The Suitcase Lady

Gadgets

December 16, 2008, 10:35 pm

Gadgets are primarily guy things. I figured this out many years ago when my brother-in-law gave me a battery-operated paper towel dispenser as a Christmas present. Push a button and, voila, one sheet winds down. He was smitten. I was dumbfounded. This device defined superfluousness to me.

My husband loves gadgets, too, but he tries hard not to impose them on me. Occasionally, he cannot resist trying to enhance my life with gadgetry. The electric broom would be a good example. No, this gizmo is not a carpet sweeper. It looks exactly like a good, old-fashioned broom, bristles and all. The electric part zooms into action to suck up the pile one has manually swept up. In other words, the broom fills up with dirt. Give me a dust pan any day.
Needless to say, I have very few gadgets around the house. I absolutely do not need electric toothbrushes, Cuisinarts, bread machines, leaf blowers or electric cheese graters.  Don’t get me wrong. I believe a few gadgets are so essential that they should be in a gadget hall of fame. I would nominate:
  • The compact hand-held hair dryer
  • The Swing-Away manual can opener
  • The gizmo that opens stuck jar lids

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