I haven’t had much time to share my thoughts at this website lately–too much legal work to do. I’ve never written so much as I have in the past few weeks, including co-authoring a long book chapter on the topic of “Arbitration,” another article on products liability, two appellate briefs and probably a dozen legal memoranda. Yes, I’m looking for a bit of sympathy! Now, if you want proof that I’ve been working maniacally at the keyboard, take at look at my keyboard: the letters are wearing off.
What you’re seeing is part of my actual computer keyboard at the law office. Ignore all the dust between the keys, please (it doesn’t look quite this dusty in person). The “M” key is almost gone, as is part of “L.” I completely lost my comma and period keys. Losing the label of one key is not too bad, but losing several in a row is annoying–I was finding myself often pausing to figure out which key is the period and which was the comma when I was in editing mode (when typing a rough draft, none of this much of a problem, because my fingers usually know where to go and I don’t need to look down).
I like fixing things rather than throwing things away, so I “invented” the above-illustrated method of putting pieces of customized label on top of the distressed keys. I’m thinking that I ought to coat the labels with something clear to keep the image readable–maybe clear nail polish?? Perhaps someone out there has a ideas for coating the label or for otherwise repairing a keyboard that is losing its letters . . . here’s your chance to be an environmental hero, because I would bet that there are many people out there with this same problem, and a good idea could save thousands of keyboards.
BTW, I think I lost the comma and period because I type so intensely fast that I need to pound those pause/stop keys repeatedly in order to slow myself down. That’s my theory.
I’m enjoying my newly and consciously chosen path: things don’t need to be perfect. Not that I ever really was a perfectionist. But especially when it comes to consumer purchases, I’m much less a perfectionist than I ever was. Here are a couple cases in point.
The rear (electric) window of our ten year old car no longer goes up and down. My immediate thought was to have it fixed. I got an estimate: $270. Gad. My wife and I decided that we can do without that window going up and down (even though my daughters (who sit in the back) would prefer that it work. $270 is a lot of allowance money. I asked the repair guy how much it would cost to make the window permanently stay up (because it kept sliding down). He said that he could do it for $100. I turned down that offer, went home and glued it shut. Far from perfect, though quite satisfactory.
A friend visited today. The lock on her car’s passenger-side door was broken. She said: “Passengers can get into the car on the other side.” She added that not fixing minor things is a big time saver. Why make appointments and burn hours fixing something that isn’t really a priority?
These car stories won’t resonate for may people. I’ve known dozens of people who freak out if there is even a single little scratch on their car. Nor would they ever try to fix it themselves. They will run it to the dealer, especially if someone else was at fault. A man accidentally collided with our other car 6 months ago. I suggested that I find a body shop that could bang it into shape, but said that I didn’t want it to be “like new.” After all, the car is 8 years old. I found a shop that straightened out the bends and sprayed over the scrapes for $400, instead of getting a “like new” job that would have cost $1,500. It’s good enough for me.
There are days when I intend to get x number of things done. I’ve found that my life goes much more smoothly if I let some of those things drop off the list, unaccomplished.
My bicycle is not shifting smoothly. The problem has developed over many months. I’ve adjusted the cables repeatedly, without success. I received some not so bad news today. I took my bicycle into a neighborhood bike shop. The crank teeth are worn down, as are the back sprockets and the chain. This will be a substantial repair for [...]