Not jes gas cans, but sippy cups, too!
No lie. I bought a couple sippy cups --those kiddy cups with the row
of small holes in a flat hard spout sticking out of the top, so as to
reduce spills for toddlere-- for my Alzheimer mother. Not only do
they NOT have a vent, thereby restricting flow when a vacuum
inevitably builds up, but they come with an on-demand valve that stops
ANY flow unless the drinker actively creates a noticable suction on
the nipple. IOW, the only way my mom can get a drink from this sippy
cup from Hell is to suck on it till her eyeballs are touching the back
of her skull. Fortunately, the valve is removable and I'm gonna drill
an itty-bitty vent hole to eliminate any vacuum build-up.
Chrystonacrutch! ....you'd think a toddler was gonna kill 'imself or
try and rule the world, the way they've got this simple cup locked
A long time ago somebody wrote a science fiction short story about the
time when self-replicating robots had taken over the world.
One of their prime directives was to keep humans safe.
The final result was that everybody was imprisoned in padded cells
eating jello and writing with crayons.
Jingoistic as it sounds, I kind of liked Philip Mudd's statement last
month: "America is not the land of the safe. America is the land of
the free... and the home of the brave."
Aww, you're no fun.
You've got to learn to work up an idiot rage
despite the fact that things get better every year.
Me, I'm really pissed that the 3 CFLs I put in our driveway lamp haven't
burned out in 4 years. I was just getting used to replacing all 3 every
6 months. Now I might forget how to get in there and change the bulbs.
It's not fair.
IMO, a lot of "it" is perspective and some lack of education.
My wife and I tend to research large ticket items (most of the time at
Also, we buy a lot a Costco, so if the product doesn't live up to snuff
we return it.
Perspective? Luck? I'm not sure but, if you buy something that doesn't
work well the buyer needs to accept some responsibility.
I'd say it's a lack of lifelong experience.
I remember when refrigerators lasted 30 yrs. I remember toilets that
didn't spit doody water all over the seat/floor upon flushing. I
remember when top loading washers got clothes clean and didn't retain
30% of the dirty wash water to sit and ferment in the machine between
washes. I remember when Cuisinart food processors had a lifetime
warranty on the motor. No more. Don't tell me about newer being
better. It jes isn't so. Perhaps the return policies are better, and
well they should be, cuz the products are now short term junk.
My late step-mother used one of those wringer washers clear up into the
mid '70s. It was all motorized and she had a modern kitchen, but
she'd do all the wash once per week and while the next load was
agitatin', she was running the last load through those wringers.
Sucker still worked when she died.
I also remember when car windshields would last 10-15 yrs before
becoming so hopelessly pitted they needed replacing. Now, the soft
glass lasts 2-4 yrs max.
See. That's it exactly. I have a food processor that's going on 30
years. A fridge that's over 10. Two low flow toilets that work
flawlessly. A Whirlpool Duet that functions better (more efficiently)
than the old Whirlpool I donated to the buyers of my old house 10 years
ago. Which probably still works fine.
A couple of thing I've bought that didn't perform up to expectations:
1) Sealy "Posture Perfect" bed. I bought it from the Room Store.
2) A Dell laptop "Inspiron" 15. Best Buy.
I don't think the names "Cuisinart" or "Kitchen Aid" mean what they used
On the other hand, most of the things I have purchased have functioned
even better than I expected.
Maybe it's the "glass half-full" type of thing. :)
You are both right. Some stuff is better, others stuff has been
cheapened to the point that it is crap.
Anything electronic is cheaper and better.
Hand tools of good quality are hard to find.
Refrigerators have more features, but they do not last as long.
Cars no longer need rings and bearings at 50,000 miles and grease and
oil changes every 1500 miles. When is the last time you pulled the
spark plugs to clean them?
The 1.6 gallon toilets function very well. Originally, you needed 3
or more flushes to clear the solids.
Most clothing is thinner, cheaper, and not as well made
Houses are often built with cheaper materials, but do have more
features. More energy efficient too.
Since they have such a wide range of tools, there's no way they make
most of 'em. I hadda return a cheapo trigger-pump oil can that may
have been branded Snap-On, but it was made in China and broke on the
2nd stroke. Junk!
I'm so sick if this stupid myth. I ran 10% alcohol regular in my cars
for 5 yrs before it was mandated. Improved performance in every
vehicle. Stopped the pinging in my Dodge 318 V8 van and I sold my
Honda Civic with 250K miles on the engine and it still purred. My two
Harleys ran great with never a hiccup. The only thing I see that
doesn't seem to work is small motorized tools like gas trimmers and
chain saws. From what I've read in this group, that's more cuz
quility has gone down the crapper than from alcohol gasoline
A cathedral ceiling is not "larger". It's less floor space.
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