Bitch on the Blog

April 23, 2014


Filed under: Atmosphere,Errors,Ethics — bitchontheblog @ 18:11

You know how they say inventions come about when something is missing in your life? Ask Dyson. He clearly detests vacuum cleaner bags. Or Edison. Edison reminds me of my father: Never ever give up. Eventually you’ll see the light.

What I’d like to know is what is missing in MY life. Whatever it is I’ll invent it. I’ll find an engineer to put it into practice. I have already found an investor. A photographer (the Angel). I’ll do my own prose, read the small print, wipe my brow and clean the toilet after hours. That’s the easy part.

The hard part: The idea. I have so many. Yet none. It’s why I hate choice: Be confronted with too much and leave with nothing.

I once invested an awful lot of money on someone else’s very good idea/invention. Don’t cry for me. It was well worth it. Not materially. As the loss adjuster would say: It was money down the drain. Problem was, and it taught me a ‘valuable’ lesson, I didn’t understand the product. Not for the life of me. Though I wanted to. Never mind. Once you find yourself on a steamer without a port keep steaming. Full fog ahead.




  1. Edison’s genius was to tie so many peope into his invention factory and using other peple’s brain power..

    Have no idea as to what could be missing from yourlife except a garden….. now, how about inventing a hanging garden? Darn, I have some good ideas sometimes.

    Comment by magpie11 — April 23, 2014 @ 18:26 | Reply

    • I don’t know anything about Edison other than his light bulb. And now I am hemorrhaging money down electricity. It’s quite fantastic. And I am not someone who counts the pennies. Unless I have to. Or wastes resources. But, by golly, energy suppliers do have you over a barrel these days.

      Other than that: You are right: Garden. Becoming a little obsessed with it now. Being spring. Not helped by your “hanging” or someone telling me they have a balcony. Still. All in good time. “Good things will come to those who wait.” Patiently waiting for that home truth to come true.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 25, 2014 @ 21:20 | Reply

  2. All good ideas and/or inventions do not translate into products or services for which people would be willing to pay. And that is where most of us go wrong thinking that what appeals to us will appeal to the guy on the street. If we are honest, all of us would have committed that mistake a few times, unlike your only once.

    Comment by Rummuser — April 24, 2014 @ 01:10 | Reply

    • Yes, Ramana. But there are people selling ice to Eskimos.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 25, 2014 @ 21:10 | Reply

  3. The things that are missing from my life are generally things beyond my control and any amount of invention won’t bring them about. I refer to things like serious writing skills, better conversational skills and more warmth and sunshine. You can make the most of what you already have but you can’t conjure up what simply isn’t there.

    Comment by nick — April 25, 2014 @ 20:40 | Reply

    • “… things beyond my control and any amount of invention won’t bring them about”. Indeed, Nick, that which is beyond our control we can’t do anything about. Like, say, thunder and lightening, or hailstones. Which is why I have given up on umbrellas. And, following my own logic, I should invent an umbrella which withstands all wet stormy ills down here. I am not surprised any longer the Titanic sank.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 25, 2014 @ 21:07 | Reply

  4. As you probably know, Ursula, the Titanic sank because of a long chain of human errors that could easily have been avoided if the Captain and senior crew were doing their jobs properly. There was a lot of complacency and hubris, including the Captain’s decision to go at top speed to get to New York as quickly as possible, despite all the iceberg warnings.

    Comment by nick — April 26, 2014 @ 07:17 | Reply

    • My dear Nick, indeed I do know all about the Titanic. Not least because I live round the corner from the Titanic’s shipping office. And the – by tourists – much photographed pub where some of the soon to drown sailors had their last pint of beer before sailing is right in the line of my daily vision.

      I’d love to throw in:”Less haste, more speed.” But that wouldn’t chime with what you (quite rightly) said. On a side note: I do have a deep seated suspicion (which is different sentiment to ‘fear’) of ships, indeed anything to do with water. Which, knowing my luck, means I’ll probably end up drowning. That would be the joke of a life time.

      So, Nick to stick with the subject: What would YOU like to invent?


      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 26, 2014 @ 07:35 | Reply

  5. I’d like to invent a machine that sucks up dust from every room in the house without the need to take it from one room to another. I’d also like an oven/ hob that senses when the food is cooked and automatically turns itself off.

    Comment by nick — April 26, 2014 @ 13:02 | Reply

    • My sentiment entirely, Nick. However, I up you and raise the stakes: Sometimes I wish I could stuff everything – the whole household, not least myself and certain events of my life – into a washing machine. Cycle “Delicate” 40 degree Celsius. Press “Start”. One hour later: As good as new. All stains removed. In absence of an outdoor washing line Into the tumble dryer. Sun shining through spanking clean windows. Brill.

      One lives in hope.


      PS A recurring recent nightmare of mine (as in ‘dream’), and I know it’s idiotic: All my washing is in the machine and I can’t open it. Enough of this week’s confessional. Sometimes I envy how lightly Catholics are being let off when Protestants just slough on with not a rosary in sight.

      Comment by bitchontheblog — April 26, 2014 @ 15:41 | Reply

  6. Too many choices can be crippling. It is much easier to choose between two instead of two hundred.

    Comment by reneejohnsonwrites — April 28, 2014 @ 00:48 | Reply

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