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Sunday, April 05, 2009  

Washed Up

There are a couple of things about our new dishwasher (actually installed in February) that take some getting used to.

I don't love the configuration of the wire dish racks, especially on the top rack. We should be able to line up our pint glasses neatly in rows, but the shape of the wires makes them look kind of snaggletoothed.

And one of the nice things about having to do dishes by hand was that our sink was clean all the time without us having to even do anything. Even better, our dishcloth never got that mildewy smell, by virtue of the fact that it was pretty much constantly in use. Now that we have a new dishwasher, the dishcloth sometimes goes as long as two or three hours without anyone picking it up, which means you have to always remember to smell it before wiping the counters or your hands could end up smelling like the laundry room of an underwater dungeon.

(Actually, you don't have to smell it. You can simply use it to wash M. Edium's face and gauge its freshness by how outraged his reaction is.)

But there have been things that are easier to get used to, which include:

• Not having to do dishes more than once or twice per day.
• Not having to arrange the dishes on the bottom rack around a plastic scale model of Devil's Tower.
• Knowing the dishes will be clean when we open it.
• Not having the dishwasher fall out every time we open it.
• Not having to replace water-damaged basement ceiling tiles on a weekly basis.
• Being able to hold a conversation in the kitchen without the noise of a mid-90s model filling the room like a jet engine.
• Being able to run the dishwasher and the microwave at the same time without ending up in the basement shining a flashlight into the fuse box.

But most of all, our favorite thing is:

• Not having to do dishes more than one or twice per day.

Just in case I hadn't mentioned that.

It's really quite amazing what a decent dishwasher can do for your quality of life. And we didn't even get a fancy one. When we were shopping around, I priced some of the high-end models, just out of curiosity, to see how much we could pay, if we wanted to. I didn't see anything steeper than a couple of our mortgage payments, but we didn't want to stimulate the economy quite that much. I mean, we're fine, but it's an unpredictable world, and if something had gone pear-shaped, we didn't want to end up with an awesome dishwasher and no house.

In retrospect, I'm not sure that would have been so bad.

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