Monday, October 5, 2009

Swept Up...

David learned something new this weekend.

And as did I.

But what I learned is that David, despite having used the vacuum cleaner for quite some time, really was not aware of all it was capable of doing.

Until Saturday morning.

After redoing the tile in the den, the only carpet left in the house is a couple of rugs and the floor of the closet upstairs.

The same closet with the litter box.

I could have gotten by with never having vacuumed this closet, I'm sure, if I had not put that damn litter box up there.

But, sigh, this is where it is.

And Tatumbell has a nasty habit of kicking out the litter every time he uses it.

So the vacuum cleaner is necessary.

While upstairs, I asked David to bring me the vacuum cleaner so I could attack all the little litter pellets all over the floor.

So he did, and even offered to vacuum it for me while I was busy cleaning something else.

So he started it up, and got to work.

He quickly turned it off.

"What's wrong?" I asked. "That didn't take long."

"It's friggin' broken already. Not picking up anything."

We just bought this one in May.

There's no way it's broken.

"Are you sure?"

"Yes, I'm sure, I know when something is broken"--it was before noon, he was still a bit cranky...

So I tried it too, and immediately figured out what was wrong.

Now I don't know if all vacuum cleaners have this feature, but the last couple of ones I have had, do.

The knob on the front that changes the height of the vacuum depending on what type of floor you are trying to clean.

It was set to "wood floors."

Not a carpet setting obviously.

"Oh, it's cause the setting is on 'wood floors', not carpet."

His answer? "What are you talking about? That makes no sense to me."

Oh dear.

I had to give a quick tutorial on this knob on the front of the vacuum cleaner.

"Have you not seen that there before now? What did you think it was for?" I asked, trying really hard not to laugh at his ignorance.

"I dunno...decoration?"

Luckily, he knows now.