This blog has to do with suburban survival so I sometimes deal with boring things, like BEING ABLE TO READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
Have you ever put a gas grill together? I bought a relatively cheap gas grill that cost under $100. The last time I put a grill together I screwed up one of the left legs and one of the right legs and ended up having to take almost the whole thing apart before I put it back together with left and right legs in the appropriate places. I wasn’t going to let them happen again.
The other thing that helps me when I do some assembly project is to turn the thing the same way as the drawing in the direction. It makes it easier to make sure that I am putting left where left is and right where right is and front to front and back to back. Got that?
I also find it helps to slow down and move deliberately. The old adage measure twice cut once, holds true. Read the instructions slowly and carefully. Then read them again. You almost want to cross things off as you do them to make sure that you don’t miss anything.
The fasteners were well organized. I took a break to go to Home Depot for something else. Altogether I would say it probably took me between three and four hours from beginning to end. And you’ll be happy to know that it works fine.
So remember –
1.) Before you start to assemble something new make sure that you take everything out of the packaging, organize the parts and familiarize yourself with them.
2.) As you assemble the thing orient it so that it is turned the same way as the drawing/pictures in the assembly instructions.
3.) Slow down and move deliberately.
4.) Read the instructions slowly and carefully
Get Outside everyday!
You have to know what this is –
You may notice that it’s starting to look a little dark out in the picture. Please don’t be afraid to go out walking in the woods at night. The woods are another world at night.
I don’t do the religion thing. I don’t care what you do or whether you do anything at all. But this dandelion flower to me is like Proof of God. I don’t even like the word “God” because it is too limiting. But looking at this perfectly symmetrical flower you just know that there has to be a Major Force at play. It’s like a perfect geodesic dome. Then you think that it is a way for the plant to propagate. And in order to do all that it had to look nice enough to attract bees and other buzzies to pollinate it. Amazing. There is your Proof.
And since we are on the subject of dandelions you do know that the dandelion is mighty yummy. The flowers make a brightly colored dandelion wine. Imagine cracking a bottle of dandelion wine during a cold January day. I like the young leaves added to salad. People say dandelion leaves can be bitter, but they’re not as bitter as arugula. If they’re too bitter for you just boil them a bit. Some folks dip the flowers in batter and fritter them up. Root tea has a ton of medicinal uses, but you would know that if you read my entry on field guides and had your own field guides. And I’ve read that you can roast the root till brown, grind it and use it as a coffee substitute.