The Crazy Suburban Mom: Retro Tuesday with some Karma attached...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Retro Tuesday with some Karma attached...

I did a post a while back about Karma in the 21st Century and I'm going to reprint it today because it's apropos to  today's Retro Tuesday and I couldn't get it out of my head for the last two weeks and it's got me wondering what the heck I did to deserve what I'm getting now (FYI - there is an ad at the end of the post if you're not interested in my Karma).

retrotuesay stamp

Plus, I'm pretty sure no one read it anyway.  In May I had like, minus 3 followers...

Karma in the 21st Century 

Hundreds of years ago people considered Karma something that would affect their next life but in the 21st century Karma is an entirely different thing.

I know, I've done a study from my front-lawn facing powder room window. From the toilet I have a great view of my whole street as well as parts of several other streets. From a sitting position I can watch the comings and goings of many things... particularly appliance repair trucks.

Just today I conducted another study because there weren't any new magazines. I opened a slat and did a quick perusal of the neighborhood. Yet again there was an appliance repair truck at that house. Do you know the house I mean? The one with the neighbors who can't get along. For whom everything is an issue. Car parking is an issue (except their car parking). Dog doody is an issue (except their dog's doody). Kids are an issue (except their kid).

I could go on but it would be boring and unnecessary.

There have been more appliance repair trucks at that house in the last 14 years than any other house. And I while I still have my original water heater, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, and dryer; they have had to replace theirs. I know because I can see the parade of new appliances being delivered from the comfort of my toilet.

Know why that happens to them?

Because if you spend your life making other people miserable and being a general nuisance that's what happens in the 21st century. Hundreds of years ago if you weren't a good person you would come back as a Dung beetle. But know what you get today?

Bad appliance karma.

So while you spend your time looking for things to nick-pick and complain about we just bide our time. We are very patient. We know that every ridiculous request you make, every outburst you have, and each time we have to call the cops on you? It brings you one step closer to that new central air conditioning unit we will be watching them in install very soon.

Until than the neighborhood makes do with watching the appliance repair trucks bee-lining to your door.

But every few years when they install your new appliances?

We giggle.

So that's it in a nutshell and what you ask does that have to do with me today....  Well, today I'm getting a new refrigerator delivered  and two weeks ago I had to get a new microwave.... And the dishwasher ain't sounding that healthy either.

When I looked for one I was looking for something in, I dunno... pink? Maybe....  Something with an atomic starburst on the front...  Or something femineered.  Like this one...


But no.

I don't really have the money for anything like that or the space or cash for any of the hot retro-looking current models with doodads and bling that blink and beep and make my heart sing so I ended up with pretty much what I had only a cubic foot or two bigger.  Which is still small.  21 cubic feet.  Little, I know but still three feet bigger than I had.  

The cool thing is the store had a basement where they kept the scratch and ding specials.  I was all over the idea of getting a scratch and ding special but they all had ice makers and as much as I wanted one (I have this crushed ice issue) when you are dealing with a fridge the size of a Little Tykes Fridge, I dunno.... Losing half of it to an ice maker seems ill conceived. 

But that's not the cool thing...

The cool thing was in the corner of the scratch and dent area they had another area with old, really really old appliances.  This is a Maytag Washing Machine...  Holy Wringer, Batman! Right?

vintage maytag washer

I was drooling, I tell ya.

Their website says - "Built strong to last" They are so not kidding.  And no, I didn't end up with a Maytag but after reading that I wish I did because maybe that would nix some of the Appliance Karma that seems to be swirling around me.  What do you think I should do if (when) the dishwasher... and washer and dryer... and water heater... and stove   and OMG now I'm worried about the air conditioner...go?

The other couple down there was fretting and hemming and hawing over which stainless steel item to get; several models all stainless.  I don't know which ones they all looked to same to me and I was in the corner palpitating over this...

vintage maytag washer

And they were looking at me very (very) funny.

Too bad I only had my cell to take pictures but I did get some and will post them all for Vintage Thingies Thursday.  There were some things I'd only ever seen in ads, which was just amazing.  

And made me forget the whole Karma thing for a few minutes.

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Lynette 2/23/10, 7:49 AM  

hummmmm Bad appliance karma.....could it be from watching the neighbors while on your toilet? HA HA Actually I think we all want a front row seat toilet. Sure beats the National Enquirer.
Drool much by the way, heck yeah you did. And now your creating 1950's appliance lust in my heart. How dare you!

Lynette 2/23/10, 7:50 AM  

oh and I did not get to say


J Sedai 2/23/10, 7:54 AM  

when I grow up and have a kitchen that is MINE and not the property of the US GOVT I want something like this in it.

and yes Maytag's were built to LAST and last, I'm pretty sure my DH's grandparents use one that's older than me.

Vonlipi 2/23/10, 8:12 AM  

I don't think you're suffering from BAK (Bad Appliance Karma). Appliances are not made to last anymore, they want us to buy some new ones! I bought a fridge in 1992 and had to replace it in 2006. remember when fridges lasted 40 years?

My stove is now 19 years old, I had to change one of the oven elements but besides that it works just like new...It's not good looking but works fine! So stuff will break, that's life ! One day I want one of those...

The Crazy Suburban Mom 2/23/10, 8:24 AM  

Lynette, I made the header from this picture - you should be able to take it and play with it.

J - Yeah, that is fabulous! I love those kinds of things!

Vonlipi - you're so not kidding! Mine are maybe 15 years old which is really why they are all going at once - I mean, I know that but geeeze - all at once? What a giant pain

The Crazy Suburban Mom 2/23/10, 8:24 AM  

Oh and vonlipi- Fabulous! Those are the kinds of appliances I LOVE

Lin 2/23/10, 10:09 AM  

I'm with Vonlipi--sometimes appliances have to go, it is their time. And it doesn't necessarily have to be Karma.

We are going through appliances lately too, but that is because the folks who owned the house before us renovated and bought all the appliances at the same time. When we moved in, of course, all the appliances got old and died around the same time and now we are on our second round of that. It just does.

Go out and hug a tree or something--maybe that will re-charge your Karma if that is what you think it is. And close that bathroom window--all that chuckling at the neighbors is gonna give you frostbite on your bum. Now THAT is Karma, my friend.

Leslie 2/23/10, 10:34 AM  

OMG!!! I so have bad appliance karma. Could it be because I don't mow the lawn that often or because I constantly complain about the neighbor and their stupid gardener who blows all the pine needles from their tree into my yard. I never knew. LOL

My washer, dryer, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and oven do not work. I recently replaced the washer, dryer and fridge with used ones from Craigs List. I figured the appliances from the store don't last that long (case in point; the washer and dryer were 4 years old and the fridge 3 years old and according to my appliance repairman brother in law not worth fixing). I figure they will last just as long as the appliances I would buy new. My goal now is to find a stove so I can cook something in an actual oven. : ) Wish me luck!

Maureen 2/23/10, 12:47 PM  

You are such a Gladys Kravitz! Haha! Do you remember her? You might be too young....

That ad is cool - love all the color options. I can't believe they have one in the store. I have an ad in my post this week too.

Vintage Christine 2/23/10, 1:32 PM  

I was also thinking Gladys Kravitz but you go one better being in the bathroom instead of peeking out from behind the living room drapes. Appliances today just aren't made like they were years ago. We still have our washer, dryer and fridge from 20 years ago and the only time we had the repairman out was when I thought the dryer was broken but it was ME that was broken since I hadn't pushed the door in all the way (this was when I was working and was always VERY tired). BTW--what's the pattern on the china on your header? I have some of that and don't know what it is and I love it!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 2/23/10, 1:35 PM  

Maureen - I'm totally not young. LOL, totally.

Christine - The pattern is called CANNONSBURG POTTERY - TEMPORAMA and it can be found on ebay for not too much. I sold what I had which was 4 plates and 3 cups because the second I brought the four plates and four cups home, I broke a cup in the sink. I thought oh no, not good for me!

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