Yes, Randy has added another tech to the household. But I am not complaining! Robbie finally bit the dust. He had gone through several spells of deciding he was done and heading home to the dock, whereupon he would fail to attach himself. He might or might not roam around and then just stop in the middle of the kitchen. Rosie was still doing her excellent job of mopping, but either she would mop with dog hair still not vacuumed (and you know what that looked like!) or else Robbie would not send her the signal that he was done. Either way, it was a mess. Randy tried fixing Robbie and did get him to return to the job a couple of times, but then, it was just time to say goodbye. In yet another of the giant corporate conspiracies where they just want you to buy a new whatever it was, they said they could not fix Robbie and we would just have to replace him. Clearly, that is not true, since Rando and J were able to do repairs twice that kept him running–after the company said he was unfixable. But I digress.
This time, Randy went back to the Roborock. You might remember The Rock from our second foray into robot cleaning. The Rock also had a mop function. Sometime later, Randy decided to get a roomba system, which had separate units doing the vacuuming and mopping. The roomba had docking stations for each, and self-emptied the vacuum into its bin. Rosie still had to be filled with water and emptied, but the system was very functional, until the day Robbie went wheels up for good.
Randy said we could not name the new guy the Rock, since we had already had one, so he would be Dwayne. Sometimes, Randy’s humor is lost of me and I said, “Dwayne? Like Dwayne the bathtub?” Duh. Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson, who of course, now just goes by Dwayne. Dwayne–being so famous now, is the priciest robot system we have ever had, each one costing more than the last one. I said I did not care if it meant I was not doing the vacuuming and mopping. Dwayne arrived Friday.
You may recall that we designed the new kitchen to house a space for the robot docking stations under the counter.
Alas, Dwayne being muscle dude like his namesake, was bigger and took up more room. If the docking station went there, you would not be able to sit at the counter. Randy tried at the end of the counter, by the electric plug. Nope, stuck out too far. He moved the water cooler and placed it next to the pantries, where the original docking stations were prior to the renovation.
I will have to figure out how to revise the way this end looks now, as this is just not working for me. It was perfect for the water cooler, which had the lamp on top and my tapestry I got during the great RV camping trip to Florida. Now, it is all unbalanced. I am working on what might help it not scream “big robot docking station” so obviously, but it is not as pressing at the moment as the other stuff I am working on. One has to make sacrifices for bigger and better technology, and granted, I surely do not want to have to vacuum and mop these floors every day myself.
That’s the excitement for today and I am off to the shower and the grocery store, the recycle delivery, and maybe the inspiration for what might work in this corner. Labor Day–they are all like that currently.