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September 20th, 2003
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and you're actin' like I'm downshiftin'
Note to self: do not post a meme which requires significant response when you're supposed to be studying for your first Biology midterm.

Was supposed to be in Portland this weekend, but the event was cancelled. :-( The better for my studying, I suppose, but I did precious little of that today -- it has been housework slogging from end to end. I was supposed to take Angel in to the vet today to have more blood drawn -- an error on their part, or their lab's, I'm not sure, but they didn't get a valid CBC -- and failed to remember that they closed at 2pm on Saturdays. That sort of thing, plus cooking and laundry and getting the car washed.

Mostly it's the frustrating feeling that no matter what I'm doing, there are a dozen things of equal priority being ignored. I hate that, it's a no-win game.

I'd be in bed by now but there's a beef roast with onions in the oven that wants another 40 minutes or so. There is a Roomba tooling around vacuuming the room, and while I am hesitant to admit my yielding to an obvious bit of yuppie gadetry, I have to admit it amuses me no end. Having found my copy of Heinlein's The Door Into Summer, I should schedule a memorial re-reading.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: "Danny's All-Star Joint", Rickie Lee Jones, Rickie Lee Jones

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From:eichin
Date:September 21st, 2003 12:17 am (UTC)
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As someone who revels in gadgetry, I actually find the roomba to be more useful than it looks - it seems to pick up more dust than a conventional vac, at least on the bedroom carpet, and it serves as a "quiet" vac -- or rather, it doesn't matter how much noise it makes, if I can be elsewhere...
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From:ambar
Date:September 21st, 2003 08:14 am (UTC)
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I think I'll get even more use out of it once the rapid charger and spare battery pack arrive, but as it is, I can cycle through the entire house in six days, and as slfisher observes, that beats what I was doing before by several miles.

When a model comes out with an HEPA filter, I will buy several to give to myself and deserving relatives. :-)

The only serious drawback I've found so far is that my allergy to house dust makes the necessary emptying and cleaning a very sneezy affair.
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From:slfisher
Date:September 21st, 2003 07:00 am (UTC)

ok this is scary

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I have a Roomba, too! I had to give up using it in the kitchen because the cat hair was just killing it, but it does a halfway decent job in the carpeted rooms. Better than nothing, which is what they often got before. The hard part is keeping the floor clear.

And I *love* the Door into Summer. My favorite Heinlein book. And it got me annoyed when the Roomba came out and nobody mentioned it in connection with that book.
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From:ambar
Date:September 21st, 2003 08:03 am (UTC)

Re: ok this is scary

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I only heard about the Roomba a week ago, and I just HAD to have one. And it is indeed useful. There's no carpet in my house, and the clutter is mostly confined to boxes and shelves, so other than picking up a jillion chairs to do the office/dining room, there's not a lot of setup to it.

I haven't tried it in the cattery yet, I admit -- that I need to sweep manually first, since the volume of hair is greater than the volume of the Roomba. :-)

I am only going to get scared if I wake up to find a three-year-old in my house who says she's my daughter, 'kay? :-)
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From:slfisher
Date:September 21st, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)

Re: ok this is scary

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That reminds me, I should go check the stall in my outbuilding and make sure no horses have appeared there. :-)
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From:elflet
Date:September 21st, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)

Re: ok this is scary

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I can loan you an 11 year old son (who heppens to be reading Have Spacesuit, Will Travel.)
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From:aelfsciene
Date:September 22nd, 2003 02:02 pm (UTC)

*cackle*

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Given the terror with which our cats regard the vacuum and steam cleaners, this would be just about the best cat toy ever. ^_^ But I'm a mean mom who likes to make them get their exercise by chasing them around the house with things like plastic bags or lengths of fabric, so.
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From:flit
Date:September 23rd, 2003 12:13 am (UTC)
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I would SO get a Roomba just for its sheer cuteness, except a) clutter. Clutterclutterclutter. b) Moosedrifts. As big as the Roomba.
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