Make that if it's mechanical, electrical, digital, analog, computerized. What have I left out?
Remember when digital clocks came out and had to be set to the hour, minute and either am or pm? I was the one who did that at our house. When VCRs arrived, I was the one who got to hook up the wires to the TV and get those to working. It was always me when it came time to record programs on those tapes and play them back.
Our two boys learned as they came along, and they bypassed me with their electronic ability a long time ago. I figure my husband is the smartest of all. He just didn't bother. If I did it, that was fine with him. He did learn how to play the DVDs.
All at once something happened. The last of August 2011, my clothes dryer quit heating. Think about it. A dryer that doesn't heat has little use around the house. It wasn't the thermostat or the heating element. Oh, no, it was something in that big electronic push button panel. The entire panel would have to be replaced in order for the dryer to heat and dry clothes. The cost sounded astronomical, so we opted for a new dryer, which, of course, called for the purchase of a new washer. I now have a matching front-loading washer and dryer set and love them.
The last of October 2011, my computer crashed. The Geek Squad told me it was the motherboard. It makes even less sense to replace the motherboard in a computer than to replace the electronic panel in a dryer. Guess what. I bought a new computer. Most of my files were transferred from the old computer. They even saved my pictures, but did not get any of my email files. Have you ever lost all your addresses? Single men, it's like losing your little black book.
We awoke on Christmas morning to an odor. I insisted it was a ballast in the fluorescent light, but my husband said it was in the heat pump. Now who do you think was right? Yes, we had a meltdown, among other problems, in the heat pump. For our anniversary we bought ourselves a new system.
About 10 days ago my printer quit copying. It would print but wouldn't copy. After working with it for a couple of days I found my receipt not only for the 4-in-1 (printer, copier, scanner and fax) but also for the 2-year warranty I purchased a year and a half agoand forgot I had. Wonderful! Someone was very nice to me on the phone and told me to unplug the machine for about a full minute, plug it back in and see if it would copy. It did. It made me almost hate her. While that was going on, I replaced all the cartridges. Then the printer wouldn't read how much ink was in each cartridge. Things were OK until last night when it quit copying again. Then this morning it quit printing. Actually, it only quit printing with black ink. If I wanted to print whatever was in color on the page, it would print that. That doesn't help a lot if I'm trying to copy the crossword puzzle so we can both have one to work. The Times-Gazette only prints its puzzle in black and white. (Now they will expect us to buy two copies of the paper.) What do you think the latest word is? I'm going to get a new printer! My purchase of the warranty will pay off. They probably cost twice as much now. What do I do with these stupid ink cartridges that are only a bit used?
So far the automobiles are OK. Jim has his eye on me at all times when I'm around one. He does continue to let me set the clocks and timers on the microwave and such. It's just a matter of time until I take them all out.