I know I have been absent from the blogosphere for quiet some time, but it usually takes just one stupid incident to bring me back. So here's what happened: I was creating a fabulous omelet the other night and I thought, "some tortillas would be great with this". Of course, I used to have a gas stove so when the tortilla monkey struck, I'd just pop one on the open flame to give it that wonderful crispy taste. But now I have a fancy schmancy black glass electric cook top. Previously I'd tried crisping one directly on the glass - it took me an hour to get the burnt tortilla off the glass so that wasn't an option. The cleaning ladies had hidden all the skillets again (save the one I was using for the omelet) so I came up with the bright idea of putting some foil over the element so the tortillas wouldn't stick. I was very proud of myself for being so smart! Well apparently aluminum foil melts at a very low temperature (I missed that day in chemistry!) and so while my tortillas were crisping, the foil melted to the cook top. Here's how it looked:
After work yesterday I arrived home arms loaded with possible options to take the metallic mess off my cook top. (We got BarBQue too because of course there could be no cooking while I was working on this project). My trusty sidekick, Obiwan Helper Dog (Rocko) stood ready to assist:
I surveyed the players which consisted of : Crisco spray oil, WD-40, Drano, Goo Gone, and Easy Off. I also had the cleaner recommended by the manufacture which I'd tried the night before. The Windex was to clean off each chemical in between tries because I didn't want to fumigate myself by mixing chemicals. I also had a razor blade as a last resort but I DID NOT want to scratch the cook top.
I tried each on in turn and the drano was pretty good at getting some of the metal off but it wasn't too good to my skin (I know I could have worn gloves, but I forgot them at the store so I just went with it - it also bleaches out anything it touches so my purple shirt is a gonner). The oil actually helped flake some of the aluminum off and the WD-40 was even better. I was also surprised at how well the WD 40 conditioned the cook top. It made what scratches there were hardly noticeable. The goo gone was a joke and so was the easy off. I tried the easy off cold and hot. The cold was fine, but the hot I would not recommend as it left a shadow on the cook top. Here again gloves would have been a good idea. So here's how it looked after two rounds of everything:
Not as bad but still not usable. Then I got the bright idea of using the WD-40 AND the razor blade...it kept the blade from scratching the surface and did a great job:
What does this have to do with writing? Not a damn thing, but it serves as yet another illustration of how far I can go to avoid writing on my next book!