SUFE (Second Use For Everything)
Another Pedestal Fan left in the recycling room.
I plugged it in and listened as the Blades Groaned, rotating about ten degrees before giving up.
Unplugged the beast.
The previous owner can’t be bothered to Vacumn, Brush, or Rinse off the accumulated dust, so you know that they don’t have a clue about Cleaning and Lubricating the bearings.
Gross doesn’t even come close.
As an aside, the gunk reeks of Stale Tobacco, so I have a pretty good idea as to which of my five neighbours turfed this otherwise beautiful fan.
Take off the cover, rinse in a mild detergent solution in the kitchen sink.
Ditto the back cover.
Ditto, believe it or not, the motor after a re-confirmation that the device is unplugged AND my clad foot is firmly on the plug!
After a quick scrub-and-rinse under the hot tap, I stand the fresh-looking motor in front of a previously resurrected pedestal fan to dry out for an hour or two.
Then it stands in my warm apartment for twenty-four hours.
Then I oil it, re-assemble it and run it for a few days while I am in the apartment to make sure that it doesn’t seize up.
Forget about it being Blood and Gay Males. Think about “Discriminatory”.
We discriminate twenty-four hours a day and with good reason.
I could claim that I am being discriminated against by being forced to drive on the right-hand side of the road. I was raised and taught to drive on the left-hand side of the road, so this right-hand side business Discriminates Against my Cultural Background.
There is a good reason for a nation to adopt a rule of the road, to enact laws, to punish people who disobey the law of (Canada) drive-on-the-right. We believe that there is a strong chance that people might die if we didn’t all adhere to the drive-on-right law.
There is a good reason for a nation to adopt a rule of society, to enact laws, to punish people who pour poisons into the communal water-supply. We believe that there is a strong chance that people might die if we didn’t all adhere to the don’t-mess-with-the-drinking-water law. Although exceptions seem to be easy to come by if you are a mining company or a metals refiner.
There is a good reason for a nation to adopt a rule of the blood donations, to enact laws, to punish people who knowingly provide contaminated blood. “Contaminated” might mean HIV or it might mean that you have a jolly Bad Cold, or Influenza. Or any other form of sickness that might prove deadly to others – who by definition are already in a bad enough state to need a blood transfusion. We believe that there is a strong chance that people might die if we didn’t all adhere to the blood-donation law.
It is right to discriminate against parts of our society who step outside the lines of common-good for society. If you ride the subway in soiled pants, if you walk the streets with a knife or gun, if you ....
Discrimination is not at all bad, especially when it aims to keep the rest of us safe from Physical or Mental Danger.