Bet you’re wondering what in the world that title means, huh? Well . . . normally, I’d be the last person in the world to talk about politics. In my list of non-interests or things that stress me out to talk about, “politics” sits at the top, right beside “taxes”. Start a conversation on either, and my eyes glaze over and I zone out.
The last time I took much of an interest in a presidential election was in 1988 – my senior year in high school and the first year I would be able to vote. Thankfully, my hubby is all over politics and knows what’s going on with the candidates – so, I usually depend on him to feed me just enough information to know who I should vote for these days.
Anyway, enough on that! The real matter at hand here is something that I want to complain about . . . the government! I mean, seriously, what were they thinking when they decided to regulate the type of lightbulbs that we can use? Really? Have they nothing better to work on down there in D.C.?! Seems to me that matters like the National Debt would be a bit more important, but whatever.
In any case, here’s my issue . . . I live in an old house and a lot of our light fixtures have exposed light bulbs. Up until the recent past,we always purchased those light bulbs that looked like candle flames (?) Anyway, with the new light bulb regulations, those aren’t available to us anymore. So, we started out trying what appeared (in the package) to be the next best thing. What is wrong with this picture? The shape of the bulb itself isn’t bad – but those words around the bottom?!? Why in the world would they do that? I mean, talk about tacky. And, my other complaint about these bulbs . . . they take forever to brighten up. C’mon people – I don’t have all day!
Then we discovered these babies. I mean, these things are as ugly as all get out, aren’t they? They, too, have the tacky label with words at the base. And that twirly appearance . . . well, quite frankly, it looks horrendous in our candle-like fixtures. But, their saving grace is this . . . when I flip on the light switch, I have immediate light. I like that. So, while I hate the way they look, I will choose them (for now) because of the whole “speed of light” issue.
Then, there are the non-exposed light fixtures in our house - the ones we’ve replaced over the years for whatever reason. Like the ceiling fan in our kitchen, for example. A few weeks ago, the bulb burned out and we needed to replace it. Brian went to put the shade back on and guess what? It won’t fit. All these new lightbulbs are just slightly longer than the old incandescent bulbs. So, now, we have exposed lightbulbs even on the fixtures that weren’t meant to be that way. Tacky? Indeed!
And that’s my rant for today! In order to abide by government orders, it seems that I’m going to need to replace all the light fixtures in my home. I wonder – do they have a tax credit for that?!