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    New Appliances, Finally!

    I’ve 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 didn’t work.

    Herman 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 else’s 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.

    What 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!"

    But all 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, "We’re going to Wal-Mart tonight! My coveted bagel from Bruegger’s is ruined!"

    Herman just looked at me blankly and said, "Gee, are you sure? They’re such pretty appliances, Kathryn! I’ve only been asking you for three years to replace them!"

    So into 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 don’t drink coffee and neither does Terry, and B. I already bought the last round of appliances that didn’t turn out so well. I figured I’d let Herman select them this time and take the resulting blame if things didn’t turn out well.

    You should 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 wasn’t one coffee maker that took that type of filter.

    Herman 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.

    Finally 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.

    After we got back in the car, I looked at Herman and said, "Let’s go back in the store and check if they have any apple decals to put on the appliances." Herman’s like, "Kathryn, please tell me you’re 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.

    I’m happy to report that these appliances work beautifully, and even though I hated giving up the apple ones, sometimes change really is good.

    "Kathryn 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"