Friday, April 11, 2008
On the topic of things that really hack me off: the light bulb in my garage burned out a month ago, so I went to Lowes and got a new one. It was one of those twisty-type bulbs that have mercury in them which are so much better for the environment. Fine, I thought. I'll pay $5 for a $2 bulb and do my part to save some polar bear cub. But here's the trick--when you turn on the light, pretty much NOTHING HAPPENS. At least for a while. I swear, a family of fireflies gives off more light than one of these bulbs the first 3 minutes after you turn it on. Thereafter, it warms up nicely--which would be fine if this bulb were in my living room and was staying on for an hour after I hit the switch. But this is the garage. If I flip on the garage light at night, it's pretty much so I can walk out for 30 seconds and throw out the trash or retrieve something left in the car... all I want is to be able to see what I'm doing and not stub my toe. No chance of THAT anymore. Thanks, polar bears!