Fiction can either be a mirror reflecting you back to yourself or it can be a clean pane of glass looking on the outside. Neel Mukherjee
When I put something on my car, particularly when it has adhesive, I want it to adhere. But there is a “But” which tends to cause competing expectations. (I want something to stay where I put it. But, if I want it moved, it should be easy to remove and relocate.) I spent a week deciding the best place to mount a dashcam, reading the California statutes governing such things and then mounting it. But after a spate of cooler mornings, I was annoyed that the corner where it was mounted did not “defrost” – I think the dash air vent was blocked by the camera -and wipers do not reach that corner on the outside. Nothing worse than a camera looking through “whiteout” conditions for the most perilous part (starting out) of a commute.
So I decided to move it. I planned what I would need. I ordered replacement 2-sided sticky pads. I was able to pry the camera mount from the lower left corner of the windshield but the sticky residue and part of the pad remained. What do I use to get THAT off? Before I rearranged the garage I had a cabinet full of lubricants, adhesives, glass cleaners and car stuff. I couldn’t remember where I moved them. But I reasoned I can always go to a Lowes -they have all that stuff.
So I moved it. A new position top center right of the mirror. In less than a day, the mount ceased sticking just as I was pulling out. Camera (and mount) fell. I have a nice recording of my dash, my lap, and a
ticked off startled driver.
And now I have two gooey black squares on the windshield to clean. For three days commuting, my eyes are drawn to irritating blotches on the glass. This is a life lesson. I started with the end in mind – put a dashcam in my car. However, I did not engineer. Observe, Weigh options. Test. Read the directions.
I have “goo” remover now. And more adhesive sticky tape. Calm will return to the center of my universe.
My dad used to say.”When all else fails read the instructions.” He was an engineer by the way.
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worse still, is when my eldest son – now grown men – will chide me. Glad he wasn’t there this morning when it took me ten minutes to attach new wiper blades – how hard could it be!? haha
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hahah oh God! I could just feel the frustration oozing from the page!!
looking back now I am having a great chuckle over all of it. I have NOT decided to put the camera back up until I do a little more “research”. Or I may just hold off. other things have my focus at the moment.
It’s a 15 second attention span that Dexter has gifted me … …..SQUIRREL! …
where was I? Thanks!