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A Survey

July 23, 2010

-Preventing James from attaining injuries more serious than an Angelina Jolie-esque fat lip plus Charlie Chaplin mustache scab: Success.
-Catching James’ puke on a towel rather than on my face: Success. Mostly.
-Avoiding pregnancy-induced kitchen disasters more embarrassing than lighting hamburger buns on fire: Success.
-Spending more than a month’s salary at Home Hardware all in one go: Success.
-Providing a supportive home base for J.D. after he spends his entire day scraping paint and discovering weird spray foam filled holes behind our kitchen cabinets: Success.
-Blogging about all these blog-worthy things: Fail.


Every time something happens that you all might find mildly entertaining, I file it under “That totally sucks but at least someone will find it funny.” And then I mean to later on place it here. I am currently using a straw to breath underneath the mountain of such items.

Here is a pretty good sum of our life these days:

There is some kind of private airplane pilot’s convention thing going on here and the last time there were this many airplanes buzzing around our skies, it was World War II (seriously). The other day, something like fifteen flew over our house one after the other and James nearly burst a vein it was that awesome. I asked him where he thought they were going and he told me they were all headed to Home Hardware to buy some things. Because that is what we do. Every day. Sometimes twice a day.

So when I drove past Home Hardware today (rarely do we just drive past) they had a flooring special advertised for this Sunday only. Wherein the floor we bought last Thursday would be over $1 cheaper per square foot. This means we spent, oh, $800 more than we would have if we had waited one week. J.D. went in there this afternoon to see if we could get the price difference back. The manager told him that he could return the floor for a refund and then buy it again for the sale price. J.D. walked him through the ridiculousness of this suggestion.

You want us to load up all 29 boxes, drop them off at the warehouse, do all the necessary paperwork to complete the return of over $2500 worth of merchandise, then re-buy the same merchandise for the new price, re-load ALL TWENTY-NINE BOXES BACK INTO THE CAR AND DRIVE THEM BACK HOME WHERE THEY SHOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT IN THE FIRST PLACE? The manager agreed to avoid these unnecessary steps and gave us an $800 gift card instead. Which is just fine because that is exactly where that money will end up anyway.

And now internet, I need your help.

Our new house conveniently came without a dryer. There is a clothes line which will be great for August but no one wants to put on socks fresh off the line in November. So, we advertised in the local paper for a dryer comma free or cheap. We’ve had two phone calls so far. Someone called with a six year old Samsung for $50. Then someone else called with a thirty year old Maytag for $20.

A dryer that still works after 30 years is pretty impressive and perhaps worth owning, if only as a topic to fill an awkward gap in conversation at a dinner party. And is anyone else surprised that Samsung is dabbling in home appliances? Who do we call when our dryer’s DVD player short circuits?

Tell me, where would YOU put the money you budget in order to not walk around damp everyday?

(*note: this was taken yesterday. The Charlie Chaplin scab-stache has since emerged. Oh, and I think the last time I posted a photo of James covered in blood, he was wearing the same expression. It’s his “scar in the making” face, I guess)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. j allen permalink
    July 24, 2010 9:38 am

    I think you should get both and donate the first one that dies to Science.

    • J.D. permalink
      July 24, 2010 4:37 pm

      YES! 240 volt heating element, motors, fans, large metal case… YES!

  2. jean permalink
    July 24, 2010 10:28 am

    The Maytag!! The Samsung is sure to have digital components which no doubt are very cool to behold and will fill in even unawkward moments at dinner parties. Tours are even possible. However, these extremely cool digital components cost more to fix than a new dryer and are designed to be obsolete within two years (which coincidentally is when the warranty runs out – usually the day after). That is is possibly why they are selling it so cheap in the first place.

    If the Maytag needs to be repaired at some point, you are probably looking at a non digital belt or a non digital heating element. Plus the repairman can be someone other than a person who is actually a rocket scientist but found dryer repair more lucrative.

  3. September 4, 2010 10:19 am

    Hi, with the abundance of crappy blogs around it’s great to see that there are still some filled with great content! Is there any way I can be emailed when you create a new post?

    • Claire permalink*
      September 4, 2010 12:28 pm

      There is an email widget on the right sidebar. Just type in your email and you will be notified anytime I say something. Woohoo.

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