Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nuttiness and Air Conditioning

The world, as I'm sure you know, is full of nutty people. And now anyone can write a blog and spew their nuttiness out into the great void. Cheryl and I love to discuss these people and their nutty ideas. In particular, Cheryl teaches her students how to spot hoaxes on the web and how to use critical thinking when looking for information (she's a librarian on a mission).

It's a big responsibility being the only two sane people in the world, but we do our best. (Actually, I'm the only sane one but it's easier if I just pretend about Cheryl.)

So, I took it with some skepticism when I read on the internet that new hardwood flooring needs to "rest" in your house for 3 or 4 days before you install it. Immediately I assumed the blogger suffered from that acute, anal-retentive nuttiness often found in people with too much time on their hands. You know these people. They always have to pick up their clothes off the floor and make the bed every morning. Please.

I did more research and found a consensus on this point--wood flooring needs to sit for several days to adjust to the environment in your house. After all, in all of its time on earth, the wood has been outdoors or in a humid warehouse. If you install the wood on its first day home, it will then contract and leave cracks.

So I was wrong. Oddly enough, I was not able to believe the first writer because I am impatient to get started. It was not what I wanted to hear. I had to hear the bad news from several writers to convince me, and now it makes perfect sense.

Which brings me to the debate last night. Obviously Obama won. He won because I wanted him to win. He and I are possibly the only sane people on earth. And you have to admit that McCain is a nut sometimes.

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