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How Many Months Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb? -- Writer's Poke #184

The florescent light in the bathroom worked fine, as long as you didn't switch it off. Doing so caused it to twitch and flicker. Sometimes it would come on full strength, but other times it wouldn't.

Our solution was a piece of grey tape. We put the grey tape over the light switch, and the light stayed on for six solid months.

The nearest Home Depot is only 3 miles away, and replacement bulbs cost less than $7. Swapping out a pair of florescent bulbs is not a major home improvement project, either. It takes about 5 minutes to unscrew the cover, take out the bulbs, and pop in the replacements.

Yet, no one wanted to go through the minor inconvenience of changing the light.

What's the most simple thing you've put off doing? For how long, and why?

"How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'." -- Martin Luther


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