I WAS INNOCENTLY WASHING CLOTHES last night when, a few minutes into the cycle, a gigantic clunking took hold and sustained itself inside my washing machine. So annoying was this, I was compelled to get up and peer inside... only to view nothing less than a bloody great dagger held fast and lodged inside the rubber seals of the door and methodically stabbing at and slowly shredding my clothes with each turn of the drum.
Dagger ~ shmagger. OK it was my missing Ikea kitchen knife. The one that left a gaping hole in my new knife block. But it's the nearest to a dagger that i possessed. And as much as anything the handiest one.
To say I was upset to catch it destroying my clothes in the washing machine is something of an understatement. I could not get the door open for love nor money. What if a small child had been in there? Or a puppy? Surely they have some system for prematurely opening machines mid-cycle?
In the end I turned it off. No luck with the door even after waiting the requisite three minutes. I finally did get it open ~ with a machine full of grey water, by turning the dial clockwise to the cycle's end, then waiting again. And finally I got my knife back ~ clothes seemingly relatively unharmed.
I shall be writing to Ikea about the bluntness of their chopping knives for this.
Then this morning I left home in a hurry. Door failed to close so I slammed it hard.
Got back and not a single key I found would open the lock.
Of course my in-house neighbours were nowhere to be found when I took to banging downstairs windows... etc. This is one of those double-glazing-type doors where the lock comes out at several points down the frame. Right at the bottom a lever was on display: bent through the frame and stuck. I got it inside. Kept banging at the door turned backwards (facing the street) with my backside. I'm gald I had the intuition to do this because eventually something went click. Key entered. Key turned. And hey presto! In I went!!
But very upset at the occasion...
Ignore this: the link is for my own use... old shorthand manuals at http://gregg.angelfishy.net
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