reason I suspect methanol is that it evaporated really fast, so there really wasn't much of a mess after all. One book that wasn't autographed wicked up most of the liquid, and this morning you can't even tell it was wet. I am grateful that I don't smoke, though, because if I'd had a lit cigarette dangling from my mouth whilst the the methanol spilled all over the shelf and me, things would've gotten nasty.

Anyway, I cleaned it all up, then read in bed for awhile, Wodehouse's Right Ho, Jeeves, which is laugh out loud funny in parts. I finally turned out the light around 1:00. I woke up again around 2:00 and lay there awake for about an hour before falling asleep again. I wasn't really wired, or troubled, or uncomfortable, I just couldn't fall asleep. Very annoying. I was up again at 4:00 for a little while, and again at 6:30, when I threw in the towel and got up for good. Maybe I can take a nap later.

Note, upon further examination of the remains of my cheapie thermometer, I find it is repairable. I thought the glass must've cracked at the base, but it looks like the tube just press fits into a groove in the base. That means I can fill it up, and someday it can bite me again. Or not...
Tags: baseball, books, geekianna, health
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments