Sad to say, if I really stopped complaining, there wouldn’t be a whole lot left for me to say on this blog!
Maybe I am really attached to the past, things that work properly and have been well-built i.e. my good Cannon printer and now my old clothesline that swung around into duty and gave loyal service for fifteen or so years. No complaints about these two loyal friends.
Today I discuss my new umbrella clothesline. I must say it is a wonderful thing hanging clothes outside in the fresh air and sunshine. How energy efficient. Just takes a little of my energy. Gets me outside to hear the birds singing when otherwise I might not get to. Hanging clothes out is, all in all, a beautiful experience.
Throwing clothes in the dryer is not the same. Sure, it’s easy, but there’s just a bunch of clothes all wadded up and tossed wet into the dryer and tossed dry somewhere else such as the couch to later be sorted out and stuck in a drawer.
When I hang clothes outside, I see everything I’ve got, and I give each item my personal attention. I straighten out each piece, and I turn sleeves right side out. I take a good look at each article and hang it up neatly. In other words, I give my clothes some respect.
And when my clothes are dried by the sun and fresh air – I love that feeling of suspense to see if they are, indeed, dry yet – and, when they are, I then take the clothes off the line, and they smell so good. Then I fold each piece nicely, put it in the laundry basket, and when finished, I put the clothespins back in their little bag for the next time.
Now I will be blunt. Menards should be ashamed for selling this cheap umbrella clothesline, and the manufacturer should hide before acknowledging they made this particular umbrella clothesline and put their name on it. Let me make clear than Menards had only this one model. I will never trust Menards again.
This new umbrella clothes energy-saving dryer is like a toy. Honestly, I could have made one just about as strong myself with twigs.
This new one came with a guarantee of one year. If it falls down on the job during this year, so long as I pack it and send it to back to the manufacturer postage prepaid – you try to fold one of those things back, and prepaid postage will undoubtedly cost more than the cost of dryer in the first place – the manufacturer will fix any defect without charge so long as they determine it wasn’t my fault it broke – the Good Samaritans they are – then they will fix it without charge.
If I didn’t have to drive sixty miles round-trip to return this unfortunate umbrella dryer, and if I weren’t so anxious to hang clothes out in the sun right away, you may be sure I would have marched down to Menards and returned the umbrella dryer summarily – and given them a piece of my mind at no charge at the same time.
And, soon enough, the new umbrella dryer did collapse.
The pictured collapsed dryer is of a long-lasting one that did give good service for many years. I took the photo from an earlier blog:
To my dear good strong intelligent deceased umbrella dryer who gave loyal service for so many years, I salute you, bid you farewell, and apologize with all my heart for putting you out on the curb for trash pick-up. It doesn’t seem right. Perdóneme.
P.S. Because of Keith Wilson's reply below, I am adding a photo of his umbrella dryer which is made to last. It is not Heaven's policy to advertise anything, but, Keith wrote here and he read this blog entry -- he didn't spam. He was a real live sincere writer. So I make this exception because I want to, and am adding a photo of his company's Sunshine dryer which is clearly made to last:
See Keith's comment below: