Monthly Archives: November 2013

Only You Can Make it Plain

Last week I wrote an article for a charity newsletter about the charity’s annual banquet. I opened with this paragraph: We’d had a lovely evening. As I sat at our table at the banquet last month, check book open, pen poised to jot down a donation, I looked back over the last two hours. (Yeah, not my best work. Let’s move on.) When the charity’s director sent me the final piece, I noticed she’d replaced a comma with a semicolon: “….pen poised to jot down a donation; I looked back over the last two hours.” I growled. Then I fumed. Who on earth, I thought, would have the gall to …

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One Word Turns Pain into Plain

Recently, due to an almost-fire in the kitchen that filled the house with smoke but not with the shriek of our supposedly working smoke detectors, I decided to test said detectors. Online I discovered a product designed for just this task, a spray called Chekkit Smoke Detector Tester. The can tells me that when I spray Chekkit near a smoke detector, the detector should sound. In fact, here are the instructions: Shake well before use. Holding can upright, spray at detector from no closer than 12″ and no further than 40″. Release only a 0.05 – 1 second burst of aerosol, repeating every 10 seconds as necessary. If detector fails …

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