A little knowledge is dangerous

Yes, I know you’re seeing double (at least at 2:30 pm on Monday 23 July) just moments after I “fixed” something and things went all ta heck.

Our technical support team is working on it.

Lunchtime today, the chili on the stove burned, filling the house with smoke, because SOMEBODY turned off the sound on the microwave timer.

The gas company repair man who arrived just before the chili event can’t find where the gas leak is in our bedroom wall, and it’s looking like we’ll have to cut a huge hole in the wall to get to the offending rotten-egg smell generating leak.

There’s gotta be one of Mr. Murphy’s laws that can describe the entropy and frustration of a day when 36 hours of work needs doing and the 24 hour day is one constant interruption and screwup.

I shoulda stood in bed.

UPDATE 4:20 Self-induced problem fixed. Thanks again, GB. I’m going to copy the original script for all the theme and css stuff before I get too big for my britches again and pretend I know what I’m doing.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I know Mr Murphy and his law very well! The thing I try to remember everytime he shows up in my life is the following. Trouble is like bananas, it comes in bunches. This came to pass and not to stay. This too will pass!

    I don’t know why, but just saying this to myself seems to help me get thru it, and in the end something good usually comes from the struggle of a Mr Murphy day. Good luck.