I believe we have reached a bit of an impasse at the McCann Penthouse: unless the person who tunes up our refrigerator is able to get the dishwasher working again (that is, if it’s a mineral-deposit issue due to the hard water here in SoCal, which was the problem with our clothes washer), we might have to buy a dishwasher for that 24 1/4-inch space in the kitchen. I have come to peace with the fact that I cannot manipulate my husband into washing the dishes more than every few weeks, and he has come to peace with the fact that he cannot manipulate me into washing dishes for more than 20 minutes at a time (I specialize in “dish triage,” and concentrate on bowls or spoons or mugs or small plates on an as-needed basis).
So let me know what you think, or I shall have to break down and re-subscribe to Consumer Reports. My brother, who tends to research every purchase nine times to Sunday, has been a devout subscriber to CR for many years. I, however, am a bit off-and-on about it: after all, subscribing to that magazine/web site means that I am paying money in a pledge to pay more money to buy a bunch of stuff. Isn’t there something slightly off about that? I mean, my brother can afford that overhead; he’s a software engineer. But I’m a writer, and I’m married to a writer. I need to travel light.
Since my readers are generally engineers and Travellers on The Path of Frugality, I suspect you can help me figure it out.