"Beneath the cabinets in my kitchen is a row of fluorescent lights that
illuminate the countertops. One of those lights has decided to go all
Baghdad on me. It crackles and pops and blinks for the entire time it is on.
You might be thinking this is no big problem. All I have to do is change the
fluorescent bulb, right?
"My problem is that the light bulb is encased in some sort of impenetrable
container with no indication of how it opens. This is where a "handy" person
would take one look at it, squeeze the end of the container with his pudgy,
oil-stained fingers, slide open the nearest drawer, tap on the side of the
toaster with a wooden spoon, and the casing would fall open. The solution
would be "obvious" to someone with that sort of skill. Sigh.
"I go through life like Helen Keller in a room full of Rubic's Cubes. For
me, changing this light bulb is like figuring out how to sneak the Mona Lisa
out of the Louvre. The light casing has no latches, no buttons, no
instructions, no little holes to stick a screwdriver in, no clues
whatsoever. I have not ruled out the possibility that it came here from the
If you can help Scott (creator of the Dilbert comic strip), visit his blog
You might want to check Dilbert's Ultimate House (DUH).
(I especially like the keep and the subterranean access. Hell of a "safe