Remembering how things used to be can be both a blessing and a curse. What's got me thinking about the Good Old Days? My front-load high-efficiency washing machine.
Nothing like this model, which is similar to the one my grandmother had for years. These old wringer washing machines weren't the safest things on the block, and my grandmother's even contributed to family lore when my mother was a child and Aunt Lois got a certain body part caught in the wringer. But that's as far as I'm going to go with that....
Eleven years ago, I bought my current washing machine after my twenty-seven-year-old one (purchased by my mother) curled up its toes. I was expecting the same sort of longevity. Wrong!
When its spin cycle started sounding like a 747 taking off at Sky Harbor, Denis called our trusted repair company, and they sent out one of their technicians. The diagnosis wasn't good. It would cost more to fix my washer than it would to go out and buy a new one.
"That's what we're seeing nowadays," the tech said. "Washing machines-- whether they're top-load or front-load-- last only ten to twelve years. On the other hand, most cars used to be worn out once they'd been driven 100,000 miles. Now we're seeing several models that are only getting started at that point."
How I long for the Good Old Days of 20,000-load washers! But while I'm waiting for the delivery folks who will be installing my new one, I'll head on out to the link corral!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Reading Across America: the power of live literature.
- On Dracula's lost Icelandic sister text.
- The enduring mystery of "Jawn," Philadelphia's all-purpose noun.
- The sales of dystopian fiction have been on the rise since the inauguration.
- How the powerful fear art.
- The quiet and wonderfully shady way bookstores are hitting back at Trump.
- Teenage vandals have been sentenced to read books about racism and antisemitism.
- What color is elephant's breath?
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The tomb of a general and his princess wife buried on March 18, in the year 564, has been discovered in China.
- Mysterious Stonehenge-like earthworks have been discovered in the Amazon rainforest.
- Forensic experts are set to solve the 270-year-old mystery of a clan chief known as "The Fox."
- Archaeologists have discovered a new Dead Sea Scrolls cave.
- A London rail tunnel project has unearthed ancient artifacts.
- Where will the Galloway Viking hoard end up going on display?
- The wreck of a sixteenth-century Spanish ship has been found off the coast of Florida.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- These vivid bird photographs nearly fly off the screen.
- Twelve photos of birds being birds.
- A character from the Harry Potter books has provided a name for a new species of crab.
- I never tire of this video about the interconnectedness of nature. All living things are on this planet for a reason. Just because we do not understand that reason doesn't mean something doesn't deserve to live.
- When the Oregon Zoo closed for a snow day, the animals had an absolute blast.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Alaska's Dr. Seuss House.
- Goderich, Ontario, is to be transformed into Harry Potter World for an October fan festival.
- Researchers think they've found a mini-continent in the Indian Ocean.
- Every part of the tiny Polish village of Zalipie is covered in lovely floral painting.
- The cliff dwelling here in Arizona that was saved by Teddy Roosevelt.
- Gardiners Island has been owned by the same family for 400 years, and its history includes a witch hunt and a pirate.
- The life and times of Ida B. Wells, one of intersectional feminism's founders.
- The true story of "Hidden Figures," the forgotten women who helped win the space race.
- World War II Spitfire pilot Mary Ellis from the Isle of Wight has turned 100.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Eleven famous authors who were once refugees.
- Rarely seen photographs that were taken just after history was made.
- Eight ways a thriller differs from a mystery.
- Ten celebrities share their favorite childhood books.
- Twenty ways to spot an American abroad.
- The top ten books about the apocalypse.
- Ten great novels on freedom of expression that aren't 1984.
- A series of remarkable photographs capture the light that plants emit.
- Five of the best climate-change novels.
- Eighteen literary mugs that bookworms will love.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!