Wrap it up

April 9, 2012


I’m sure that when I help Lloyd out he is secretly rolling his eyes because I’m not doing things the way he would. It takes me four times as long as it would take him, but hey – I’m doing it.

I got jobs like: ‘Here are two boxes of mice. Sort them out.’ I’d nod sagely like I knew just what he was talking about. He probably wanted them sorted by keeping the Xgrp Terglomatons from the simpler, laser-guided Brappermoghs, and of course, check if they connected via WTE or PMMNW.

I sorted them by color first, personality second.

I felt very judgemental.

The huge problem with trying to keep computer stuff organized is that every single thing has a cable that tangles up with other cables like robots playing Twister. Trying to find a way to contain them so that when you need to take one out of the box it won’t ruin all your hard work is next to impossible. I’d wind the cords around the mice and try to twist-tie the loops, or tape the cord to the mouse, or tuck the ends in the cords. Finally, near the end, I think I came upon a good method:

Twist tie down, wind wind wind....

Twist. Mouse cable secured.

After that, I was handed a laundry basket of cables that looked like they had actually been through the laundry, and as Lloyd explained the differences in the connectors so they could be sorted, my eyes rolled back in my head and I believe I drifted through time a little while. When I came to, I decided that if they were all neatened up via sailor-method, he wouldn’t notice that I didn’t actually know how to sort them.

Zoinks. This is just half of the mess.

Couple of loops:

I was actually told not to spend a lot of time trying to make it look nice.

Then start to thread the needle:

That's right. I took pictures.

And just keep threading that needle until it’s done.


Now you’re ready to go lasso the internets!

Round 'em up, pardner.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Wrap it up”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Hahaha! Excellent writing!

    I had a bunch of cables at home that I ended up just throwing away. Bad idea. Included in that pile were two power cables I actually needed. Maybe next time I’ll give you a call to see how to handle it.


    • Lloyd Said on:

      I have a whole stupid box of power supplies that I’m pretty sure I will never need again, but I’m scared to throw them out.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    You are a good & faithful padawan Lauren! Soon your training will be complete and you may hear Lloyd’s faint cry….Help me Obi-Wan Lauren, you’re my only hope!

    (I want that pink mouse.)


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