Yesterday's email correspondence between me and Chris:
Good morning - any chance you have my library card?
There's a very good chance...even a certainty.
You library card stealer!
Were you thinking desk lamp or floor lamp for the office?
Desk. With dimming capability ;-)
Are you sure you don't want to reconsider? I think the floor lamp
does a better job of lighting the room, since we only have one light.
(Although I suppose there is no law preventing the application of both
a floor and desk lamp.) (Is there? I would hate to go to prison for
inappropriate lamping.) (What do you get for that? 8 to 12?) (Maybe
they would plea bargain me down to 5 if I did another 3 years
community service speaking to school children about the dangers of
over-lampage.) (Is this going to be one of those times where I feel I
am being devastatingly clever and you are giving me that look and
waiting for me to be done?) (Mia says hi.)
Over- or inadequate lampification would be unfortunate. I originally went for the desk option as it can typically be dimmed however, upon further consideration, a floor lamp has many of the same capabilities. In short, either would work. The current lighting situation concerns me in that the room is either
a) too bright making me feel as though I'm working on the computer on the surface of the sun (although slightly cooler) or
b) dark, and I feel incredibly lonely and scared.
Any lighting solution bridging the gap between those two luminous extremes would be a plesant alternative.
While I didn't find any federal legislation discussing lighting and the legality of the strengths or weaknesses of such lighting, I did manage to stumble upon an obscure Virginia statute from the 1800s which says, in part -
Inadequacy of lighting in any domicile and/or place of business shall be adequate, commensurate with the lighting needs of the primary occupants. Whosoever violates this ordinance shall be flogged mightily and fined two fertile sows.
So, unless you're ready to cough up a couple pigs, I think we better get the right lighting in place.
(Tell Mia hi)