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The lighter side of work

Today's big topic of conversation around the office has been mice.

A couple of months ago, Ginny had something nibbled. We hadn't seen any droppings or any other signs of mice, but everyone thought the hole in the bag looked like mice. I thought it looked more like a ripped bag, but my opinions generally aren't worth much.

A week or so ago, I noticed what might be mouse droppings in the basement. It registered just enough for me to think that it looked like everyone had been right about Ginny's food. I didn't think to mention it to anyone. Besides, I spend at most five minutes a day in the basement, and everyone else eats lunch down there. Anything I would notice would have to have been seen by the more observant people, right?

Wrong. Toni noticed today, and Carol investigated, and they discovered large quantities of mouse droppings. So, various disposal methods have been discussed, and nothing was decided. Since it's almost five and I haven't been sent to the hardware store yet, I have this feeling nothing's getting done this weekend.

However, apparently Ginny's really revolted by mice.

Meanwhile, I was out making a Starbucks run for the office, and noticed that my car's growling at me in that I-want-an-oil-change way. Since I'm not due for an oil change for another month, I think my major project for the weekend is going to be figuring out how to tell if my car is low on oil, and what to do about it if it is.

Those who know something about cars may now laugh at me.

And, since I was at Starbucks, the obligatory complaint: in what universe does "tall" mean small?

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palingyuan
May. 20th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
If you have your owners manual look up where to find your dip stick in it... then get a white rag, pull the dip stick out, and look where the oil line falls on it can use the rag to wipe it if you can't see.
collacentaur
May. 20th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
*nod* I've seen people do it before... and I know when they bought the car, they showed me where it is in mine, so I should be able to figure it out.

It's the fixing it that I'm more worried about. Isn't it possible just to buy oil and add it? Or is that something only car people should try to do? And is it going to be less expensive than paying someone to do it, or will I screw it up and have to spend more to fix my mistakes?
palingyuan
May. 20th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Yes you can buy oil at any gas station, or store that sells auto supplies. You ought to know what kind of oil is in your car currently and use the same, and can just add quarts until it reaches the fill line just be sure you are filling the oil not some other fill tank like the windshield washer fluid. It shouldn't cause any damage if you fill the proper tank.
collacentaur
May. 20th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, the tanks are all color-coded, so I shouldn't get the wrong tank if I manage to find the dipstick in the first place. I know the windshield washer fluid is see-through, so I can identify that one. :-)
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collacentaur
May. 20th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
It's on the list for the next time I take it to the mechanic. About once a year when I take it in, it's lower than it ought to be, and they tell me to keep an eye on it... but the next several times it's fine. Two changes ago they told me it was really low and I should check it weekly, because it might mean there was a problem. The last oil change, it wasn't low at all. Go figure.

If it has a light for this, it's never gone on. I'll check that in the book too, but I don't think that's something I have.

Then again, for all I know, the car could just be having issues with the weather front moving through today, the way I am. Goodness knows I'm growling a little when someone makes me move. (While that sounds silly, I am serious - it's a complex machine and it's entirely possible that pressure changes or humidity are the problem.)
amy_pearlman
May. 20th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Humidity or pressure can certainly affect a cracked seal. But get some oil in it...I got yelled at a lot last time mine was in.
amy_pearlman
May. 20th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
I think mouse viruses were in David's chemo.
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