Finally she gave up. The vent tubing is round and the outlet to the outdoors is oval. Plus the tubing seemed to be the same diameter as the dryer evacuation vent. She commanded me to check at a hardware store for a piece of tubing just a half inch larger. And if I could find something to deal with that circular vs. oval problem that would be good too.
At the hardware store I was quickly told that all tubing is the same size. But they did have a converter thing that was oval on one end and circular on the other. I bought it. SWMBO went at it again. More screaming ensued. She finally got the converter piece attached to the wall outlet and the tubing onto the other end of it. Massive amounts of duct tape made it seemingly secure. But she was having trouble getting the other end of the tubing onto the dryer. And besides, it seemed too long to coil up neatly behind the dryer. I finally told her to get out and I'd fix it. That involved moving the washer so I could get behind it, jamming the tubing down and cramming the dryer up against it. It ain't neat but I think it will work.
So, on to other problems.
We subscribe to DIRECTV and moved our equipment up here from Phoenix and one of the company's technicians installed it the day after we moved in. But we are in a smaller house than the one in which we lived in Phoenix. So instead of hooking up four television sets, we only needed three. Yesterday I called the company's office and after about 40 minutes on the phone got the fourth connector taken off our account. This morning we had no television on any of the sets. So I called them back and spent another 20-30 minutes on the phone with them and everything is back to working. Of course, DIRECTV is in a contract dispute with The Weather Channel and it doesn't appear right now. But I suspect that will be taken care of in time.
Anyway to know what the weather is doing, all I have to do is step outside and look at the sky. Today it's a bit gray.
It even looks like it could rain but there's none in the forecast.
By the way, once the sun is back out and the weather warms a bit I suspect this is where we'll be spending much of our time.
Our covered back patio, just large enough for a table, four chairs and a barbecue grill. I predict they will all be used in time.
Finally, it is time once again for some remarkable music. I am indebted to my friend and former colleague, Big Jeff, for making me aware of this man. Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian virtuoso of the style of guitar playing known as finger-picking. This is a great example of his talent. Enjoy.