Cyclical Failure

did you hear about the guy that shot up his computer? he had just had enough, took it outside and shot it full of bullet holes. reminds me of that scene from the movie office space where they take the printer out into a field and bust it up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlk-3hps12q

though we’re not getting out the shotgun anytime soon, c and i are in a cycle of appliance deaths these days.

that’s the cycle where you bought new appliances around the same time the last time you bought them and now they’re all going bad around the same time… the choice is always whether to repair or replace, but it’s a guessing game as to how much the repair will cost and what percentage of a new purchase you’re willing to part with to repair of an old product.

the first one to go in our recent cycle was the clothes dryer. well, it was pretty much a no brainer that we would replace since we’d had the same dryer since 1986. we did have it repaired once in all those years and i remember that it was about 20 years ago and cost about $100. i would say that makes for an excellent track record. the popular meme is that new stuff is just not made like the old stuff. well, maybe not, but the new stuff certainly has a lot of new technology that makes it a whole lot better than a lot of the old stuff. our new dryer is nowhere near as hard on our clothes or our energy bill and it even has a steam feature that you can use to wipe out the wrinkles in the load you forgot and left in there for days. and as an extra bonus, having to make way for a new dryer forced us to have to completely clean up the entire area surrounding the dryer and toss out a lot of old stuff (like a pair of crutches or some calendars from 2000).

then my computer went berserk and you know the rest of that story. in that case the repair seemed like a better choice.

last night it was our range. c and i had been suspicious for a while that the oven was not working properly since there were times when it never came up to the programmed temperature or it seemed to take an unreasonable amount of time to get to temperature. last night it didn’t want to heat to more than 100 degrees and so we began the debate as to whether to repair or replace. you should know that c and i are both good cooks and bakers and people who strain the limits of a kitchen appliance. that said, we have also spent years dreaming of a larger high end range. problem is, that high end range will not fit in the space we currently have. it would be fairly easy to enlarge the space but then we would have to install a larger range hood to vent the range which would involve even more renovation and then… you know where this is all going.

in the end, we bought a new, higher end range with a lot more features than our old one. even in the 12 years since we bought the last range there have been enormous changes and upgrades that make cooking a lot easier.

i’m taking mental inventory and keeping an eye out for what might go next but so far the appliances that are left are either newer or not going to be replaced at all once they self-destruct.

and damn glad i don’t have a pacemaker.

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One response to “Cyclical Failure

  1. Diana Card

    LOL- didn’t see that last line coming!

    Diana

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