Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Random Ten in the Age of Aquarius

A few posts ago, I mentioned the way my bathtub was acting up again.  This got a suggestion - and you know who you are, dahlink - that I call the landlord and ask them to send a plumber over.  The reason I didn't do this in the first place was that the problem was pretty simple in terms of what to do.  One little part had to be replaced.  While not the handiest of people, I'm 90% sure I had the knowledge to do the replacement myself, maybe with a little trial and error thrown in.

The thing is, the faceplate was held in by two screws, and one of them was so rusted and stripped it wouldn't budge.  This  takes specialized tools to get rid of, and nothing I bought did the trick.  So I had/was acquiring the know-how, but was stymied by the equipment.

Short version?  I wound up calling the landlord after all.  My pride isn't too hurt, and my feet are grateful.

1. Laurie Anderson - Born, Never Asked
2. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - You'll Never be a Man
3. Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley - Save Your Love for Me
4. The Cramps - Surfin' Bird
5. R.E.M. - Old Man Kensey
6. Taj Mahal - Johnny Too Bad
7. Morphine - All Wrong
8. The Clash - (White Man In) The Hammersmith Palais
9. Lower Dens - Lion in Winter, Pt 2
10. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe


susan said...

I'm glad to hear you got it fixed properly. It's one thing learning, and being willing/able, to repair minor problems, but in our experience there are two things best not to mess with - wiring and plumbing.

I love the title of that Laurie Anderson song. I'm reminded of her grace when she spoke about Lou Reed doing Tai Chi with his hands during his final days.

All in all it's a fine FR10 with a few more of my favorites. I didn't know Taj Mahal had done a version of Johnny Too Bad.

Ben said...

Yeah, having a tub full of stagnant water all that time was not a good experience. Hopefully it was educational at least. I'm limiting myself to minor plumbing and like you say, not messing with wiring at all.

Laurie and Lou were an odd couple, but they seem to have been a good one. It's an interesting song, too.

You can hear the reggae roots in Taj Mahal's "Johnny Too Bad", but it's a substantially different version