How to Stimulate the Economy

17 Sep

My Take


 DiVoran Lites

Last night after our friends left, Bill was watching a movie in our studio, formerly the garage and took his head-set off for a moment. Right away, he heard running water and got up to take a look at the laundry area. Hot water was running from the heater onto the indoor outdoor carpet for the second time in a decade. We rushed around getting things turned off and laying towels to keep the water from spreading any further than it already had.

Bill called the company from whom we lease the water-heater. They are responsible to replace the water heater if, no, I mean when it goes bad. They’d made good on the last one, and we knew they’d make good on this one.

The first thing we rented from the company back in 1965 was a clothes dryer for about three dollars a month. It was a deal we didn’t want to pass up, it was also the first dryer we’d ever had. It was great for Florida mainly because of all the rain we get some months. I was a bit sorry it was too late for the tons of diapers I’d hung out for our two kids, but that just made me appreciate having a dryer more. It lasted twenty-five years. The repairman that replaced it said, “They don’t make them like this any more. Now they have what they call planned obsolescence.” That was the first time I heard of it, and I was shocked.

In my home town one of the original Edison light bulbs still worked perfectly. Also I read that pantyhose existed that would not run, but they kept them off the market so they could keep selling them. I’ll bet they’re hurting now that they’ve gone out of fashion. We all knew about how much better cars could have been at lasting longer, but obsolescence is set up to stimulate the economy and if you love your country, you’re supposed to put up with all kinds of foolishness, so we do.

Bill called Saturday night at 10:30 and within twelve hours the man came for the old water heater and to install a new one. It took three hours. As he finished up, Bill complimented him on a job well done, and said. The other one lasted ten years. I hope this one will do better than that. The man said, “Probably not.”

When he was gone, Bill looked it over and said, I believe I’ll pipe that overflow vent outside, since a flood is the only thing that will tell us our water heater is ready to retire.

Wouldn’t you love to know how long a water heater would last if space age technology and craftsmanship were brought to bear on the problem? But what do I know? Excellence may already be on the way out. Ya think.

Colossians 3:22



3 Responses to “How to Stimulate the Economy”

  1. Linda Lewis October 18, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    It’s sad that so many things aren’t built to last anymore. I usually choose appliances that have the fewest fancy electronics as I can, figuring they MIGHT last a bit longer. Attention to detail seems to have gone the way of the pony express, too. Something you just bought might fall apart as you hold it in your hand. Makes having good repair people worth their weight in gold!


  2. Onisha Ellis (@onisha) September 18, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Our son does appliance repairs and the new appliances have so many electronic “do-dads” that relatively new ones are requiring expensive repairs. Guess that stimulates the econony but not the poor appliance owner.


  3. DiVoran Lites September 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    More than you ever wanted to know about water heaters.


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