You Just Have to Jiggle It

Sometimes it feels like nothing is built to last anymore.  It’s like every other thing in my house is old has to be jiggled just right for it to work.  For instance:

  • the fridge door doesn’t like to close unless you press really hard (results in a waste of energy)
  • the toilet doesn’t flush right unless you flush it once, wait till the water starts coming back, and if it make a certain noise, you have to jiggle the handle to make the water stop (results in waste of water)
  • our dvd player just stopped working and with the exception of the last couple of months with the baby & netflix, it’s not like we used it all that much — sadly, not jigglable
  • our laptop is on its third AC cord because the power supply is screwy

Once upon a time, you’d buy an appliance and use it for the next 30 years.  Now, in order to perpetuate a consumerist culture, stuff is built to last just long enough to outlive the warranty so that you feel compelled to buy a new unit. 

If I was at all handy I’d figure out how to fix some of these mechanical things.  I’m guessing the toilet issue just requires a longer chain which costs pennies — but I bet if I got in there and tried to tinker with it, I’d just break something else.



  1. Mommy, Esq. said,

    February 22, 2009 at 4:26 am

    If you need a new DVD player go with a Blue Ray – we stupidly bought a HD DVD Player just days before Sony announced they were going to Blue Ray. DVD players are so much cheaper than they used to be. Do you own your condo? New fridges are definitely more energy efficient. How’s Max doing? I hope you are getting some rest.

  2. almostima said,

    February 22, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Unfortunately, we live in an apartment building and we don’t own our unit. Once we own our own place, we’ll definitely invest in energy efficient appliances.

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