We have a printer here at the office, as I’m sure many of you do too. We have lots of dust here, none of you have as much as we do I’m sure of that. We produce enormous amounts of dust from our production areas that always weasels its way up here. We have to clean said printer nearly weekly to rid it of dust to keep it printing happily. If we don’t clean, it starting printing lighter and lighter til it stops printing altogether.
I opened that bad boy up today and while I was spraying around with the canned air. The little stick came off the can, fell inside the printer to a space that cannot be reached by normal humans. You know, that little plastic stick thing that you use to get the air into places that you didn’t realize even dust could get in to? Yeah it was down in there, way down in there. Once we sent a small expedition of Malaysian Water Bugs armed with very small micro-fiber towels to clean that area, but nothing since then. This stick is stuck. There is no way to get it out. I start by trying to disassemble the printer more, but quickly realize that without the schematic diagrams for the Mir space station, there was no way to get enough pieces off to get to the stick.
Alas, we have a stick stuck in our printer. I fired it up and didn’t hear it grinding on anything. The week is young though and so far has been full of disasters and disappointments.