We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our decades-old electrolux seems to have kicked the bucket.
But, I like this ad for one big reason, it reminds us that there was a time, not long ago, that the middle class appreciated labor saving devices as special and beneficial, not an entitlement.
The US middle class used to live in small houses or apartments, siblings shared bedrooms. Work and household chores were part of life, dishes were washed by hand, clothes often hung out to dry. A quality tool for life's work was appreciated and considered a fine gift.
Now those things are considered entitlements, and a gift that isn't a luxury is considered an insult.
Time for a real vacuum: http://www.neatorobotics.com/
Looks like a toy, cleans better than a pro. I have used the Neato xv-11 for about a year and it cleans better than any human. It moves at the best speed, which is slower than humans want to vacuum. It vacuums every day. The little guy is a work-a-holic. Only job I have is to empty his waste bin.
I can’t wait until NeverWet comes out in mid-2012 with their new product. I should never have to clean the outside of the car, car windows, the bathroom, the kitchen, carpets, and windows, on and on. Web site here: http://neverwet.com/
Does anyone actually hand vacuum anymore? Really?
Ha Ha, that ad brings back the memories! Recently married and I thought it was a good idea to get my wife a Kirby for Christmas. Well did I learn a lessons there. We're married 37 years last August and my wife still brings it up occasionally, now with a smile.