Not only did we benefit from minimizing our hosting efforts and just focusing on a few, select treats, but when confronted with the most elusive, and stubborn drain clog I've ever encountered, I also discovered that you don't always need a fancy weapon to get the job done. Sometimes all you need is a club!
I recently purchased this very economical two-ball flail on E-bay. It was 'OK' in its original state, but I bought it with the idea of doing some tweaking.
Here's what became of that initial purchase: TWO single flails, both upgraded with better chain, and fancier handles. THIS was my other project I had been working on.
Flails are a version of a simple agricultural tool that made their way into the Medieval arsenal. They may not be as fancy as a multi-folded sword, but they got the job done, perhaps not elegantly........but efficiently.
So when I went to Home Depot today to find something to upgrade a very old motorized drain router that wasn't getting at my vicious clog, I expected to drop a couple hundred bucks. But when I saw a particular item and considered the problem I was having with that demon clog, I decided to go with simple brute force. Instead of a fancy new mechanized drain snake of medium diameter, I bought a hefty 1/2" thick, manual snake for under $30. And? It worked like a charm. In fact I am convinced that if I had purchased a $200 tool, I would have run into the same issues I was having with my old one. This job simply called for muscle.
Similarly, when Ana handed me my "Father's Day" discipline slip (after Father's Day), she opted to only write her chosen amount: 618 (since Father's Day was 6/18) and leave the spanking details to her mother's whim. I haven't gotten them yet because of the parties and drain issue, but Rosa has seen the slip. It's just a matter of time and mood now. And Ana had her usual fun with the high amount......yet still managed to enjoy keeping things simple without making a slew of extra conditions.
And that's ALSO how our talk went about the 'zero tolerance' policy going forward. On one hand, Ana was thoroughly sold on ramping things up. (She really enjoys power......and predicaments that affect me) However, her only concern was that the 'zero tolerance' aspect sounded as if she didn't have a choice but was obligated to act on every issue......regardless of how she felt about it. She thought that could get tedious. I assured her that she need not be concerned and that she would ALWAYS retain the ability to choose to act, or not act, based on her own feelings and not be a slave to circumstance. I explained that all I really meant by 'zero tolerance' is that I would have no easy 'out' if she decided that even what I thought might be a minor outburst, resulted in her writing out a discipline slip.
Once she saw what this new policy really meant, she was happily on board. As a result, even as I worked on the demon clog, and had to bark orders to Rosa, Ana, and her brother................I was careful to try to stay civil. Frenetic maybe.....but without the nastiness I am prone to. With our new policy in effect......now with BOTH Rosa and Ana, any impatient and rude remark is sufficient grounds for a trip across Rosa's lap!