A long time ago now, when I was still really a novitiate blogger, I wrote an entry called Saint Paul. One of the themes of that post was that I appear to be a trifle dyslexic, at least when it comes to mechanical things. I have always read well enough, at least to myself, but there are certain alignments of things that I don't seem to process very well. Then, about a year ago, I wrote about turning the thermostat on the fridge the wrong way. Unfortunately, my round-thing-turning-troubles are not ameliorating with the passage of yet another year.
The following picture depicts my latest defeat at the hands of said round things. The Mayo jar won't open (can you see the marks on it from trying?), and I've all but demolished the handy-dandy jar opener.
I really do know the righty-tighty-lefty-loosey memory hook and seem to be able to apply it perfectly well to hardware, but I can't seem to get the hang of it when it comes to round dials and lids. Just over the recent Christmas season, I wrecked the top to an expensive bottle of Bailey's by forcing it the wrong way. On the weekend, I turned the lid to the mayo jar righty-tighty before realizing the error of my ways making an adjustment — a too late adjustment, unfortunately. The damage had been done.
I had jammed the lid so tightly that nothing would budge it, not the rubber glove (which gives me a surer hand grip), or the super-duper-jar-opener. In fact, if you'll look carefully, you'll be witness to the fact that I applied so much force (little good did it do me) in my efforts that I managed to mangle and destroy said utensil (please observe handle). So, not only are we saddled with a useless and impenetrable jar of mayonnaise but with a broken jar opener as well.
As I said, I really get (no really!) that I should turn left to loosen things, but, somehow, I find it hard to grasp which way is which on a jar that circles forever around. I mean, it simply seems to my feeble brain that at some point left becomes right and vice versa.
I know that my lack of clarity in this makes no sense to the average reader, just as those ^&%$ lids make little sense to me.