When I add pics to my blog lately, I seem to have trouble aligning the type. I wish to begin in the left, but the script refuses to obey, and orients to the center... regardless of my instruction.
Does anyone have an answer to this dilemma? Comments welcome!
Our long serving,
and no doubt suffering Washing machine, has finally decided to quit. As it is now over 13 years old, it is deemed to be past it's actual "Use By".
Time was, you bought an expensive appliance such as this, and it would last almost a lifetime- or the length of your marriage, depending on which was shorter!!
Do you think the sky was sending some message? This was a slightly threatening look, before the breakdown of the washing device!!
Is this a picture of a "Glowering Sky"? I have often wondered at that particular term, for skies!
And, later, as it darkened. Wonderful patterns.
I was not the only one to be out capturing this sky display. More than one neighbour was watching, and photos were taken.
As it darkened deeply, there was the flash and flare of bright gold, upon the horizon, echoing over the cloud canopy.
Not really menacing, but not quite comforting.
At the "Marketplace" today,
determined to be Tough, and, 'wheel and deal' ~well, I can kid myself I am tough, and astute!
We first enquired of a Seconds Establishment, thinking perhaps we could score the deal of the decade, with a ding or a scratch.
We looked at the offered products, discussed the merits and demerits of various washers.
I know Front loaders are said to be most economic. But I am now old and arthritic of body, so stooping to load and unload a Front Loader... I dont think so!!
An older Brand, trusted, and successful in the past, is now advised to be a costly, and faulty, trap. Trading on past reputation for reliability. No longer manufactured by the same people and no longer trustworthy, so we decided not to look in their direction.
The New Kid on the Block is a "Sumting",
obviously not their real name! and we are advised it is excellent in both performance and reliability, to say nothing of durability.
For little discount, we are offered a dented and also paint scraped model, with a horrendous 'delivery fee'. I am taken aback.
I declare, I will look about, & see what is available, at rival retailers.
"By all means" beams the salesman, who has suddenly decided he could 'deliver the washer for a fee, of $15 less, than their 'regular delivery man'. Which still meant $40.
So, off we sped, to another retailer, reknowned for their 'deals'.
"Oh Yeah!" thinks jaundiced me!
We find the exact same washer on offer for the same price as the 'Seconds'.??
what?, I thought dings and dents reduced the price?
Upon enquiry, I find I can have the washer delivered free, and installed, along with removal of the old washer, and it will arrive tomorrow, and it will be $115 cheaper than the damaged washer!
Who is fooling who? I just do not get it. It does pay to shop around. But why am I left with the feeling someone has been fooling me. Or, more probably, is still fooling me!
Still, I am just happy to think I can begin washing tomorrow! We are running out of clean clothes!
My son suggested going naked, but I know that is defininetly not a Good Look! Not this year, anyway!!
Mark Knopfler, Telegraph Road.