?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Of appliances, hand kissers, and why Charles Stross can kiss my arse instead - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 12th, 2011

08:56 am - Of appliances, hand kissers, and why Charles Stross can kiss my arse instead

Previous Entry Share Next Entry

Yesterday while taking delivery of whiteware, I got the phone call that my cylinder wrap had arrived. I'd been told this was a straightforward job and the whole thing comes in a kit. How hard can it be, right?


Turns out the wrap comes in a standard size, which is 1200mm by 3000mm. This is a lot of foam, and will cover most tanks. My tank is 1720mm high and 430mm diameter. Doing the maths on that makes the circumference 1350mm or just a bit more than the width of the wrap sheet.

So, tetris. Here's the bare cylinder:



As you can see it's strapped in as is required in Wellington, which means cutting the wrap so it'll go around the straps. And because of the height of the thing, instead of doing it once I had to do it twice (bottom half/top half) and tape it all together with duct tape because they don't provide quite enough tape for extra wraps. But they do provide instructions!



I would just like to point out here that unlike the default installer from the instructions, I am not a guy and I was wearing a floral dress not shorts. And here I am, about an hour and a roll of duct tape later, victorious!



Weirdly, I can still feel warmth on the outside of the wrap and the cupboard is still warm. I mean, really warm. It's almost as if the cylinder isn't wearing a jacket. but when I feel underneath the wrap down the bottom, it feels really hot under there. I'm not sure what's going on - I've googled it and everything I read suggests that if the pipes and the cylinder are both wrapped, it'll save energy/money but if everything's just as warm in there as it was before this seems wrong to me. This evening I'll check the thermostat temperature but if anyone has any knowledge of this and would like to suggest other things I could try, I'm all ears.

Meanwhile, have a manic picture of me with the new dishwasher:



Why yes I am going into raptures over appliances. Last time I bought a new appliance was 2001, and that was my washing machine which I'm still using so yes, it's a thrill.

A couple of things:

I'm reading Glasshouse by Charles Stross. In it, he is turned into a woman as part of an experiment he's volunteered to be part of. He proceeds to spend the next 100 pages whinging about his 'wholly inadequate' body, about how weak he is, about how he can't do things. This is pissing me the fuck off. For a start, Mr Stross has no clue how it feels to be a woman, and to imply that having gone from being a man to being a woman makes his body inadequate and incompetent is insulting as hell. Yes, men are generally stronger than women - but he goes on as if 'less strong' means 'not strong at all'. Never mind the way he deals with periods.

I feel like writing him a letter and inviting him to come shear some sheep with me. *mutter*

In another girl thing, when I was introduced to the electrician who will be installing my stovetop, he kissed my hand. Now this man is clearly of mediterranean descent from his name and accent, and he's an older man (maybe 60?) so I understand that this may be his traditional way of greeting a woman. I was a little bit flattered because yes I've seen all the romantic movies. But there was this other reaction that I kept to myslef, which was a mental note to make sure the Youth of Today is home when he comes to put in my stove.

It's not that I think he'll try anything and I could probably take him if he did (fuck you Charles Stross), but a hand-kisser might also be an innocent-inappropriate-toucher or an innuendo-slinger and I'd rather not have to deal with that. Hand-kissing seems to come with a view of women that is.. less than respectful, shall we say? It bothers me that the thoughts that arise from this one incident go like this - I just want my stovetop put in and now I'm comtemplating what I'll do if he grabs my arse (<--hyperbole in case you're wondering). This would not happen if I were not a woman, and that is.. *ungh* Just saying.


And after taking delivery of my shiny new dishwasher yesterday I got brought down to earth with a thump this morning. The recycling bins sit in the alley behind the building, and this morning I thought I'd drop ours in on the way to work. It was fine till I lifted the lid for the paper skip, and it all moved and a guy sat up and looked at me blearily.

"Just having a kip" he said. "Sorry dude" I said, feeling somewhat like you do when you walk in on someone on the toilet.

He helped me put my cardboard in and then closed the lid and I was on my way. I feel stink about having woken him up and very weird about being a homeowner with a shiny new German dishwasher that I'm rapt about while there's a guy sleeping in a skip 20m away. Wondering if it'd be a good idea to start leaving him some breakfast - I can see that being either a really good or a really bad thing. Hmm..

So yeah. Um. Welcome to city life Tats. At 41 you are still a bit naive.

Comments:

[User Picture]
From:tyellas
Date:October 11th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Hm! I don't have an electrician - the one that keeps getting referred to me where I live sexually harassed a friend of mine who had hired him, during a large and complicated job. So I don't think being concerned about hand-kissing is hyperbole. A male electrician at work should be a professional, not a swain at a cocktail evening, and if he wants to kiss hands, he should save it for after work.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:tatjna
Date:October 11th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
(Link)
This guy comes with the stove - he's the shop's tame electrician. But you're right, what he may see as charming, people like me see as vaguely disturbing and he shouldn't do it.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From:clashfan
Date:October 11th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Perhaps a quick note to the shop regarding the behaviour?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:dianavilliers
Date:October 11th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Being physically smaller and weaker just means that one needs to start using tools and ladders and one's social skills sooner. That's all.

No man built Stonehenge or just about anything notable since using only his muscles.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:tatjna
Date:October 11th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Being physically smaller and weaker means that I'm one of the few of my cohort for learning to shear sheep that will still be able to do it when I'm 60 - because I learned correct technique due to not being able to use brute force and ignorance.

Being smaller and weaker does not equate to being pathetic and incompetent, and an author of such repute as Charles Stross should be ashamed of himself for assuming it does.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 12th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
(Link)
While it does certainly sound grating, especially if it goes on and on, how much of the whining by the character is a projection of how the character feels vs. what Charles Stross thinks I wonder?

This is something that always made me conflicted about fiction writing. The idea that people may take what I write as what I think, as opposed to a development of the characters and story as a separate entity to myself. Although I know it's never quite that clear cut..
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:tatjna
Date:October 12th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
(Link)
Since the whining is an internal thought-monologue, I'm gonna go with assuming that this is what Charles Stross thinks it's like to be inside the head of someone who just woke up to find they've become a woman. Whether that's what he thinks he would be thinking or not is kind of irrelevant - the underlying assumption is that women's bodies are inadequate and weak, and that a man who suddenly found himself to be a woman would be frustrated by these inadequacies and weaknesses.

He has not so far found any good points about having a woman's body, and to me that speaks volumes.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:t_c_da
Date:October 11th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
(Link)
When you get to checking your thermostat, basically anything over 55C or maybe 60C is just wasting electricity.

Our gas Rinnai can't be set to deliver water over 55C, and that's hot enough to require gloves for the dishes when first starting.

You may find that if you prefer cooler showers you can get away with an even lower temperature, but that's your personal preference. That looks like a big enough cylinder for two or three folk unless you all want half hour showers in sequence in the morning. We moved to instant gas hot water back when we had hordes of kids around and $WIFE got fed up with having a cold shower in the morning because the little darlings had used it all before she got there...
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:tatjna
Date:October 11th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
(Link)
Yeah, we don't use a lot of hot water and usually take quick showers - a legacy from living on tank water I think.

In fact, since I don't shower daily and yesterday was an off-day, I don't think we used any hot water at all.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]
From:tatjna
Date:October 12th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
(Link)
The sites I looked at recommended 65 in the tank with a limiter to 55 on the shower head, or some such.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 12th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
(Link)
I find it odd when Italian women go to kiss my cheeks.

As they approach it's like "huh what? I don't feel that wa.. oooh, I see".

Hopefully it was a respectful hand-kiss. The wikipedia page on the greeting is surprisingly detailed O.o
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:tatjna
Date:October 12th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
(Link)
I am going to go and have a look now - I didn't realise it had it's own Wikipedia page!

(this may be rule 33)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]
From:vernacularity
Date:October 14th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
(Link)
Stross got it so wrong



(and the alt text is "FOOLS! This female gender was the final piece I needed to complete my doomsday device! It runs on caring and stereotypes")
(Reply) (Thread)