Oh ... Really?

Appliance Hell

Appliances seem to have it in for me lately. It must be some conspiracy they have going to see if they can drive me batshit in short order. I am a complete idiot when it comes to electronics and gadgetry ... however, computers seem to fall outside of that generality. That I can build, upgrade and repair my own PC hardware amazes no one more than myself. But a stupid can opener can thwart my attempts at gaining access to the food inside like no one's business. This latest round of household madness started about a month ago. I went to warm up some tortilla chips in the microwave. About 5 seconds after starting the oven, it made the most ungodly noise and there were flashes of light inside. After turning it off, I saw by the metal plate thingy a scorched area. I later learned that the magnetron had gone kablooey. (These are all technical terms for the gadget idiot, you know). Ahh well ... it had served me well for 5 years. It was a house-warming/Christmas gift from my parents when I moved in here. Off to Best Buy the next day, I found a nice Panasonic model with all the bells and whistles for $80. I had $50 in BB gift certificates on hand, so that made the hit on the wallet a little less painful. Then the next day, it went on sale for $12 less. Sweet! A new nukulator for 18 bucks.

Next up was the coffee maker. I cannot live without my coffee in the morning. This is a vital piece of equipment in my abode. The warming plate wasn't working right, it wasn't keeping the pot of coffee warm. Just about the time I decided to look for a new one, I tripped across one of those Gevalia offers for a pound of coffee, a coffee maker and two mugs for $15. Nice. I'll take one. Just gotta remember to cancel the subscription or set it to send coffee only every 6 months. That stuff is exPENsive!

Of course, on the heels of the demise of the coffee maker goes the coffee grinder. It is still functioning ... barely. The tip of one of the grinding blades broke off. It takes twice as long to grind the coffee, but it is, for now, still working. A new one is on my shopping list.

This morning, my hair dryer blew up. No really ... it did. It started making a weird buzzing noise. I turned it off and shook it to see if something was rattling around inside. Then I turned it back on. The buzzing turned to grinding then KA-BLOWIE! A little flash and a puff of smoke and it was dead silent. And my hair was still half wet.

That was just the start of a very bad day all around ...

Posted by LissaKay on 03/02/05 at 03:37 AM in Personal
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