Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I came across something interesting the other day. Now, we are all aware that...

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I came across something interesting the other day. Now, we are all aware that when we enter the grocery store we are hit in every aisle by signs and tags that say “New”..”Improved”..”Better”..etc. I came across one in the cleaning section..it was on one of those daily shower sprays. You know the one that helps keep soap scum, hard water and mildew from forming on your shower stall walls. I bought a bottle that had a big, bright red sticker on it that said “NEW” in cap letters. It was not till I got it home did I happen to read what was “NEW”. It was not a new formula…it was not better smelling…nor was it longer lasting; now get this..it was a new limited edition look! I am not kidding! A shower spray with a new art work! Then to make it perfectly clear, under this big header…they mention “same formula.” Really?! Speaking of bathrooms…I decided to go and put my plumber’s hat on. Not that I wanted to but I have been neglecting the fact that the drain stopper in the bathroom sink was no longer working. I would push and pull the plunger but the stopper would not move. One reason I have not jumped on this task is because I need to crawl under the sink..on my back…which is very uncomfortable and very confining. Anyway…I pull everything out from under the sink to allow me enough room to gain access to the drain plug, which, unfortunately, led me to adopting a second project [even before I finished the first one] reorganization of the junk that has collected under the sink. I get the assembly apart and somehow the tip of the bar that lifts the stopper has broken off…actually it rusted off due to cheap chrome plating. Ok I thought…no big deal…I have some gorilla glue…and heavy duty wire…I can make a simple make-shift extension. That worked for exactly two pulls of the plunger. So…back to the drawing board…actually a trip to the local hardware store where I purchased what I thought would work but it had everything but the correct extension bar. This meant I had to drive all the way to the “BIG” town store to get a multi-use kit. Even with that I had to play with it to make it work. So the good news is that I got my sink stopper to go up and down [gingerly], and as a bonus the bottom of my sink has never been better organized.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”. Frederick Douglass

The boss ordered one of his men to dig a hole eight feet deep. After the job was completed the boss returned and explained an error had been made and the hole wouldn’t be needed. “Fill ‘er up,” he ordered. The worker did as he’d been told. But he ran into a problem. He couldn’t get all the dirt packed back into the hole without leaving a mound on top. He went to the office and explained his problem. The boss snorted. “Honestly! The kind of help you get these days! There’s obviously only one thing to do. You’ll have to dig that hole deeper!”

That is a wrap. As always be good, do good, play safe and remember getting two jobs done as one is never a bad thing.