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An Uneasy Truce

Posted 2013.11.27 21.37 in Cats
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More Fun With Dentists

Posted 2010.04.19 15.33 in Pointless Blather

Another dentistry day. I guess I’m paying my dues for having avoided dentists for so long. Ok it’s not a guess, it’s a fact.

I knew this was coming back in November – that was the plan. Once the wisdom teeth were out, he could get at the trio of cavities that were hiding at the back. Well, today he got at them.

To be fair, the actual drilling wasn’t so bad. The needles were worse, as usual. Jabby jabby pokey pokey in the gums. Then he accidentally squirted some of the freezing into my mouth and wow that stuff tastes toxic. It tastes like what I imagine drain cleaner would taste like. Just a horrid, horrid nasty medical waste kind of taste.

The other thing that I really don’t enjoy is the sensation of being tipped upside-down, in that scary mechanical chair contraption, while they fill my mouth up with stainless steel and water. Being in that position triggers my sleep apnea only not while sleeping, so my throat keeps trying to close up and I can’t breath. So they’re busy excavating, one pipe bringing water in, another pipe taking water out (but not as fast as it’s coming in) and all the power tools and stuff, I’m clinging to the chair to keep from sliding headfirst out of it, and gagging for air… Actually that might be slightly worse than the needles. Or not. I’m not sure.

Oh and the other other thing is, just before he started working he cranked up his radio to full blast. He thinks that music blaring at full volume helps people relax and takes their mind off the drill. Maybe for some people. I can’t stand loud noises. I hate going to clubs and stuff like that where there’s noise and music blaring away. The loud blaring music was as relaxing to me as, well… it’s just not relaxing at all.

Think about taking a cat to the vet then the vet turns on his shop-vac and sets it next to your cat, to help the cat calm down. Yeah. Loud music. Car horns. Jackhammers. Crying babies. Chainsaws. And for that matter, vacuums. They all have the same effect on me, and that effect is not a calming one. Fortunately at one point I was able to ask them to turn off the radio.

That was all this morning though. Now the freezing has worn off, and I’m just left with a nagging ache in one of the teeth he worked on. Or maybe it’s all three of them, but one is worse than the others.

I really hate going to the dentist.

Chair Wheels & Wheel Chairs

Posted 2010.01.05 21.19 in Pointless Blather

A few months ago, I was trying to solve the problem of an office chair on a hardwood floor. The hard plastic wheels are hell on the floor, and they’re not very good on low-cost office carpeting either. Why else would they try and sell those carpet protectors or floor protectors?

The thing is, those protectors don’t really do much good. They might slow the problem down a bit, but they don’t really help much.¬†So I had been trying to think of a replacement chair, that would have rubber wheels. And that led me to a wheelchair.

I was trying it out and comparing it, to see if it was a good substitute. The wheelchair worked pretty good, in that it rolled really well, and the rubber tyres were quite friendly to the hardwood floor. Except it turned out that the office chair has two movements that the wheelchair just can’t match. Office chairs can go sideways, and can swivel in place.¬†Eventually, I ended up using the office chair and letting the cats sleep on the wheel chair. Still, I was sure there must be a solution.

And a few months later, the solution has arrived. A recent Staples catalogue advertised a new product: chair casters with rubber tyres. Yep – now you can modify your office chair so it has hardwood-friendly rubber tyres.

I can report, it rolls smoothly and quietly. Maybe a bit too smoothly. But so far, so good.

See? If there’s something you don’t like about the world, just blog about it then occasionally grump about it to your friends, and eventually the problem will solve itself. It’s just that easy!

Office Chair vs. Wheelchair – Part 1

Posted 2009.09.26 13.03 in Pointless Blather

Here on Planet Stephanie, office chairs are an important part of everyday furniture – even in the household. Office chairs allow one to roll back and forth from the desk to the cupboard, or from one side of the desk to the other. They’re the right height for working at the desk. The desk being another very important part of home furnishings – the most important, almost. (A good Sofa of Relaxation is also crucial.)

Unfortunately, the main benefit of the office chair, is also its biggest problem. The wheels.

They are made of this hard, unforgiving plastic. Probably ABS. On carpet, they crush the carpet fibres down, and on floor, they grind the top surface away. Even on a cement floor, those hard plastic wheels eventually crush and break up the top layer of cement, resulting in dust and a damaged floor.

Ok, yes, you can buy these floor / carpet protectors. We’re aware of them. They do not work. The carpet ones have all these nubbly bits that anchor them to the carpet. These eventually drill holes in your carpet, and merely slow the overall crushing of the rest of the surface. Plus they make it hard to wheel around, which is the main point of the office chair in the first place. The floor protectors don’t have nubbly bits but they also don’t do a damn thing to protect the floor. Worse, they can accellerate the damage should something get underneath the ‘protector’.

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Office Chair vs. Wheelchair – Part 2

Posted 2009.09.25 20.11 in Pointless Blather

So, comparing the office chair to the wheelchair, in actual practical use. There are some pros and cons to both, and so far, there’s no clear winner.

Office chair pros:
Can move sideways
Easy to adjust the height
Office chair cons:
Hard plastic wheels damage floor
Mostly plastic construction
Wheelchair pros:
Rubber wheels (less/no floor damage)
Sturdy metal construction
Wheelchair cons:
Cannot go sideways!
No obvious way to alter height

Wheel Chair
They are both about tied when it comes to comfort, as well. The office chair is generally not-terribly-comfortable overall, in any level of slouch. The wheelchair is a comfort-winner when you sit in certain positions, but then in other positions there are sharp hard metal poking bits jabbing into my legs, or shoulders, depending on the amount of slouching. I could probably grind down the poking bits or cover them with some soft foam, and may end up doing that at some point.

Also, despite being made out of metal (steel?) tubing, the wheelchair seems much less customizable than I had initially thought. I guess due to the compactness or foldingability, but all the structural parts are arranged such that if I bolt things on, they’ll end up jabbing me in the arms or legs. So, for the moment at least, no ChairCam and no drink holder. I suppose if I wanted to permanently disable the foldingability then I could bolt things across the back of the chair, and maybe add some storage compartments to the underside.

Anyhow, stay tuned, parts 1 and 3 will be coming later.