“It doesn’t close properly,”I informed the trained technician who was carefully sizing up my garage door. “It’ll lower until it gets about a half a foot off the ground, and then it just springs back up again.” He requested a demonstration. More than happy to oblige, I hit the remote. The garage door hummed down and kissed the floor. Click. “Uh, hang on a second.” I hit the remote again, raising the door, then hit it again. The garage door reversed direction and lowered, settling down gently. Click. SONOVA – !!! For the first time in its 2+ years of operation, the damn thing was actually working! And it just happened to be working the one time I finally call in a repairman. I scanned the garage for the gremlin that was no doubt rejoicing over my misfortune. Perhaps sensing my frustration, the technician leaned in for a closer look, pulled out a wrench, and proceeded to make some minor adjustments. He took out a screwdriver and gave one of the buttons at the back of the central remote a half-twist. He sprayed lubricant on the coils. And, oh yeah, replaced the wall unit’s shattered panel (Now THAT I could prove was broken.). He checked to be absolutely sure. The garage door rose, then lowered without a hitch. All five times he tested it.
Well apparently, the problem was solved (as most problems tend to be solved) by a good night’s sleep. Alternately, it’s also possible that the remote, still stinging from yesterday’s right cross, thought better than to provoke me again. So I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to hear that my garage door is working. For now.
Guess who was at the Bridge Studios for a costume fitting today? None other than Jason Momoa, a.k.a. Stargate Atlantis’s Ronon Dex. And he was sporting his new do. As many readers of this blog (and fans of the show already know), Jason cut off his dreadlocks at the end of season 4 because they had started causing him neck problems. According to Jason, without the six pounds of hair that had been weighing him down (6lbs!), he felt strangely unbalanced at first. Nevertheless, he readjusted and has been enjoying the freedom and feel of his new look. However, very soon, he’ll be undergoing the two day/16 hour process that will re-attach the dreads for our season premiere. For continuity’s sake, his character has to have them in for our first episode – but I have given him the option of losing them completely later in the season. Although many, especially Jason, feel that the dreads are a unique part of the Ronon character, the ultimate decision as to whether he keeps them or not will rest with him. It’s his neck after all.
I’ve been working on a little side project I hope to unveil tomorrow, so I’ll have to skip the mailbag yet again today. Hopefully these pics of Jason Momoa will tide you over.
And, by the way, yesterday’s post beat the standing traffic record of 10 691 views for this wordpress blog (set on January 24, 2008). The new record = 12 709 views. Boy, do you guys love that Carl Binder!