I’m in the middle of a thirteen-day work week, which is why I haven’t been around much recently.  I’m anxious to respond to my Extraordinary Brother-in-law, who often provides thought-provoking comments such as these.  Alas that will have to wait until I have more than just a few minutes to write.

In other news, we have a new dishwasher in our house.  The old one was a Maytag, which we thought was supposed to be a reliable brand.* However, the electronic control panel got flaky after a year, so we replaced it.  Then it did the same thing after about six months.  Another replacement.  Then another few months.  And another replacement.  And in March it died for the fourth time in about four years.  It seems that everyone who knows these dishwashers (except Whirlpool) knows that they have problems.

* Remember all the commercials where the repair dude is standing around doing nothing?  Evidently, that was before they were bought out by Whirlpool.

Anyway, Ordinary Spouse found a Bosch dishwasher that she liked, and I went to see it at Lowes.  The salesperson was so helpful that we purchased it right away on March 23rd.  The only problem was that it wouldn’t be delivered until April 1st.  On April 2nd, OS called Lowe’s and was told that the dishwasher would be delivered to the store on April 8th.  She repeated the process on April 9th, and was told that “according to the computer” delivery was scheduled for April 16th. On April 11th, Lowe’s lost the sale of one dishwasher.

So we started looking elsewhere and discovered that Sears was selling the dishwasher that we wanted to buy.  And it was going to be on sale – 30% off.  And Illinois was passing out stimulus money for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.  And Sears could install it in one business day.  So as of yesterday, the spiffy dishwasher is installed.  We ended up paying the same price as Lowe’s, but we have a five-year warranty included now.  And given our prior experience with dishwashers, we’re glad for the warranty.

Finally, a mini-update on Jack.  Jack was eating Oldest Daughter’s cup of grass.  (I don’t know why OD had a cup of grass – perhaps OS can chime in here.)  Anyway, OS decided to plant some wheat grass for Jack.  Turns out, Jack loves his wheat grass…