My vacuum cleaner has died. The one I've had since roughly 1981. The one my brother teased me about the day I purchased it, because I called him and excitedly gushed about it, it worked so well. The one that was my first major appliance purchase.
I abused the Hell out of that
thing. Vacuum cleaners are supposed to be tough as nails in my opinion,
and this one was. It was a canister vac with a power head and
attachments, and I went ahead and got the best one I could, reasoning
that it would last for a long time. I'd say I got my money's worth out
Over the years it has had several repairs, and parts
replaced when they wore out. This time, it had a catastrophic failure,
akin to multiple organ failure on a human when you get old and just
plain wear out. It needed a new cord, and a new cord reel, as it
had stopped retracting the cord. The on/off foot pedal no longer
worked and you had to push the button by hand. The worse was the power
head--it would randomly fall off and/or spin around, because the steel
clip in the tube steel part of the shaft had broken off. All of these
things together made cleaning the floor a frustrating and dumb
experience as the power head flopped around like a stunned bass.
So off it went to the Sears repair center, where they goggled at it when I brought it in, exclaiming, "That's OLD!" Watch it there, sister, it ain't THAT old. After they had had it for a week I got a telephone call one day...parts for it were no longer available.
Well. OK, time to shop for a new vacuum.
I have to go down and pick up the old one. I figure I'll put a 'free
vacuum' ad on Craigslist, maybe someone who has NO vacuum at all could
still use it, even in it's disjointed, ridiculous state. After all, the
thing DID still work, and picked up dirt just fine. It made me feel
better knowing I could recycle the thing that way.
No dice, the repair folk, in their wisdom, have cut the end off of the plug. Why?! I end up tossing the thing in the trash with much grumbling.
So I make another Major Appliance Purchase, and lug home the new vacuum cleaner.
is identical to the old one, except this one sports a snazzy metallic
burgundy finish. It even COSTS about the same as the old one originally
The new one does sport push-button controls on the wand
rather than a foot pedal, and includes another, oh-so-nifty, extra small
powerhead for cleaning auto upholstery. It has a little set of LED
lights that shift from red to green when the floor is clean enough to
please it's sensors. It's nine different types of cool, and quieter
than the old one, I have to admit.
But I'm amused by how little things have changed over 26 years.