The Wall Street Journal talks about the cost of living middle class.
The vehicles we're driving nowadays are super fancy compared to
existed in the 1970s. People had cars, not SUVs and pickups.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 6:34:42 AM UTC-4, Dean Hoffman wrote:
Cars don't actually cost that much more (adjusted for inflation) than
in the 1970s and you get a lot more safety, reliability, and features:
Although I take exception to the article title, since it doesn't list
anything for the year I was born, nor I expect for many of us here.
Add the Ford Pinto.
A lot of things we have now are better than back then.
ovens, phones, the internet. Some of those didn't exist for people
for practical terms.
Very few had them even if they did exist.
Farm equipment is another example. Farmers of my dad's generations
sat in the open.
Guys sit in environmentally controlled lazy chairs now.
It was $169 in the early 70s it would be almost a grand now.
The thing that saved it is no clock. We used to see lots of "bad"
microwaves because people assumed we could fix anything and virtually
all of them had a bad clock (something on that card). Without the
clock, they won't run. The part costs more than a new one.
I took one really nice Amana, drilled a hole through the center of the
key pad and installed a spring wound timer in there. (all the
interlocks were still there). We used it until they closed the office.
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 03 Aug 2019 14:11:36 -0400,
I had an Amana Radarrange Model 2. Looked just like the classic
First time, sparking inside the cage or maybe near the diodes. Used GE
Silicone Sealant and put a thick layer of the stuff over the sparking
area, and that worked fine.
At one point I wanted the wiring diagram, and the woman on the phone was
plainly afraid to give it to me for fear I'd radiate myself. I
convinced her I wouldn't, that I would reassemble the cage correctly,
and she sent it for free. In some ways I shouldn't have needed it but
it made me feel comfortable.
Eventually the transformer broke and I called Amana and they wanted
maybe $450. I pointed out that this was more than almost the best new
one cost, but he was unmoved. I didn't want to give up on it (with two
spring timers (one for one minute and one for 40 minutes iirc) So I
wrote the HQ in Amana Iowa and said keep a couple so you can fix your
museum models, and sell me one for much less because you have a lot of
them and you'll never sell them for $450, and I got back a letter to
call a different parts place, in Pa. instead of Baltimore. So I did,
and it was the same thing, $450. I had to throw it away.
All manufacturers are forced by law to give free appliance parts to illegals and welfare democrats. (You don't want some poor kid to have to
eat cold meals, do you?)
Anyway, when some cash customer comes along, the manufacturer has to charge more to make up for the losses caused by welfare people.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 1:09:19 PM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
s the era of the worst
? Vega to use just
I replaced a 10-year-old microwave (about $300) with one that was about
$100. If it lasts 3 years, I break even compared with buying another
10-year, $300 microwave. If it lasts longer than 3 years, I'm money
Admittedly, the $300 microwave was nicer, the door closed more smoothly
and quietly. But the $100 microwave cooks my oatmeal and heats
up my leftovers just fine.
On Sat, 03 Aug 2019 11:51:24 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
AN early adopter, I see!!!!
That thing cost roughly the equivalent to $5000 in today's dollars - -
- We bought our first one in about 1987 for $600. It had an antenna
failure under warranty and we got rid of it about 4 or 5 years ago
because my wife was convinced it was GOING to fail soon. I've had
latch switch problems on the new one - bet the old one would still be
working if we had kept it.
Actually using the inflation calculator on the interweb it was more
like $1000 but I was certainly an early adopter. I had a 1975 Betamax
I was into 8 tracks just about the time they stopped being 4 track
(1966-7), I had a projection TV in the late 70s, a digital watch with
a red LED display and you had to push the button to see the time. I
paid $100 for mine, a year or two later Shell would give you one with
a fill up. I also had a "4 banger" calculator when they were $100+
Now I am the opposite guy. I still have PCs running XP, I drive a 20
year old Honda and I won't buy anything until they have worked out the
bugs and dropped the price. I learned.
I worked for a company in the early '70s whose principal product line
was RF preheaters for the plastics industry. They ran about 100 mHz.
However the company had built some microwaves and placed them in a
couple of area restaurants. The idea was the restaurant could prepare a
batch of marinara sauce or whatever, freeze it, and thaw it out on demand.
The mikes were very large industrial quality units. Unfortunately the
company completely missed the consumer market. We kept one of the
smaller 100 mhz units in the lab. It did wonders for day old doughnuts.
workers in the molding shops also figured out if it could heat phenolic
plastic preforms it could heat up dinner too. They also figured out
metal utensils weren't a good idea.
That's a little closer to my reality...
Then there was the day I pinched a tire turning too tight. That might
not have been too bad except the tires were ballasted with calcium
chloride for traction. The tire guy wasn't about to go out in the field
so I drove it back to the barn, getting a chloride wash down every
revolution. As I recollect, I took a long shower and went to bed early.
Town was thirty miles away, unless you call the post office in back of
the store at Huson town.
There's rich man farming and then there's cowboy farming trying to keep
the mules fed.
The only of the MM heritage we had was an early 12-20 and 20-35...I only
vaguely recall the 12-20; the 20-35 had been converted to rubber and was
still used for wheat ground and pulling the old Gleaner combine until
the mid-50s with rare use even into early 60s....
My first experience was on Farmall M altho traded them up to 400's very
early on in my actual field experience time frame. Then grandfather
bought a little Allis-Chalmers WD45 because he got to where couldn't
really handle the 400s and wanted to keep doing field work. It had a
full set of toolbar equipment -- lister, cultivator, chisel, knife sled,
... In early 60s traded it up to a D17 and I did a _ton_ of row crop on
Eventually, the first JD 4020 arrived and it wasn't long before was all
green...by then I was off to school and then gone for 30+ years.
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