Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

Sometimes I wish I had figured out a career in high school and studied to do something having to do with designing things. Not it would fix all of my problems, but it's just something that I think about sometimes. But, mostly, I just look at things and wonder, why did they do that?

So I was getting out a few Halloween decorations (the ones that aren't out all year anyway), and I have to figure out where to put things so that cords reach electrical outlets, and I have to put in batteries, and I have to replace light-bulbs, etc....

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So I get out two jack-o-lanterns, and one of them is plastic and one of them is foam. They are both store-bought, as is. I didn't carve them or anything. The foam one is one I have had for a long time, not the first year that I noticed them, but the first year that I found one I liked at a clearance sale. Anyway, the point is that the design of the plastic one is slightly better, even though I mostly like the look of the foam better.

Okay, so I plug both of these in, and the plastic one lights up, and the foam one doesn't. That's okay, I knew last year that I would need to replace a few bulbs, I just didn't remember where. But I bought a lot of bulbs that should work as replacements. In fact, flame bulbs would probably look better, right?

Anyway, the bulb on the plastic one is easily replaced, as the bulb is on this metal clip thing at the bottom, so you just turn it over and squeeze the metal thing like you would a clothespin, and it comes out and you replace the bulb and push it back in. But, the foam one is an older design, and you don't do that. The bulb is in this plastic plate at the bottom, and to get it off you unscrew these four tiny screws with tiny phillips head screwdriver. So I proceed to do that, and that's when I notice the on/off switch on the electrical cord.

Doh!

Sure enough, there was nothing wrong with the bulb, I just had the thing switched off.

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Okay, but since I've gotten the screws out, I might as well take the plastic thing off and replace the bulb anyway. It's going to need a new bulb eventually, so I might as well do it now. And a flame bulb would look better anyway, right?

So I put the new bulb in, and it does not flicker as I expect it to. I pick up the package and read. Flame bulbs. Okay, flame bulbs, NOT flame flicker bulbs as I had thought. So I've bought several packages of bulbs that do not flicker.

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Doh!

Okay. Whatever. But I have two artificial pumpkin jack-o-lanterns in my bedroom now. I'm not doing a big deal in my bedroom. In fact, I'm probably not doing a big deal at all this year. I hate that, but I never seem to do anything about it. Now that I have more space, I also have more junk, and I never seem to get around to doing much of anything.

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Anyway, if I were doing something, some big deal with these jack-o-lanterns, one more thing would probably bother me. Why are the cords white? I mean, if you were going to put these in a dark place, black would be better. Also, if you were going to put it on a table with a black table cloth, black would be better. Or, if they thought you were going to put it on a table with an orange table cloth, orange would be better, but an orange jack-o-lantern on an orange tablecloth might not look as good anyway. And they can't think of everything, they can't make the cord red in case you were using a red tablecloth, or blue, etc.... But on the other hand brown might have been nice, if you were going to do something decorative with the cord itself and attach fall leaves to it. Or green would have been nice if you were going to make it look like a whole pumpkin patch that still had the vines with green leaves on them. But white cords are totally useless. In fact, if you are also using a black-light as part of your display, some white cords might really get in the way of things.

Well, that's it. I've got three days left to get ready for Halloween stuff (because my main Halloween is really this Saturday, so I have to get things done by Friday, and I've got other things to do today). I'll probably tell you other problems later.

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