The Immortal Toaster
Friday 6 February 2009, 11:08 am
Filed under: Our Happie Home

Relearning How To Weather a Storm

In the United States, the economy hasn’t really collapsed since 1929, so no one knows how to save string and tinfoil — and if they did, they wouldn’t know what to do with them. A whole set of skills, from cooking with leftovers to recycling bottles (not because it’s green, but because it’s thrifty) has been lost during two generations of prosperity, in much the same way the British have forgotten how to drive their cars through slush. The last time I went to have some shoes resoled in Washington, the cobbler told me he wasn’t going to be in business much longer, so low had the demand for his services sunk. Does anyone know how to repair toasters anymore? What about television sets?

If you play your cards right your toaster can live forever and ever:

Toasters aren’t just for toasting bread anymore. They also toast bagels, frozen waffles, breakfast strudel, and other breakfast and snack items. No wonder they break down! Fortunately, toasters are relatively easy to fix.

    — Toaster Repair

But if you do need to go out and buy a new toaster you will make Mr. Biden really happie.


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