|This is not a recommended Kindle holder.|
But today, I bring you perhaps the most perplexing problem we have ever tackled: How to keep cat hair out of the rim of your Kindle.
You see, the Kindle is an impressive product. I've had mine for about a month, and it still delights and entrances me when I pick it up. (Hands-free reading! Hundreds of books at my fingertips! Text to speech! Changing font sizes!) But man, I cannot keep cat hair from getting caught in the miniscule space between the rim and the screen. Observe:
|Fur, not fear, is the mind killer.|
"But Sara," you say. "How hard can it be to get a few strands of cat fur out of the frame? You're getting upset over nothing!"
You'd think that, but let me walk you through the cat hair removal process:
You start by trying to blow on it to dislodge the stray fur. That never works. Then you try to grab it between your fingers, but you can't get a hold of it. Next, you gingerly try to slide it out with your finger, as lightly as possible so you don't smudge the screen. Then when that doesn't work, you give up worrying about smudges and press harder, but that still doesn't work.
So you mutter and you curse and you haul yourself up off the couch to get a specialty tool that's been precision-engineered for the job: any piece of paper. Yes, sliding a piece of paper between the screen and the frame usually dislodges the offending cat hair.
So, OK, it's an easy fix. But now that I have an e-reader, I no longer need to use slips of paper as bookmarks. How ironic that I still need to keep them on hand to de-fur my Kindle!
|Archie: found en route to the gym. Zoe: found near my husband's office.|
I'm not giving up my cats, of course. But I'm not willing to give up my Kindle, either. I guess my reading experience will just be a little hairy from here on out.
P.S. Cat haters: I'm betting dog fur is just as bad. Plus, every house has a little detritus floating around. Does anyone else have trouble keeping their Kindle debris-free?