Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude

Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude
Where Great Intelligence Goes To Be Insulted

Monday, 13 September 2021

 



Yesterday I was fiddling with my phone and kinda sleeping with my eyes open at the kitchen table I guess - when I heard a bleeping, electronic buzzing followed by static and bloops. I farted and startled into semi-wakefulness. “Is that you, R2?” I said in my best C3PO voice. Then the dishwasher died and pished some water out. Oh great, I thought - another repair bill!!! Or worse, another dish washer! Goddammit, I hear that with the new ones, you’re lucky to get 5 years out of them. This one is 24 years old so it doesn’t owe me anything. But dammit… money is tight right now.

Then I thunk about it for a bit. Yannow… Vicki over at Mom’s Scribbles had her microwave go down and she just said to hell with it. She is something of a culinary ace and kitchen sorceress and she doesn’t need the microwave. She’ll just cook from scratch the way she’s always done! Hell’s bells! I don’t need a dish washer! Had it not been for Vicki I’d have just assumed I had to repair the damned thing and/or take the financial hit for repairs or a new appliance. I have become so set in my ways that I do everything without thinking about it. It’s one of the perils of getting old.

When we were younger my wife and I would do the dishes manual style. I remember how beautiful she looked as she did the chores and sometimes I’d pitch in and we’d start talking and before we knew it… they were done. And they were always CLEAN. And we were in love together.

Sure, I can afford to replace ol’ R2D2… but I ain’t gonna. I’ll do the dishes myself, and to hell with modern conveniences and the bills that go with them. Unless I find another job…I have the time. We have one of those awful counter drying racks but we may not need it. I’ll just use the dish towels to dry, and leave them in the open dishwasher to air dry that last little bit. Doing dishes together with the old lady is actually one of life’s pleasures if you handle it right. Whoda thunk it?

9 comments:

  1. My dishwasher works but I don’t use it. Well, I do but I use it for my dish rack for drying. Try that and don’t bother with the dish towels.

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  2. "“Is that you, R2?” I said in my best C3PO voice. Then the dishwasher died and pished some water out. Oh great, I thought - another repair bill!!! Or worse, another dish washer! Goddammit, I hear that with the new ones, you’re lucky to get 5 years out of them. This one is 24 years old so it doesn’t owe me anything. But dammit… money is tight right now."

    Your wife is only 24?

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  3. HAR! You live and think dangerously Joe!! :)

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  4. My kitchen had sheet vinyl flooring. There was a seam under the dishwasher. The dishwasher started leaking and the water went through the seam and under the flooring, unknown to me. I found out about it when I dropped a knife, point first, and a squirt of water came up through the tiny cut in the floor. I had to replace the dishwasher and the floor.

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  5. You know, I remember being without the luxury of a dishwasher. The trouble was that the dishes would get all scored up from the dishwasher soap. If and when mine goes, I think I'll follow your example. I could pull it out and replace it with a cabinet for more storage.

    Thanks for the post!

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  6. Haven't had a dish washer (the electric kind that is) for twenty years. I do all the cooking, Annie washes and I dry while we yak about the days events.

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  7. Mine broke 10 years ago. I have a very tiny kitchen so it's used to store all my pots and pans. I do have dishwater hands though. Just remember to keep a tin of 'Bag Balm' on the counter - it really does help...

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  8. That picture shows what can happen if too much couples dishwashing goes on.

    The overall cost of the electric model is much, much less.

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  9. I never used or owned a dish washer. I do it the old fashioned way.,

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