no. 579 – Useful For His Own Purposes

Necessity may be the Mother of Invention, but Desperation is the Father.

Case in point:

A few weeks ago we got quite a nasty ice storm. Luckily it wasn’t like last year where we lost electricity, but enough to lose the TV.

We have satellite dish at our home since the city cable doesn’t run out that far. Because of the direction of the ice storm, that poor dish became coated in a thick crust of ice, effectively blocking any signal. It was a weekend. Mr. DD was beside himself.

After futilely hoping that the early afternoon’s warmth (ha! 31 degrees F is not "warmth") would melt enough of the ice to allow a picture-signal to come up, Mr. DD sought out the Big Guns.


He filled one of XBoy’s Super Soaker water rifle (it’s no water "gun") with hot water from the tap and opened the window next to the dish and repeatedly squirted it down.

Oh, yeah, it worked.

So there you go. Get yourself a Super Soaker for all kinds of household emergencies. Too bad I can’t use it to get rid of the last half-dozen ladybugs camping in the corner of my ceiling well out of reach.

9 thoughts on “no. 579 – Useful For His Own Purposes”

  1. see, i would think the water would freeze over top of the ice, thus compounding the problem. obviously mr dd knows something i dont!

  2. genius!
    We lived on a mountain in a very wooded area before we had our twins. Our dish would go out at any little rain cloud, or snow fall. E’s genius idea was to attach an umbrella above the dish to keep what little signal we had.

    Yeah, it blew away like I said it would.

  3. When my ex and I lived in the country, he would try to de-ice the dish before shoveling the sidewalks and porch. He had his priorities.

    And I loath lady bugs…loath them. They infested my log cabin. Ugh.

  4. Men are creative, aren’t they?

    The other day I killed two crickets in my house. WTF! It’s winter! I’ll ship ’em to you next time – they can hang out with the lady bugs.

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