finally broken down and replaced all my kitchen small appliances.
I think I told you this before, but the ones I had all had
an apple design and each one didnt work.
has been asking me for the better part of two years to please
replace these terrible appliances. Briefly, the can opener
ground gears so loud it hurt my ears and anyone elses
in the room. The digital display on the coffee maker was missing
some lights, took a full half-hour to make a pot and finally
wound up stopping in mid-brew due to a bad connection.
finally did it was one morning last week when I had the most
awful bagel yet. Terry, my aide, had been helping me in the
bathroom and I could hear Herman slamming the toaster lever
down repeatedly and yelling, "I hate this toaster!"
in the name of visual design, I simply was not ready to get
rid of them. And then I tasted my bagel. I stared right at
Herman and proclaimed, "Were going to Wal-Mart
tonight! My coveted bagel from Brueggers is ruined!"
just looked at me blankly and said, "Gee, are you sure?
Theyre such pretty appliances, Kathryn! Ive only
been asking you for three years to replace them!"
Wal-Mart we go that evening at 5:30. Herman at first tried
to talk Terry and I into going without him. But I vetoed that
idea. A. I dont drink coffee and neither does Terry,
and B. I already bought the last round of appliances that
didnt turn out so well. I figured Id let Herman
select them this time and take the resulting blame if things
didnt turn out well.
have seen him checking out the coffee machines. I think there
were literally fifty different models in the aisle. Now, I
had saved the permanent basket from the old machine and I
was hoping to be able to use it again. Problem is, that filter
was "V" shaped and there wasnt one coffee
maker that took that type of filter.
finally selected one and also a permanent basket filter to
go with it. Terry also recommended we purchase a toaster oven
rather than a traditional toaster. Reason being I tend to
like my bagels very brown and she told me that a toaster oven
was definitely the way to go.
the can opener that we selected doubles as a knife sharpener
and compliments the trio very well. All white on white, so
they all look very clean.
we got back in the car, I looked at Herman and said, "Lets
go back in the store and check if they have any apple decals
to put on the appliances." Hermans like, "Kathryn,
please tell me youre kidding!" I was not, so back
in the store we went. And no, there were no such decals in
the entire store. Just weary shoppers trying to get home.
happy to report that these appliances work beautifully, and
even though I hated giving up the apple ones, sometimes change
really is good.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"