No, this is not about being assaulted and hurt, it is about a battery.
I may write too much about Mrs. C, but I can’t help it, she is a pip…for you young people that is a good thing...sort of, in a backhanded way. Mrs. C does not like to throw anything away. What I find entertaining is the excuses she has for saving things.
Today she showed me something she got for free because she signed up for something, or answered a survey, whatever. It is a small flashlight. It is very bright, and shines in a diffused lamp like fashion, not a direct flashlight way. It also has a strong magnet so it can be stuck on anything metal for hands free lighting. I liked it. It seems very useful.
In order to demonstrate the light to me, she had to first remove a piece of paper that prevents the battery from making a proper connection. When she was finished with the demonstration, she reinserted the paper protector.
“What is that for?”
“It keeps the battery fresh.”
“You know, like if you accidentally turn the switch, the light won’t go on and the battery won’t run down.”
“Oh…but you mean if I want to use the light I have to unscrew the cap, remove the paper thing, save it, and then when I am through with the light unscrew the cap and reinsert the paper thing?”
“That is a pain in the ass!”
“It will save the battery.”
“But we have skaty-eight other battery operated items and we don’t do that paper thing to any of them.”
“This light comes with one.”
“So, we have to use it?”
“Let me get this straight. If I want to use the light, I have to unscrew the cap, take out then paper stop thing, screw the cap back on, make sure not to misplace the paper thing, and then when done, reverse the process, all so the battery won’t run down if I forget to turn off the light?”
“But I don’t think I have ever used a flashlight and forgot to turn it off when done, the bright light generally serves as a reminder to turn it off.”
“It could get accidentally switched on while in a drawer, you could grab something and flip the switch without knowing.”
“So, in order to save a battery from a weird accidental switch turning I have to go through the stupid paper removing and replacing thing. You know we have about 187 AAA batteries in the pantry. Some will go dead before we ever use all of them.”
“Just replace the paper thing after you use the light and stop arguing! JERK!”
This light is really quite nice. I can think of lots of uses for it, for instance while cooking out at night on my Bbq.
Too bad I will never bother to use it.