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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 5:21 am 
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No, not the TV drama from when I was in short trousers.

I have Christmas dinner with friends and their families. Back before covid I was chatting with the person next to me when he pulled out his specs to read the jokes in his cracker. I bemoaned that I'd left my reading specs at home and the conversation carried on about specs. He told me he keeps a pair in most rooms, upstairs and downstairs. I'm sure it's not every room but the idea appealed. I now have (at least) one pair upstairs and downstairs.

This idea has spread to other items. I had a magnifying glass in the kitchen because the miniscule type on some packages need it. There is now one in the kitchen, living room and upstairs.

I bought a pair of USB headphones the other day and am pleasantly surprised at how useful they are. I have hearing difficulties and miss things on the TV. It's that or let the whole street listen. I can listen and wander with gay abandon. But now I'm thinking I need an upstairs and a downstairs pair.

This is getting potentially expensive. Though it does cut down on the "now what did I come upstairs for" moments.

Is anyone else using the upstairs and downstairs rule?

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I have an upstairs and downstairs hoover!

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I don't have an upstairs - simples !

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I keep a magnifying glass in the dining room (read office) and the kitchen. Working from home I have only small screens and I can only print drawings at A4 so need the magnifying glass to try and read an A1 drawing printed at A4. I also keep reading glasses on both laptops (mine and the company one) as otherwise I have to keep getting up when I leave them behind.

As you say, the instruction print on food packaging is ridiculously small. Why do they have to do that? I know they have to put a lot of nutrition info on there now but there is normally plenty of room for a decent sized font for instructions.

Good idea to keep some specs by the bed, need to do that. My wife is always reading her phone in bed and saying 'Look at this' and I can't read it.

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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2021 3:37 pm 
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niven wrote:
I have an upstairs and downstairs hoover!


We do too.

I like to have a spare for most things.. so we have a 3rd vacuum under the stairs too.

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We have upstairs and downstairs computers as well as dining table and sofa computers.


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GeoffR wrote:
We have upstairs and downstairs computers as well as dining table and sofa computers.


We are just having our upstairs lounge / snug being finished later this year after the builders had to move on some other projects.

Plan is either we can retreat, or the kids can claim when their friends come over.
Double bed and a sofa bed.
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Wifi/internet
Gameing box of some sort
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I have a pair of reading glasses by my bedside and another pair at work on my desk.
That's on top of the varifocals that I wear most of the time.
I also carry a pair of prescription sunglasses in each of the cars.

I have doubled up and in some cases tripled up on most of my tools as well.

There is a socket set in each of the cars, a larger set in each of the classics and a smaller set in XF daily driver.

I have a battery charger in the shed and another in the garage and so on....

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I have a pair of reading glasses by my bedside and another pair at work on my desk.
That's on top of the varifocals that I wear most of the time.
I also carry a pair of prescription sunglasses in each of the cars.

I have doubled up and in some cases tripled up on most of my tools as well.

There is a socket set in each of the cars, a larger set in each of the classics and a smaller set in XF daily driver.

I have a battery charger in the shed and another in the garage and so on....

I'm so glad it isn't just me

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Espin99T wrote:
I have a pair of reading glasses by my bedside and another pair at work on my desk.
That's on top of the varifocals that I wear most of the time.
I also carry a pair of prescription sunglasses in each of the cars.

I have doubled up and in some cases tripled up on most of my tools as well.

There is a socket set in each of the cars, a larger set in each of the classics and a smaller set in XF daily driver.

I have a battery charger in the shed and another in the garage and so on....

I'm so glad it isn't just me


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I have a toolbox in each of my (3) cars with a 1/4" drive socket set, spanner set, pliers, vice grips, pliers, screwdrivers etc, and a Torx T drive set in each Saab (not much use in a TR7). All the larger tool sets are in the garage. The only one without tools is my wife's car which is much newer and if she had a problem she would just call me.

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It's hair brushes in this house - I got so fed up with furiously hunting around in the morning so my daughter can brush her hair before school, getting later and later by the second, that I've basically added more and more brushes until now there is always one within 6 foot of me. Same with hair bands; have never used one myself but seem to hold the overall responsibility for provision of them for the girls in my life.

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2021 2:32 pm 
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I thought glasses and headphones were portable so can be taken with you wherever you go
Where does this end? A pair glasses everywhere you might frequent?

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2021 2:42 pm 
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Gaz38 wrote:
I thought glasses and headphones were portable so can be taken with you wherever you go
Where does this end? A pair glasses everywhere you might frequent?


They are but they also get forgotten, especially when you have different pairs for reading and distance.

I have lost count of the times in the past I have required sunglasses and realised I'd left them at home.

Hence why I now carry a pair in each car :D

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2021 2:44 pm 
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I thought glasses and headphones were portable so can be taken with you wherever you go
Where does this end? A pair glasses everywhere you might frequent?

They are. But are seemingly never within arm's reach when you want them. Like the TV remote. But having a spare remote upstairs seems :loco: :D

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If you promise not to tell anyone I'll confess to now wearing a pair of reading glasses with a string on them. Even outside the house sometimes. But as useful as that is if I can't find them in the first place...
I'm wearing them now.

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And phone chargers. We have stacks dotted about in every room on all floors and both cars. Bathrooms are the only room without them. It's very annoying going to plug your phone in and find someone has "borrowed" your charger.

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And phone chargers. We have stacks dotted about in every room on all floors and both cars. Bathrooms are the only room without them. It's very annoying going to plug your phone in and find someone has "borrowed" your charger.


That's daughters for you!

I was well chuffed when I got a phone with a USB C port, as the girls only had Micro USB devices. Now my youngest has a tablet with USB C port, I'm at risk? I managed this risk by giving her a USB C Plug/Lead from my first Nokia USB C phone. It's the only one that charges her device properly so I'm on a winner there. :mrgreen:

Otherwise, I have a charger by my chair in the front room with a C plug for both work and personal phone, and another in the bedroom in the USB socket, one in the car, and another two at work (for office and pool car) :lol:

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I'm slowly replacing 2-gang sockets with ones which have in-built USB slots. OK, my wife can still take the cables, but at least the 'charger' part is still there.


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Now I feel less bad about how much I spent on my inside/outside/upstairs/dowstairs/driving/reading/TV glasses...

And I can always find them, because if I can see, I'm wearing them, and if I can't, I'm asleep, or they are on the bathroom windowsill.

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I bought one of these to "manage" the USB charger problem. Though it looks to be for phones and tablets I had; a tablet, phone, Bluetooth headphones and a torch from Aldi hanging off it the other day.
My specs collection is mostly the £6 a prescription pair from the internet.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2021 4:22 am 
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First of all, I'm not the only one who does this, whoop!
Second, I see your upstairs, downstairs & in the car, I raise you "other people's homes that I visit regularly".
I'm a spontaneous, but forgetful person so at 3 or 4 houses of friends & family I have a "Wayne box" a small plastic box with spare specs, house keys, charger, medication. :corn:


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