So it’s Not Just Me After All!
Did’ja notice lately that much of the stuff we use daily just doesn’t work the way it used to and the way it should. We had a clothes washer that lasted for over 26 years and moved with us from our former residence in New Jersey to Connecticut. Sure it needed repairs from time to time as things wore but it was possible to do so at reasonable expense. In addition, we had for many years an extended warrantee that we took full advantage of. Finally, about two years ago the ol’ clunker gave up the ghost; and Mrs. McC. still grieves. Parts were no longer available by marketing design of the manufacturer; this is known as Planned Obsolescence. We did considerable research and finally settled on a name brand mainly because it had a stainless steel tub as opposed to the plastic tubs in most of today’s washers. Beyond this most of the gears are some type of plastic and we can anticipate quick and frequent ware. The real bugaboo is that the clothes simply don’t clean nearly as well as our original washer. Lint seems to build up on the clothes despite frequent emptying of the lint filter; and most of the clothes have spots that often make them look like polka-dots. These dots suspiciously resemble the holes in the wash tub itself. We’ve talked to the manufacturer who says it is either the detergent we are using, (I make our detergent just as our Grannies did using borax and Fel’s naphtha soap), or we are simply doing something wrong. Yikes and gadzooks! The tub leaves the telltale imprint of their tub and we are to blame?
Other things, as well, have changed before our eyes and just don’t function as they should. For instance, toilet paper; while the rolls may appear full the manufacturers, in order to save money and maintain the bottom line, have made the rolls shorter. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at your old toilet paper holder; remember when a roll spanned from arm to arm of the holder. Now they are about 25% shorter than just a couple or three years ago …and so it goes, on and on.
Considering all the above nuisances my pet peeve are the so-called safety spouts on the 1 and 5 gallon gasoline containers. For the past three years I thought it was just me who had a hard time with these spouts. Since I’ve been forced to buy these new containers with the safety spouts I’ve spilled and wasted more fuel than in my entire lifetime up to mandated introduction of these spouts by the government EPA. In the end, I in order to save the increasingly dear gasoline I’ve resorted to taking off the spouts entirely and just pouring it into my few remaining pre-mandate jerry cans; from here I can easily just pour the fuel into my various machines using the old spouts. Needless, to say these older spouts, which are as rare as hen’s teeth, have become a precious and protected commodity here at Hunny-Bunny Farm. So now you can see my excitement at finding that I’m not the only one who shares this pet peeve. Web citation below:
In an enjoyable and light-hearted way the author does make the point that the quality of our lives has deteriorated thanks to unnecessary government intervention and regulation, among other things. It is worth the small time to read. Meantime, I will continue to double handle my fuel until I find a way to hack these new-fangled containers. Ah! YouTube! I’m sure someone there has already done it.
Yes, YouTube is better than Felix the Cat’s magic bag of tricks. There was a video on hacking…um …modifying a new-fangled gas container.
Here is the web citation:
Hope you find this useful.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.