"Whut? Where? O my God, I've gone blind! No, wait, I must've overslept. Where did I put that flashlight?"
He then did an extended schtick finding the flashlight, shaking it when it didn't work, pointing it this way and that, fumbling around in drawers looking for batteries, stumbling into and over things, etc.
I also have had sufficient reasons to cuss a flashlight from time to time, but I'm always buying more. And rather than blame my glasses, or my mind's eye, I'm more than willing to blame the fact that I just don't have the right gadget yet. Walmart is the motherlode of easy gadget solutions for me, mainly because they take back readily all the ones that don't seem to work. On this trip I've been on a quest for just the right light to shine on things, and I've had my ups and downs.
I installed a number of fluorescents in the Daze: one large one above the Reading Room, a couple of battery units in the trailer, and a small battery powered one in place of the dim DC light in the hood above the kitchen stove. I also found a clip-on LED number that attaches to the visor for map reading, etc. And one of my neighbors had an LED flashlight that clipped to the bill of his ball cap, leaving his hands free. Five dollars at Walmart. Of course I had to have one, and ended up with the $15 model with 3 LEDs.
But the most aggravating problem with light has involved the light from inside the Daze that shines outside. The eyes may be the window of the soul, but I don't want any souls out there in the dark watching me take a shower. I really don't want to be responsible for what that might do to their mental health. The usual thing is to have curtains or mini-blinds for privacy. The Daze has efficient blackout roller shades in the rear, and they work well. But there are mini-blinds in the kitchen, and the bath has only a vinyl curtain. It makes for an unpleasant clutter.
In particular, I hate mini-blinds. They are near impossible to get clean without damaging them, and to have them behind where you cook really exacerbates the problem. And any curtain that extends into the tiny shower just cuts down on your turnaround room. I determined to get rid of both for a utilitarian, cleaner, no-nonsense look.
I used Contac paper. I got the "Frosty" pattern from Home Depot, which is impressed with small squares that diffuse the light, letting in plenty during the day, but making things inside completely obscure to anyone looking in during the night.
Here's the two fixtures before:
|Bath Window Curtain|
And here is how they look after the Frosty treatment:
|The "Clean Look" Kitchen|
|And the same in the shower.|
The view from outside is righteously obscured, even when all the inside lights are on.
I call this modification a success. It was easy to do, the contac paper can be removed and/or replaced, and it is easily cleaned with a swipe of paper towel and Windex. As for looking outside, all I have to do is slide open the window. Both these windows are inconvenient to look out of anyway, and as far as I am concerned are there merely to admit light, or, in the case of the bath, ventilate. They still readily do that.
This suggestion, which came from Andy Baird, gets the Bob Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Your mileage may vary.
I also got a little carried away with this idea when I applied Frosty to the bottom 2/3 of the Coach entrance door window. It did make it impossible to see in, but I didn't reflect how much I used that window in driving. It is right behind the passenger seat. I depend on looking around to see who is coming up to the right as I turn left, and without it would find turning into a 4 lane street a problematic thrill, like a blind corner on a mountain road.
I prefer not to run good ideas into the ground, so I took the contac paper off that window.