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Carelessness and power tools

Usually when someone sends off an abstract for a general session for Kalamazoo, that person receives absolutely no feedback on whether or not the Medieval Institute even received the abstract until the program book is printed (or put online), at which point that person must check to see if they're on the program or not. Cunningly, and entirely by accident, I discovered how to find out if they've at least received the abstract: be absentmindedly inconsistant! I received an email telling me that I had both said I needed no AV equipment and checked the box for an overhead projector. It was safely received!

In other news, griffinick is coming to stay for a few nights, and arrives tonight, so of course I'm doing a great deal of unecessary last-minute cleaning. I swept the front porch. Our front yard isn't very big, but it does need tidying now and again, so this was a rare moment when I went out and did something about it.

I had just finished sweeping the leaves from the porch onto the short path leading from porch to sidewalk when the considerate woman who lives next door came out with a power tool: an enormous leaf blower, itself half the length of the path. She offered it to me, pointing out the only button it came with. I plugged it in, aimed carefully, and a whirlwind of leaves exploded around me. Leaves ran off all over the garden, back onto the porch, over the fence, out into the street. It was my first experience with a leaf blower and I was using it in a rather small space. I herded the leaves back off of the porch and the path, blowing away most of the plants in the front garden in the process, and eventually most of the leaves ended up in the middle of the street. As the roar of the leaf blower died out, the plants settled back down, not quite as obliterated as I initially thought. Some tools are overengineered for their current uses.

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juniperus
Sep. 21st, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
You can always ask me to check - I took it off the fax machine myself!

Too much paper coming in + very small staff + insane deadline on our part to distribute them to readers then organize them into sessions = no ability to call everyone automatically.
owlfish
Sep. 21st, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)
I do understand how busy the office is, and really hadn't expected to hear anything back until the program came out. It was just a pleasant surprise to know for certain it had been received.

Thank you for the offer of checking though - it's good to know that if I'm desperate for information, I have an inside connection.
juniperus
Sep. 21st, 2004 01:37 pm (UTC)
I love power tools. *grin*
theengineer
Sep. 21st, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
Some tool are overengineered for their current uses.

Heresy! There is no tool that can't be improved with more buttons, a bigger motor, and some springs.
owlfish
Sep. 21st, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
A flamethrower would be perfect for dusting around the apartment with, don't you think? It'd incinerate all dust and small dead bugs quite efficiently.
theengineer
Sep. 21st, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
Don't confuse the matter with your logic!
saffronjan
Sep. 21st, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
Blown away
Oh no! I bet you blew away all the chili powder!

Raccoon alert!!!!!
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