I've been running this blog for a good seven years now, and it's been fun. I've decided it's time to shut it down and start something new. Ta!
UPDATE: You can now find me at Quart of Soup and a Pudding Pop.
The column linked above also talks about computers. Now there, I've been lucky. I had a Gateway desktop when I started college, and when I upgraded to a laptop after three years I picked up a Toshiba. Worth mentioning is that my parents took the desktop to replace their old clunker of a PC, and as far as I know it kept ticking for another four years or so. Lappy 1 lasted about four years before bluescreening, and Lappy 2 has ticked along nicely for right about three years now. It shows no signs of slowing down except for the Internet cable jack, which was my fault. (Did you know a USB plug almost fits exactly in there? And that it's not too hard to force in if you're not paying attention? And that once that happens, a cat-5 cable will never sit snugly in there again, leading to jiggling and cursing and shouts of "Come on, stay connected already! I wanna see the funny cat!"? Yeah. Come to think of it, I should probably get that fixed.)
Anyway, all of that to say: I'm not one of those hardcore "Buy American, or buy nothing" types; I just want a good product at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, that's getting harder and harder to find, from U.S. or any manufacturers. The same repairman who commented about the old dryer outlasting the new washer also said that if the washer had been made with quality metal parts (like, say, 40 years ago), it would last, sure, but it would also cost twice as much in the store. A $400 appliance would run you $800 at least. I really don't know where to assign the blame for that. Fiat currency, the cost of fuel, greedy executives, consultants, planetary alignment -- it's all such a mish-mash of factors that I kinda gave up on making sense out of it. Maybe when I get my own place I'll go retro for appliances, outfitting my kitchen and laundry room in avacado or powder blue sheet metal that's older than I am instead of brand new brushed steel. (Which would be awesome for lots of reasons besides reliability. And for the record, my current stove is avocado, and it is indeed awesome.) I think it's part of why kids these days (heh) are so into manual typewriters and record players and big retro bicycles and things like that -- they're solid, and they don't feel like they'll crap out after three years so you have to get the latest model. On the other hand, they've all got iPhones. *sigh*
If you need me, I'll be on Craigslist, window shopping.