Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
I was at CVS getting something and saw a cheap meditation fountain for $5.99 at an endcap, so I thought I would give it a shot for a little background noise for my office. I took it home, put in a couple of batteries and was severely disappointed. The sound of the small motor was all you could hear. It was lame. I put it aside and swore I would make it better. This weekend, I decided to take a hacksaw to it to see if I could get the water sound to actually register or completely destroy it. To my surprise, I did make it better.
Here is what I did:
1. The problem with the fountain is that the space between the vertical cascade is too close. In order to get more water sound, I wanted to try and cut the intermediate horizontal surface out.
2. I took a hacksaw to the support under the intermediate ledge and figured if it was hollow and left a hole in the basin, I would just glue the flat surface down on top of the smaller hole. When I cut the ledge off, I was happy to discover the mold was still solid underneath.
3. I tried the water in there now, but still wasn’t happy with the sound. So, did another cut to the former ledge base to get a little more drop. I cut as close as I could to the rim around the other base.
4. After this, I put the rocks in and tested. It worked! Sure, no white water rapids, but not bad for the overall size.
All and all, it was essentially two cuts of the hacksaw on this cheap fountain. But, it could have easily just been one if I would have known the base ledge was still solid underneath.
After all of this, you actually get a fountain that sounds like running water instead of the small engine hum.
I really enjoyed the special section in the New York Times Sunday today. The reviews gave me some great ideas on a few more books to acquire to make the best of the commute.
It’s funny. I was just thinking that the last few NYT Sunday editions were pretty weak and wondering if it was time to pull the plug. This made up for it.
Anyone else that commutes from San Francisco to the Peninsula or the South Bay already knows that the idea of “reverse commute” is a fallacy.
280 South out of San Francisco the last few weeks has been very difficult. Here is a couple of screenshots from Waze that gives you some idea of the south-bound AM traffic carnage.
Please don’t believe in the concept of a reverse commute in the Bay Area. It simply does not exist.