I remember when things worked well and lasted a long time.
Kitchen appliances lasted forever. I never recall my Mother buying new ones.
The loneliness of the Maytag appliance repairman was a familiar ad on television.
Those days seem gone for the most part.
In the Last Few Years
My 18 month old Samsung washer was recalled. I am still working on that issue.
My over the top expensive Liebherr refrigerator was a disaster.
I had to buy a brand new door just to get the gasket replaced. If I had known that, I would have glued the gasket down and called it good.
However, once the authorized repairman removed the old gasket and found he could not replace it with the new factory gasket, I was left with two options.
Replace the door or put masking tape all around the door to make a seal.
To me, it was the same as replacing the entire windshield on my car just because the rubber on my wipers was frayed. It did not and still does not make sense.
Caught between the manufacturer and the authorized repairman, I was able with enough complaining and cajoling to at least get the new door for half price. Woopee!
The first replacement door had to be sent back because it had a dent in the front. Really?
To add insult to injury, the ice maker stopped working. I just let it go.
By the way, the Liebherr came with my new townhouse so I did not choose it.
The saga of frustration, expense and disappointment with Samsung and Liebherr left me gun shy.
A Bright Spot
Two years ago I bought a Harmon Kardon Bluetooth speaker. It cost $150 which at the time seemed like a lot to pay.
It is tiny and a powerhouse. It is approximately the same size as my Samsung Galaxy 6 cellphone.
I use it to amplify music, podcasts and movies from my cellphone, IPad Mini and computer.
It performs really well and delivers incredible sound.
It remembers my devices and connects without any work on my part.
It is a stark contrast to my previous Sony portable Bluetooth speaker. It took forever to connect and finally after less than a year, fizzled out. It cost $70.
A Speaker for All Reasons
When I use it to play music at dinner parties my guests are amazed to learn such wonderful music is coming from such a small speaker. Often the speaker is in another room.
It is so small that I throw it in my bag when I travel.
I love having music in my hotel room. Music masks sounds coming from outside my room. It lulls me to sleep. It is a background for yoga and stretching exercises.
It allows me to keep up with the news.
Best of all, it allows me to talk with family and friends hands free.
When I am put on hold, I can continue to work without holding my phone.
Too, I can write without cradling my phone in my neck.
This hardworking, reliable speaker* has earned my “thumbs up!”
*The speaker has other functions which I have not used which make it even more useful.