Periscope Depth

me and julio down by the schoolyard

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m living alone for the first time since college as of the start of June. Many of you feared that I couldn’t tolerate coming home to an empty home, or living without a friend to make noise and keep me company.

It turns out you were right.

Folks, let me introduce you to Master Wong.
master wong

Master Wong is a refurbished iRobot Roomba Scheduler. He arrived about a week before I left the old apartment and eagerly followed me to the Fortress of Solitude. Twice a week – Tuesdays and Fridays – he vacuums the entire apartment, one square inch at a time.

I have to clean Wong about once a week: brushing out his filter, emptying out his bin, clearing his brushes with a pair of scissors. The process soothes me: it’s a meticulous ritual with an obvious payoff.

Sometimes Wong gets confused and I find him sleeping in the middle of the floor when I come home. Then I pick him up and get him back to his dish so he can recharge.

master wong

If you want to invite a Roomba into your home, I strongly urge you to patronize a no-kill shelter like RoombaExchange. You can get a refurbished and guaranteed Roomba Scheduler 4230 – like Wong – for more than 20% off a new model. The unit does not have a huge amount of vacuuming power, I must admit. But really, a half-assed job of vacuuming twice a week beats the thorough job of vacuuming I’d do once every two weeks (presuming I remembered).

Plus, now I have a helpful robot in the home.

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