It’s easy to innocently make a mountain out of a mole hill, isn’t it?
I recently stopped at what I thought was a garage sale. There was ‘stuff’ piled near the end of a neighborhood driveway and I saw two people carrying more things to deposit on the blacktop. I thought they were setting up for a sale and I had seen something that I wanted to ask about, so I did.
The husband said, “Just take it! It’s free!” In response to my quizzical expression, he and his wife then took turns telling me the story of the stuff on the driveway and why it was free.
At the end of all that, I took the item to my car and put it in the back. I was very grateful for that particular item, so I walked back to hand the couple some money. They didn’t want to accept it, but I convinced them to take it.
As I turned to leave, the husband said, “Hang on a sec! Do you want this too? It’s great and it still works. We just don’t need it.” It was an Aerobed. The timing was perfect! Goodnight was having a sleepover that night and the Aerobed sounded like a better solution than the sleepover options I have used over the years, so I accepted it . . . with no instructions on how to use it.
I figured out the inflation process easily: plug it in and then push the switch until enough air went in to make it firm. Goodnight said the bed was a hit. She tested it out before her BFF arrived. The sleepover came and went and the bed was moved to my room so I could clean it, deflate it, wash the cover, and put it all away for the next time.
Here comes the mountain/mole hill part.
I was stumped as to how to get the air out. What do I know? I have blown up beach balls and to deflate them, you open the plug and push. I have blown up basketballs and bike tires and the air knows how to leak out by itself. But the bed?
Well . . . I spotted an opening with a cap screwed on and decided that was how the air needed to come out, except that the cap was screwed on very tight. Below is a photo of the ‘mountain.’ I huffed and I puffed and tried to get the cap off, with no success after several tries. The bed stood upright in my room as if to taunt me while I pondered if my pipe wrench would open wide enough to provide enough torque to open the cap.
But . . . I decided to use technology to my advantage and checked online for instructions on how to deflate an Aerobed. Turns out it was a very good thing I could not unscrew the cap. There is a MUCH simpler way to get the air out . . . with just the push of a button – the ‘mole hill’. It might be hard to see, but the easy-push button is in the center of the black area directly below the red writing. I don’t mind making some mistakes. They give me a good laugh at myself and keep me humble . . . very humble. The bed is clean, deflated, and stowed away for the next sleepover and the next time, I will choose the mole hill over the mountain!
I’m not worried, though. There will be other mountains. ~