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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Friday, May 25, 2001
I can't remember having paid this much attention to the weather ever in my life. I don't know if this year has been worse than average, or if El Nino spoiled me, or if I just notice more as I age. But man the weather has just sucked since mid-October. I left the house at 2:30 today the 24th day of May and I could see my breath. I don't really object to rain all that much (although 4 days is a little excessive) but to be below 50 degrees the week before Memorial day?

So today we went out and bought a pipe snake for our stubborn laundry sink. I am a trifle put out with the whole business at this point. I had put 4 entire bottles of Drano down the drain prior to this, with no success. So we made another of those midnight excursions to Home Depot in search of a snake. Of course the sink was still full of water when we returned, Crat having decided that this was the ideal time to do laundry. So I had to bail the sink out with a pitcher and bucket, dumping the excess water out into the back yard every few minutes. That done, we disassembled the trap and snaked for all we were worth. If you have never seen the inside of a drain pipe you have a rare privilege in store for you one day. Benno was so soiled by the process that he had to shower immediately. Wet filthy pipe muck revealed: a dryer sheet. Unlike the last time, I know that someone else is to blame. I don't use dryer sheets. For the time being however the sink is draining. I am currently trying to devise a means by which to prevent random articles from being sucked down the drain and becoming firmly stuck in the pipes. A window screen might do the trick...

posted by Rachel 5/25/2001
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