Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tragedy Strikes, Part Duh...

Monday night I set out to program the coffee maker such that I would have fresh brew upon arising from bed at oh-dark-thirty.

A quick glance revealed that something was amiss. There was no clock display. I verified that it was plugged in, and attempted to turn it on. No response. I made certain that the GFI was not tripped. Pushing down the knob on the toaster, which was plugged into the same outlet, quickly yielded glowing coils of heat. That ruled out a tripped breaker.

Growing desperate, I moved it to another outlet. Still dead. Saddened, I accepted the grim reality that there would be no coffee for me Tuesday morning, short of spending $3 at a latte stand, where the closest thing they have to coffee is something called an Americano, which tastes to me like diluted coffee.

Tuesday morning was rather grim.

Tuesday night, I happened to peer at the aforementioned coffee maker while I was in the kitchen. The clock was on. I quickly turned the knob to the on position. The red light was now illuminated. Salvation!!

Needless to say, I enjoyed a warm cup of joe during my morning commute. All was again right with the world.

I have no idea what was wrong on Monday night/Tuesday morning. Do appliances take vacations?

9 comments:

Laura said...

My can opener went to Vegas last summer and came back broke and with VD from some hooker on the strip. I had to replace it. I can't have a can opener with crud in my kitchen.

Ann from Montana said...

I do believe there are electronic gremlins that invade appliances, gadgets, computers, etc. I have had episodes where a bunch of things all went "on vacation" in some form or other and then mysteriously corrected themselves. Some sort of conspiracy I'm sure!!

Bag Blog said...

We go through coffee pots around here due to the hard water problem. I keep instant coffee for emergencies - instant is not good, but it is better than nothing. We also have a stove top espresso maker - that will wake you up.

Andy said...

The Americano is an abomination. Nearly criminal, if you ask me.

Buck said...

What Lou said... I'm on my third coffee pot in a lil over six years, due to hard water. And I'm getting ready to buy a fourth as a preemptive measure. I simply cannot abide a morning without coffee!

Gordon said...

Buck, buy some bottled water. It's cheap; a dollar a gallon or so. Your coffee won't taste like caliche and your coffee maker will last much longer.

You can pound nails with P-ville tap water.

Buck said...

Dang, Gordon... that's a capital ideer! Why the Hell didn't I think of that? ;-)

Gordon said...

'Cause, you know, it's a sorta sissy thing to do, bottled water. Plus, it's a pain to haul it home. But good coffee comes from good water.

Anonymous said...

It was an ugly coffee pot anyway!