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Post# 839175   9/2/2015 at 07:27 (1,139 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

We are a rather unique group, passionate and opinionated about subjects (appliances/laundry/laundry products) the general population rarely gives a second thought.

So, which qualities/behaviors/thought processes/quirks/obsessions epitomize AW enthusiasts?

I'll start:

"You know you're a member of AW when you purposely stain a bunch of flour sack dish towels with a dozen different stains to test detergents."

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Post# 839176 , Reply# 1   9/2/2015 at 07:33 (1,139 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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"You know you're a member of AW when.... you spending more time deciding WHICH vintage washer to use than on actually sorting laundry"


Don't laugh too much... this does happen to me fairly often!   * giggle *

Post# 839177 , Reply# 2   9/2/2015 at 07:35 (1,139 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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When you have 1 washer and 1 dryer in your laundry room, 2 washers in your master bath, 1 washer in your master BR closet, a dishwasher and dryer on your patio, and 25+ appliances in your garage.

Post# 839190 , Reply# 3   9/2/2015 at 08:47 (1,139 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

When you see a photo of a mid-1950's Westinghouse dishwasher and know that particular machine was the one year Westy employed a metal rather than Bakelite impeller (tomturbomatic).

Post# 839191 , Reply# 4   9/2/2015 at 09:03 (1,139 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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...When your version of the alphabet is as follows:  K=1953, L=1954, M=1955, N=1956   etc....   LOL 

Post# 839192 , Reply# 5   9/2/2015 at 09:04 (1,139 days old) by hoovermad (England)        

When you browse the domestic appliances for sale on eBay several times a day just in case you find "treasure "

Post# 839194 , Reply# 6   9/2/2015 at 09:24 (1,139 days old) by mikael3 (Atlanta)        

When people ask you about old movies and TV shows, and you describe all the great appliances but can’t remember the plot!

Post# 839199 , Reply# 7   9/2/2015 at 09:39 (1,139 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        

When you still go into appliance stores and know more than the salesman selling the washer and driers and tell him so.

Post# 839210 , Reply# 8   9/2/2015 at 10:50 (1,139 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
When you..

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find youself "recklessly" dirty-ing extra bowls, pans, dishes and utensils because you can't wait to hear the roar of your vintage dishwasher.  That's of course after you decide which one you'll use that day.


Or even worse, when you just run it empty because you can't wait.

Post# 839217 , Reply# 9   9/2/2015 at 11:31 (1,139 days old) by Gusherb (Chicago/NWI)        

When you just woke up from a dream and realize you don't have a KitchenAid KDS-17 or 18 in your kitchen... Or when you eagerly count the days until it's "the big" laundry day again, then wash every possible thing in the house dirty or clean and watch the washer through every cycle.

Post# 839218 , Reply# 10   9/2/2015 at 11:38 (1,139 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        

"Normal" people laugh at you behind your back, but you can, and do, tell them that the Thor Automagic that they had been "eww gross-ing" has separate tubs for dishes and clothes, and that shuts them up right quick!!


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Post# 839221 , Reply# 11   9/2/2015 at 11:58 (1,139 days old) by Whirlpolf ()        
when your landlord...

...asks you: "So why would a single person need 5 washers? Isn't that 4 too many?" (happened here last month) and, not even thinking about it, you hear yourself answering: "Nope, that is 4 x 4 too few of them".

Or when a friend comes up and says: "Hey soap wizard, I got under my truck, My hands are ok, but what can you do about that stained sweater?"

Or when your brother in law calls you from 300 km away and says: "Got that weekly leaflet of xyz market here. Three models here, priced almost identically, which one?"

Post# 839223 , Reply# 12   9/2/2015 at 12:14 (1,139 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

When you could win on Jeopardy if the answer to the Daily Double was "What is a BobLoad."

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Post# 839230 , Reply# 13   9/2/2015 at 13:07 (1,139 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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...when everyone else in the room goes deathly quiet after someone informs you that their new dishwasher/washer/dryer is so much better than anything built in the 1950s.  

Post# 839236 , Reply# 14   9/2/2015 at 13:38 (1,139 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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When you see a picture of a vintage machine, and remember when they were new.


Or you drive around to the back of every Lowes you pass by.

Post# 839237 , Reply# 15   9/2/2015 at 13:48 (1,139 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
You know you're a member of AW when....

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.... you have the ability to wash six loads of laundry at the SAME time... in YOUR OWN home!


 >> OR << 


.... you have somehow acquired more than 50 washers, dryers, washer/dryer combos, twin-tubs and wringers that date back as far as 1949 or 1950.


 cool  tongue-out

Post# 839240 , Reply# 16   9/2/2015 at 14:05 (1,139 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        
You know you're a member of AW when....

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you're apologizing for the fact that the washing machine in the livingroom isn't connected.

Post# 839249 , Reply# 17   9/2/2015 at 16:01 (1,139 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

You have childhood memories of a trip to "the car" with embarrassed parents because you terrorized the appliance department of a store. An awful  behavior reminiscent of ADHD, OCD, demon possession & steroids. 

Post# 839263 , Reply# 18   9/2/2015 at 17:09 (1,139 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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You visit the laundry detergent aisle even though you have no need for detergent.

You have several different laundry detergents in your laundry room.

A difficult decision to make when washing clothes: what detergent do I use today?

Post# 839272 , Reply# 19   9/2/2015 at 17:42 (1,139 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        
When you upload

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vids of your washer to YouTube and then send the link to everyone you know.

Post# 839273 , Reply# 20   9/2/2015 at 18:00 (1,139 days old) by ladorosh ()        

...when every appliance purchase involves eBay, Craiglist or the Goodwill...and ANOTHER conversation with the hubby about why vintage is so much better....

Post# 839274 , Reply# 21   9/2/2015 at 18:00 (1,139 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        

You've got nothing else to do and so you go to the store just to see what's new in the laundry aisle. Who cares about veggies and fruit!

Post# 839276 , Reply# 22   9/2/2015 at 18:10 (1,139 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        

When you're in a laundromat and just can't stop slamming your head against the wall.

When you just know 3 rinses aren't enough.

When you know what the washer will do - before IT SELF does.

When you take 15 minutes thinking about a better arrangement of the dishes in a DW.

When you look at a washer in a store and the sales person comes up, asking "Can I help you?" and you just want to say "I think with me it rather should be the other way around!"

When you just can't go without the smell of laundry right from the dryer.

When you know basicly any washer on the market.

And, finaly, if you are proud to have as shortcut in your browser.

Post# 839277 , Reply# 23   9/2/2015 at 18:17 (1,139 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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When you can make the bed WITHOUT your wife's help and DON'T feel 'Unmanly' about it! -- Dave

Post# 839278 , Reply# 24   9/2/2015 at 18:22 (1,139 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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When you do everything you possibly can do--and then some--to avoid Walmart, and yet stop by for a quick visit just to see the new Persil detergent line.

Post# 839280 , Reply# 25   9/2/2015 at 18:45 (1,139 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
I have a few:

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1. You are excited for a trip to the laundromat.
2. You can't walk through a Sears, Best Buy or Menard's without looking @ the appliances.
3. You had a MAJOR crush on the Ecolab rep who services your work's dishmachine. (HOLY S#!T could she make a lab coat look sexy.)
4. When you check in to a hotel the first thing you want to find out is what type of washer-extractors they have and do they use Ecolab.
5. When eating in a restaurant you try to find out what kind of dishmachine they have.
6. You have an appliance store looking for old machines for you.

I am guilty of all of these. Nice thread!

Post# 839289 , Reply# 26   9/2/2015 at 20:09 (1,139 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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A major highlight of summer is drying clothes outside.

Post# 839301 , Reply# 27   9/2/2015 at 22:14 (1,139 days old) by mjg0619 (Scranton, Pennsylvania)        

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You know you're a member of AW when half of your Facebook chats and text message thread routinely include the words Maytag, Whirlpool, JetClean, Center Dial, A806, Kitchen Aid, and Speed Queen.

Post# 839306 , Reply# 28   9/2/2015 at 23:03 (1,139 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

1. You remember more about your grandmother's washers than your mother does.
2. You've picked out washers and dryers for multiple scenarios for your new condo.... and the building hasn't changed its rules and you haven't bought the condo yet.
3. You see videos of people using unauthorised agitator attachments and you find yourself more concerned with washer make/model, spin speed, stability, etc. than you are with any action that might be going on.


Post# 839307 , Reply# 29   9/2/2015 at 23:05 (1,139 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

When you can name the three Lefever brothers! ---John (combo52); Phil (kb0nes); Jeff (jeff_adelphi)

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Post# 839318 , Reply# 30   9/3/2015 at 02:08 (1,139 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

When you get very excited when a AW member gets a new or vintage machine and you can't wait to see the pictures or videos.
Always checking in to see what's up with fellow members.

I like it here. And, so far, I like all the members even when I don't see eye to eye on a certain opinion or ideas, I still respect them.

You also know your an AW member when you can remember distinctly the smell of certain soaps and detergents when you were a kid, and for me that's going back to the early 60's. Awww, wisdom and experience.

Post# 839328 , Reply# 31   9/3/2015 at 04:26 (1,139 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        
When you can name the three Lefever brothers!

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And when you met their mother!

Post# 839332 , Reply# 32   9/3/2015 at 04:52 (1,139 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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When you have a Studio Apartment and have 2 dishwashers in your galley kitchen, 5 washers in which 3 are hooked up, 6 total dishwashers, 3 ranges, a full storage area in your residence with appliances, a Storage Unit that is full of ranges, dishwashers and washers and you're still cruising Craig's List for more vintage appliances.

Not to mention Vintage Small Appliances as well of course.

Post# 839347 , Reply# 33   9/3/2015 at 07:24 (1,138 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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When you know what a "Wash-In" is and if you've been to one. Bonus points if you have hosted one before.

Post# 839354 , Reply# 34   9/3/2015 at 09:03 (1,138 days old) by washer111 ()        
Great Thread, Frig!

My contenders


When you check back at at least twice every hour when you're bored (including forums you don't frequent, or topics you avoid with a 10ft pole)


You start reading obscurely-titled threads you never thought could be interesting, that are actually chock full of opinions. 


As soon as someone starts clearing the table, you make a b-line for the kitchen to make doubly-sure they don't start pre-rinsing. If they do, you lecture them. The same goes for cold-water laundering. 

Post# 839355 , Reply# 35   9/3/2015 at 09:04 (1,138 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

1. When you know the names of and have met the other two Lefever brothers.

2. When a "wet dream" is a dream about washing dishes or clothes in dream machines that may or may not actually exist or have ever existed, often machines that you want to find for your own.

Post# 839365 , Reply# 36   9/3/2015 at 10:32 (1,138 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
OR.... You know you're a member of AW when....

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You have met three of the Lefever brothers (John, Jeff & Phil) AND their mother!   surprised  cool


(I believe there are 5 brothers all together)

Post# 839369 , Reply# 37   9/3/2015 at 10:57 (1,138 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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Indeed Kevin, the number of the counting shall be five (I have met them all too!)

You may be a member of AW:

if you have ever placed a GoPro camera inside a running appliance

if you have ever measured the PH of wash water at various points of the cycle

if you have ever graphed the temperature profile of a full dryer cycle

Post# 839439 , Reply# 38   9/3/2015 at 18:58 (1,138 days old) by jjsunshine (Northern California)        

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You've had a bad day, or in my case a not so great year and browsing through AW makes you HAPPY!! I love AW! Thank you!!

Post# 839442 , Reply# 39   9/3/2015 at 19:05 (1,138 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
You also know your a AW Member...

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When you have too much time on your hands and  check each forum, and just about every thread is on "Spin" blue.

Post# 839443 , Reply# 40   9/3/2015 at 19:26 (1,138 days old) by cleanteamofny ((Monroe, New York)        
You Know You're A Member of AW When...

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When you go into a Sears or a major department store and check out all new model appliances!

When you know it's time to add fabric softener for those who do not have an dispenser!

When you defeat the lid lock and view the cycle from start to finish!

When you collect Sears Catalogs to see what agitator is in each 60, 70, 80 and 90 washer series.

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Post# 839444 , Reply# 41   9/3/2015 at 19:26 (1,138 days old) by mjg0619 (Scranton, Pennsylvania)        

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^what Eddie (Toploader55) said........

Post# 839446 , Reply# 42   9/3/2015 at 19:27 (1,138 days old) by mjg0619 (Scranton, Pennsylvania)        
You know you're a member of AW when.......

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You spend your evenings and laundry day plotting ways to make the direct drive Whirlturd in the laundry room take a giant deuce in order to justify to certain people you live with bringing the Maytag (YAY!) up from the basement to serve as the laundry machine of choice.

Post# 839453 , Reply# 43   9/3/2015 at 19:40 (1,138 days old) by Gusherb (Chicago/NWI)        
You know you're a younger AW member when...

You walk down the appliance aisles and walk back out in a huff wishing the year were 1975 so you could drool all over brand new appliances that were actually built like tanks... And make fun of some of the more hideous color choices of the time. (Or maybe buy something in one of those "hideous" colors Hehehehe)

Post# 839454 , Reply# 44   9/3/2015 at 19:48 (1,138 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Or when you're in Europe and have the control panel of a 60's Speed Queen in your kitchen window sill, that you sometimes choose the cycle on that you would use to do the load you're washing in your European frontloader at that moment.

Post# 839495 , Reply# 45   9/4/2015 at 04:01 (1,138 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
You know your an AW member when...

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You go to Shopper's Square and get disappointed because there is nothing new posted by overphil First, and then nothing by any of the other members !!!

Post# 839529 , Reply# 46   9/4/2015 at 08:26 (1,137 days old) by washer111 ()        

When you've been a member long enough to bear witness to Frigilux's chop-n-change of matched sets in the laundry room, and the resulting performance test of the new set vs the old

Post# 839537 , Reply# 47   9/4/2015 at 09:34 (1,137 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You're NOT afraid of THE BUFFALO CHOPPER!!!!

-- Dave

Post# 839566 , Reply# 48   9/4/2015 at 13:56 (1,137 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you won't buy ANYTHING for the kitchen or dining room that isn't labeled "dishwasher safe".

Post# 839623 , Reply# 49   9/5/2015 at 00:09 (1,137 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Or the so called non dishwasher safe things go into the washer anyway!!!Would like to use a Buffalo chopper at least ONCE-just to see how it works!Yes,will keep hands away from the blades while it works!!

Post# 839628 , Reply# 50   9/5/2015 at 00:44 (1,137 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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You know your a member of when:

- You say to your partner on a Saturday morning "I can't be bothered doing anything today I just want to sit and relax" but you end up doing 3 loads of laundry AND ironing it because thats how you 'relax'.

- You make excuses when you visit other peoples homes to visit the bathroom in the blind hope that it might be near the laundry room so you can run in and judge them based on what machine they have, what settings its on AND what detergent they use.

-Part of A 'fun day out' means trawling through whitegoods stores and wishing you had the the space for more more MORE!

- Your friends now just let you do their laundry when you go and visit them and actually consider it a bit strange if you DON"T do at least one load for them while your there.

-You have a stash of laundry detergent from varying continents and eras that is so big you would not actually NEED to buy any until approximately 2020.

There's plenty more but thats about the basics for me lol


Post# 839674 , Reply# 51   9/5/2015 at 08:02 (1,136 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
You know your an AW member when...

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You make your own washing powder and use it!!

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Post# 839675 , Reply# 52   9/5/2015 at 08:06 (1,136 days old) by Gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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When you serve a new casserole, cake, dessert or appetizer and tell you found the recipe on "the washer site" and there was a 20 minute video on how to do it!

Post# 839694 , Reply# 53   9/5/2015 at 11:46 (1,136 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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When you're in a basement all night with a bunch of gay men and all you do is laundry and talk about it.

Post# 839727 , Reply# 54   9/5/2015 at 17:15 (1,136 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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When you're in another country and catch up with a mate from another, completely unrelated forum....only to have it hit you like a bolt of lightening when you discover that you first 'knew' them off


Trust me, it's freaky!

Post# 839748 , Reply# 55   9/5/2015 at 19:30 (1,136 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
people from different countries on

WE are everywhere which is sweet revenge for our isolation as youngsters with a weird obsession.

Post# 839766 , Reply# 56   9/5/2015 at 21:48 (1,136 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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When Appnut is in your living room on Labor Day weekend!

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Post# 839822 , Reply# 57   9/6/2015 at 08:48 (1,135 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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We go into our friends/neighbors houses wondering what kind of 'Fridge/Range-Oven/Washer/Dryer/Dishwasher/even Freezer the folks have!

We engage in conversations that are "old wives tales"--among OLD WIVES!

Or could be the only male involved in a female household discussion & be just as knowledgable & able to dispense knowledge and advice, and receive it as well... --And that often actual WORKS!

-- Dave

Post# 839850 , Reply# 58   9/6/2015 at 14:09 (1,135 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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When I find an unexpected BobLoad® in my Neppy TL, carted in from 180 miles away.

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Post# 839860 , Reply# 59   9/6/2015 at 16:37 (1,135 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . when Saturday every four weeks is your Clean the Dishwasher, Coffeemaker and Electric Kettle with Vinegar Day.

Post# 840204 , Reply# 60   9/8/2015 at 09:06 (1,133 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
You know you're a younger AW member when...

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You definitely have certain machines for blue jeans, whites, delicates.


When you have 2 dishwashers connected under-counter but just need one hookup on the sink for that Youngstown portable.


You've washed with most vintage detergents and its the 21st century.

Post# 840215 , Reply# 61   9/8/2015 at 10:08 (1,133 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You actually CARE about DELICATES! As in squishy, sexy, shiny, luxurious NYLON 'from back in the day'! You'll actually use your Delicate cycle (maybe even have an old school Mini-Basket GE) for whatever 100% Nylon, or whatever is similar (polyester?) is left and give that kind'a TLC! -- Dave

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Post# 840218 , Reply# 62   9/8/2015 at 10:17 (1,133 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
You know you're a Younger AW member when...

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Oh Please !!!   LOL


All what you say is so true.


Miele for Whites.


Maytag for Delicate Gym Clothes or Regular Agitation on Medium or Normal water levels for scrubbing the Crap out of heavy soil.


Kenwhirl for daily Loads, and KitchenAids for Heavy duty Washing.


Good Lord... Having choices are simply the BEST !!! Don't cha think ???


Oh yes, And I have used and remember using Vintage Brands of detergents. Something about Cheer and Clorox washed then Line dried Sheets make me think of Grandma's house.

Post# 841454 , Reply# 63   9/16/2015 at 13:56 (1,125 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
DaveAMKrayoGuy: Old Skool Car AND APPLIANCE Buff!

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You're as "manly" or a "gear head" for being an old appliance enthusiast as you are for being a geek for old cars...!



-- Dave

Post# 841520 , Reply# 64   9/17/2015 at 06:30 (1,124 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
How About When...

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you cannot sleep so you lie in bed watching videos of other people's washers on YT. Only to wake up several hours later to find YT has continued to serve up random videos of other people's washers while you slept and it makes you smile...


Post# 842117 , Reply# 65   9/21/2015 at 15:09 (1,120 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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...when your partner is at first suspicious of the slips of paper tucked into your wallet with cryptic notes like 'Larry - NOS WD12X53   555-7777' or 'Susan possible spin-tube lead - Milwaukee' but then realizes they are referring to vintage appliances or parts.

Post# 843638 , Reply# 66   9/30/2015 at 14:25 (1,111 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
I forgot one:

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If you went to the Laundromat on your honeymoon.

Post# 843724 , Reply# 67   10/1/2015 at 07:59 (1,110 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You see discarded appliances on your drives that you irk your fellow-passenger/passengers to see...


You wish that the appliance WOULD have the DOOR or LID LEFT ON so you can at least see the brand! (I know, the door or lid need to be taken off, for the assurance that nothing or no one gets trapped inside...)



-- Dave

Post# 843966 , Reply# 68   10/2/2015 at 17:43 (1,109 days old) by Brib68 (Central Connecticut)        

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Because you have to pause Masters of Sex because you can't go on until you identify the dishwasher. (GE Mobile Maid, right?)

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Post# 844081 , Reply# 69   10/3/2015 at 13:06 (1,108 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        

you go past a house with a delivery truck in the driveway, and wonder what machine(s) is/are exiting, and what machine(s) is/are entering.


Post# 844131 , Reply# 70   10/3/2015 at 16:45 (1,108 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Your cruising Craig's List and CRINGE when you see Air conditioners stored and photographed on their side 

Post# 844537 , Reply# 71   10/6/2015 at 15:42 (1,105 days old) by brib68 (Central Connecticut)        

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When you don't mind that your husband does races like Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder because it's a chance to use all the special cycles on your washer and the drying rack in the dryer.

(For the record, LG FL, Gentle, warm wash, Heavy dirt, pre-wash with Wisk, main wash with Tide powder and Biz. And then turn everything inside out for a gentle cycle wash, normal dirt, with Wisk to get rid of any remaining grit.)

Post# 844670 , Reply# 72   10/7/2015 at 09:49 (1,104 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

...When you pack a load of dirty dishes and pots in garbage bags in the house with the modern dw, drive across town to put them in a 30yr old dw to see how it does. (ps: it kicked ass!)

Post# 846022 , Reply# 73   10/16/2015 at 07:36 (1,095 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
The JCC's West Bloomfield Location, after OP one closed!

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You're in the locker room at your health club and try to peek in the Laundry Room through the doorway when ever it's opened momentarily to see the Washing & Drying Equipment and are PISSED because you STILL don't see it--'cause you're unfortunately not allowed to go more deep within!!!!



-- Dave

Post# 846108 , Reply# 74   10/16/2015 at 18:55 (1,095 days old) by logixx (Germany)        

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When (like in this very moment) your landlord's son in his bedroom above yours, watches porn - while you are watching... a washer video on YouTube.

Post# 846159 , Reply# 75   10/17/2015 at 04:59 (1,095 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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OMG Alex


Morning coffee through the nose.   Toooooo Funny !!!


What a great way to start the day with a Really good Laugh.

Post# 846193 , Reply# 76   10/17/2015 at 10:04 (1,094 days old) by classicguywi (outside of Sheboygan WI)        
you know you are a member when...

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when...... you are planning a laundry room that is bigger than your living room ?

Post# 846614 , Reply# 77   10/19/2015 at 16:34 (1,092 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
You know your an AW member when...

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Yesterday I was on my way to work with one of my employees. There was a pick up truck in front of us at a red light.  There was a washer in the back of the truck on it's laying on it's back and you could see the pulleys on the bottom of the Base Pan.  I said to my friend " That's a Maytag washer in the back of that truck" He asked how I knew... I told him Only Maytag has the pulleys on the bottom of the base pan."  He looked at me weird and said "Oh, I'll remember that the next time I see a washer on it's back".

Post# 846624 , Reply# 78   10/19/2015 at 19:27 (1,092 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You set the dishwasher for a delay start for a time while you & your family were gone just to see the door propped open & the "Start" light flashing and the time remaining before it starts being hours ago--and just give hell to the person responsible hell--my wife, in this case--for opening the door to put "one more thing in it"--silverware, to be exact--though a bowl she used it for is still sitting on the counter, indicating there was no room for it, but should suggest even to any simpleton that the dishwasher WILL go on to wash what there IS inside it that DOES fit--and you've gone through this with this individual, over and over again! As this has happened in the past...--Well, now getting to be a very long story...


But in short: I like the machine to go while we're away, in this case visiting the father-in-law, who's residing in a nursing home, having dinner w/ the mother-in-law at her place, and then coming home to the dishes, pots, pats, silverware, kitchenware, glasses, cups, utensils, etc. nice & dry-and HOT, too!--and mostly THAT is the case, when this frggin' thing, that I routinely set up, GOES RIGHT!!!!



-- Dave

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Post# 846831 , Reply# 79   10/20/2015 at 21:43 (1,091 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
when setting up a NEW computer,

the first place you come after the antiviral site is here.


I now owe my soul to best buy

Post# 846895 , Reply# 80   10/21/2015 at 07:19 (1,090 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You damn yourself for not peeking in the back of the hair salon where the washer & dryer for washing the linen are, (hey, there's a dryer vent, often blowing heat stickin' outta that part o' the buildin'!) though you have the perfect opportunity while the stylist is waiting on the last customer before you get waited on, and then promise you'll try to the next time you go in...


Trouble is, I'm still trying to get my hair to grow real long (guys, when are we going to have a HAIR THREAD??--that stuff isn't just for girls, you know!) and I just go in every month/every two-months for a trim & recently switched to the salon that's at my work; the person I usually go to who operates her business from her home might soon be retiring... And I'm up on the stuff at her housed--the washer & dryer she does her own laundry in, but--Damn!--when she had a place she had her hair business in, that had a washer & dryer in the basement that I never got to see...



-- Dave

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Post# 847192 , Reply# 81   10/23/2015 at 11:35 (1,088 days old) by Revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
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... a friend has a birthday cake like this made for you!

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Post# 847194 , Reply# 82   10/23/2015 at 12:46 (1,088 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you're a better cook than your wife, and she's the first to mention it to new acquaintances.

Post# 847257 , Reply# 83   10/23/2015 at 22:46 (1,088 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
A True Story, Seaway Hosp. More than 30-Years-Ago:

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Your grandpa is in the hospital, you go there w/ your grandmother & li'l sister and then want to see the hospital's kitchen & laundry, dragging those two with you to peek through whatever doors & windows you can look through--yeh, the room where the dirty laundry gets sorted was DISGUSTING!!!!--to get a glimpse at the APPLIANCES they use!


(And unfortunately, the Three Musketeers candy from the cafeteria vending machine had a "hospital food flavor", while the red pop (Strawberry?, Cherry?) that my sis & I got, also had a very disagreeable, "Throw it all away!" taste...)


Grandpa luckily got better...



-- Dave

Post# 847283 , Reply# 84   10/24/2015 at 06:15 (1,087 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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Some of your favorite Saved Searches on Ebay are for decades old appliances, and those searches have been focused, to find just the right items to meet your specific needs...... and checking your search can be rated as one of lifes great pleasures.

When you not only buy appliances you find on line, you worry about their safe arrival. You wonder: 'should I have contacted the seller and asked them to double package?' .... just in case.

You make a video of unpacking appliances and/or showing them in operation, not so much as a How-to video, but more like the pics taken of a child at a graduation ceremony, then post it for the world to see what an appliance loving freak you are proud to be.

My recent ..... graduate. I'm so proud. ;-)

CLICK HERE TO GO TO delaneymeegan's LINK

Post# 847325 , Reply# 85   10/24/2015 at 11:15 (1,087 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

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You're away from home, you realize your membership has run out, you have to remember your Pay Pal password so you can renew your membership on your iPad because you don't want to miss anything on and deserves your donation more than most sites or at least it ranks pretty high for me.

Some people that post in this forum have found it acceptable to be hyper-critical and occasionally down right rude to the point of causing apathy among other members. I know several members or former members that no longer post because a few that behave in this manner. It's sad when a very small number of members are so rude or lack the proper communication skills to participate in a forum that they ruin the free exchange of ideas and information. I considered not renewing my membership because of this behavior, but I love the site so much that I'm going to give it another try and hope that the the people causing dissent will tone it down a bit. I hope these members will realize who they are if they care anything at all about AW.

I know this is drifting way off topic but I feel like it might be a good place to comment. We owe our web masters, Robert and Fred a great deal of gratitude. Even though I haven't met them yet, I hope to some day. I've watched from afar via YouTube, AW and Vaccumland. Thank you for all you do.


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Post# 847371 , Reply# 86   10/24/2015 at 16:13 (1,087 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        
We owe our web masters, Robert and Fred ...

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Your so right, Brian. AW has come a long way since it started, thanks to Robert's, and other's hard work.

Anyone who's been a long term member of this group, or similar type 'collector' groups, recognizes that each member has an idealistic bank of memories that bring them pleasure. It's like we come together for the sake of saying "hey, remember when....... and didn't that make us feel great". And that's great.

IMHO, It seems that people who, like myself, are idealist, tend to be very intelligent, but sometimes the intelligence comes at the expense of personal skills or other life skills. One simply needs to understand that one persons idealistic views may not mesh with others, or there may be a generation gap. But respect for others views is universal.

I'm so grateful for the work of Robert and others who've put together this wonderful platform. I know it's helped me to appreciate my interests and to understand other people interests. I've learned so much about appliances and other interesting information. So many wonderful people here and so much information as a result.

Post# 847528 , Reply# 87   10/25/2015 at 10:39 (1,086 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . when your wife likens your behavior to a demented obsessed chess master while you're loading the dishwasher.

Post# 847606 , Reply# 88   10/25/2015 at 20:16 (1,086 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
re: Post# 847257 , Reply# 83

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You actually remember the mostly-burnt out florescent lights in the ceiling of that yucky dirty laundry sorting room at that hospital--and the smell that hit you, as well as clearly remember the whatever appliances you saw in the kitchen & laundry there...!


You're open to ancient appliances that were invented even before there was electricity to run them--as well as stuff made in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and places over-seas--even if most of 'em really aren't the Neo-Modern Big Hunk O' America you're used to seeing, but you do like just as much...



-- Dave

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Post# 847620 , Reply# 89   10/25/2015 at 21:03 (1,086 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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You're on a plane.   The captain announces turbulence ahead. The plane rocks, rolls, shakes, and starts to careen out of control. The flight crew plea for help - the pilot and co-pilot have been gravely injured.  You bravely leap out of your seat and struggle to the cockpit.  You bravely throw the door open, grab the radio and scream: "MAYTAG! MAYTAG! MAYTAG!"

Post# 847660 , Reply# 90   10/26/2015 at 07:24 (1,085 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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LOL @ turquoisedude

Post# 848784 , Reply# 91   10/31/2015 at 03:16 (1,081 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
When you're working a stretch

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and can't get online there due to the firewall, but you are just dying to find out who's ranting this week about how bad modern HE washers and dishwashers are.  Then on off days you sit in front of the computer eating a bag of candy while reading all the responses (and laughing so hard almost wet your pants)! ! ! !


ducks and runs.....!

Post# 848842 , Reply# 92   10/31/2015 at 10:31 (1,080 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        

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You have more than one laundry room and still have appliances in storage.
You have more washers / dryers than you have loads of laundry per week.
You have more than 3 types of detergent, and use all of them.
You cook on your Chambers range and pitty the unfortunate souls who only have a Wolf or Viking.
Your refrigerator's referigerant is neither R12 nor R134a.
You know what refrigerant your refrigerator uses.
You have more than one dishwasher.
You have more than one dishwasher, and you use them!
You use appliances (plural!) with cloth cords.
You have replaced one appliance with an older model.
You yearn for features that used to exist, but are no longer on the market (foot pedals to open dryers and refrigerators!).
You believe washer and dryer consoles should always be lit.
You are in any way bothered by new appliances that last less than 7 years.
You know what a dryer sprinkler is.
You use a dryer sprinkler.
You won't use a washing machine unless you can clean its lint filter.

And finally:
You have the cleanest laundry of everyone you know!


Post# 849274 , Reply# 93   11/2/2015 at 13:11 (1,078 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . an entree, side dish or dessert is deemed "for VERY special occasions ONLY" because a utensil or cooking vessel required to prepare it isn't dishwasher-safe.

Post# 849349 , Reply# 94   11/2/2015 at 19:02 (1,078 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

You know you're an member when...'re almost married to another member and you knew each other thanks to an specific washer model you posted almost three years ago.

Post# 849408 , Reply# 95   11/2/2015 at 22:58 (1,078 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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Aww, that's sweet Thomasortega. Love in the laundry room. I like that.

Post# 849591 , Reply# 96   11/3/2015 at 18:32 (1,077 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Thanks. And yes, everything started right here a little bit over 2 years ago and a few hours ago se were exchanging emails about finger size (for the ring) and how we are going to use the last name.

I won't tell who's Mr. Right because he's discreet. if he wants, he'll tell here.

But our closer friends in the group could follow our love and wash story since the beginning.

Post# 849921 , Reply# 97   11/5/2015 at 10:00 (1,075 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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One side of the Temperature Selector on your dryer's control panel is too far from the other, so you coordinate your loads so you don't have to go far from one Temperature to the other (Highest to Lowest, Lowest to Highest) eg.




In other words, I go from Delicate to Medium, High to Low, Low to Medium or Vice-versa, in the above... (I can get this system to work, believe me, I've done it a life-long time since getting this dryer, before!)


-- Dave

Post# 850054 , Reply# 98   11/5/2015 at 23:59 (1,075 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You go through another extreme: "Appliance Siting"--STALKING, rather!

Yes, spied through a kitchen window in my in-laws' neighborhood, and on a wall, A DOUBLE-OVEN BLACK GLASS DOOR!  The four KNOBS were the first most-noticed...  Then the ANALOG timer w/ start-stop and the digital clock--a rotating kind, NOT any LED's...


And the brand, most-likely? (I didn't get THAT close, but could easily identify) a GENERAL ELECTRIC... (Not just GE!)



-- Dave

Post# 850812 , Reply# 99   11/10/2015 at 08:54 (1,070 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
More on The Appliance Peeping Tom:

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Yes, the wall oven was seen at night, while just going out w/ some mail...


Another "through the window" to the extreme: The top of a Side by Side fridge that looked like it was in Coppertone, but I think turned to Stainless, or might'a been all along... I drove by a house where that somehow noticeably got seen...


I remember a newly-discovered hallway at my high school housing the big home economics dept. (which I wish I had taken!) that had a gallery of Westinghouse electric ranges, a stacked White-Westinghouse washer & dryer, and a built-in cook top & double wall oven, also Westy's the teacher used...  This was the '80's, but all were still-working '70's, including the one, or two Westinghouse fridge/fridges, seen through the long window, along the hallway I had just not til that moment, that day, ever trod...!


The middle school I had attended had two Home Ec rooms, three counting an un-used one, still housing a single oven Frigidaire wall oven & pushbutton GE cook-top, and peeking in the working class rooms saw, in addition to the usual Westinghouse stock had Caloric gas ranges--plain ones that only had Self-Clean...! (Later, I worked for the school library & got to make rounds going to classrooms, in MS & HS, so I got to go into the former, but not the latter--there went to other non-HE rooms via that corridor...)



-- Dave



Post# 851074 , Reply# 100   11/11/2015 at 16:48 (1,069 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
AAH! I'm guilty of another one.

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I can name the 3 LeFever brothers on the site and I have met their mother, In her own home.

Post# 851083 , Reply# 101   11/11/2015 at 17:32 (1,069 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

- when you get most of your pop culture info on

- You spend all night in a basement with a bunch of gay men and you leave with a burning ... interest in a particular 1930's downflow oil-fired hot water boiler


Congrats, ThomasOrtega and nice to hear from you again:-)

Post# 851163 , Reply# 102   11/12/2015 at 00:40 (1,069 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You can equate Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry", about TV news reporting from an Anchorman's point-of-view, in a world of media sensationalism and yellow journalism (I remember hearing that song for the first time) with what that song sounds like in the literal term (and likening those sound effects to laundry equipment!) as in dirty clothes--and of course, stuff "aired in public", another literal term, hence the name of one of Forums here at AW...!

-- Dave

Post# 851354 , Reply# 103   11/13/2015 at 07:05 (1,067 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You dig a song like "Grandma's Electric Washing Machine" (from the wringer days, post-one-stroke gasoline "lawnmower engine", I'm assuming)...


You bought Joe Walsh's SO WHAT? album 'cause you were curious about a song there called "All Night Laundry Night Blues"--and hear the groan into a washtub & in the chatter at the end of the song, can make out "detergent"...



-- Dave



Post# 852590 , Reply# 104   11/19/2015 at 01:55 (1,062 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Couldn't foist the unwanted candy & drink on Granny!

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You finally do peer around that corner through the open door at your health club's laundry to see a humongous washer & equally gigantic dryer and even a freight elevator w/ a red light to tell you it's In Use as well as a few other details & items, though can't recall much else about the electronically controlled appliances as in brand name, or anything like that...



-- Dave

Post# 852616 , Reply# 105   11/19/2015 at 08:26 (1,061 days old) by retro-man (nashua,nh)        

When you are playing cards and you get queens and all you think is Speed Queen. lol


Post# 853117 , Reply# 106   11/22/2015 at 13:41 (1,058 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

...when you spend over an hour making a video only to share with the friends.

Post# 853190 , Reply# 107   11/22/2015 at 20:53 (1,058 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Yes, "I Did!"...

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When you try to sell a replacement plan for a blender (after the person buying it just made you reduce the price to "what he saw it marked for in the aisle") just for him to turn it down, then almost dropping it in his shopping cart yells out "Osters are JUNK, unless it's my '73!" (just randomly gave out a "Harvest Gold-EN Year")...


Since this was one of the new R2D2-looking droids, as opposed to it being my last-"decently-built" machines from 2007--Red & All--from the last good era for it to be still going strong...  Whereas this new Two-Thousand-Fifteen, one WILL need that replacement plan before even ONE of the proposed two years (for a MODEST amount, mind you!) passes...



-- Dave

Post# 853529 , Reply# 108   11/24/2015 at 20:02 (1,056 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

...when your brother,staying at your house while on vacation,asks why there are five washers and two dryers hooked up in the basement (and still doesn't get it when the reason is given :) Or when 2nd hand shop operator wonders what was wrong with the washer you bought 2 wks ago as you buy yet another(old) one...

Post# 854318 , Reply# 109   11/30/2015 at 08:03 (1,050 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You get brave enough at the hair salon to try to peek through the door to the back room (still shuttered) to make out a bank of white appliances meaning a washer & dryer for laundering towels, smocks etc.--hey, there is a dryer vent sticking out of the wall at the front of the store I work at! Just not enough steam coming out of it to make it look like a fire...! LOL...


You're warned NOT to be peering in through the door at that neat, same FORTY-INCH FRIGIDAIRE electric stove, when, years before, my sister & I (chaperoned by an "older person" going to the door with us, warning me "what could happen") were going trick or treating on Halloween & some old man lived there (who didn't seem to want to be pulled away from his card game with his buddies, yet had his porch light on, passing out candy anyway!)


Yet, you're lucky enough, years later, to have a paper route & get to peek into that same kitchen, through that same front door, of that same house, of one customer who moves into there & see the same 40" Frigidaire electric range, while conversing about how she used to "fling newspapers & sling burgers" as I was doing...



-- Dave

Post# 855137 , Reply# 110   12/5/2015 at 08:34 (1,045 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You had your head buried in your local newspapers' classified ads & even regularly bought classified ad publications such as AUTO SWAP and TRADIN' TIMES, even if you'd never bought any of the actual appliances, vans, trucks, automobiles for sale, but were there to look (& perhaps browse through the latter's Personal Ads) and loved what you saw that years later you see & learn more about here...! (& other places, after the dominate Hard Copy Media Age, Online...!)



-- Dave

Post# 855292 , Reply# 111   12/6/2015 at 08:08 (1,044 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You watched THE PRICE IS RIGHT as a kid...


Even being told by your mom "it is not a show for kids", but, then, why didn't SHE go on it????!!!!



-- Dave

Post# 856529 , Reply# 112   12/14/2015 at 08:07 (1,036 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You worry you'll damage your washer if you change the speed while it's running (you would if it's an Olde Tyme GE Filter Flo) so you turn it off (I don't know WHY I had mine washing on Delicate/Extra Slow (with a Slow Spin), almost the entire length of MY clothes in the machine before I realized I forgot to turn the knob to Regular/Slow (with a Fast Spin) after I was washing my daughter's clothes; at least I'd changed the Temperature while it was filling (Warm/Cold to Cold/Cold)...)


You remember a commercial for a radio station showing a man washing the dishes to Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" (Hey, it's the 35th Anniversary of The Boss's THE RIVER album!) and the light fixtures over the sink & the main area of the kitchen look like the exact same globes in mom & dad's (right down to my dad being the one who did--and still DOES!--EVERY dish, pan, pot, tableware, utensil, cup, glass, bowl, etc. BY HAND!!!! (Also looked like the actor (an African American guy, actually) even liked the song to do it on the radio spot, and maybe enjoyed doing the dishes in the wee hours, as seemed to be depicted, which was when my dad did 'em, too...)



-- Dave



-- Dave

Post# 856544 , Reply# 113   12/14/2015 at 09:32 (1,036 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You associate THIS SONG with Everything Appliances, etc. (In fact, I can picture hearing this one on the Muzak system at: ______ --fill in the blank!) It's organist Lenny Dee's version of "Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got"--I can even imagine it playing along to the Buffalo Chopper working to!--... And it's 1973, again:



-- Dave


Post# 856624 , Reply# 114   12/14/2015 at 21:12 (1,036 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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You watch what seems like far too many people posting on threads that sound mundane or
Otherwise unworthy you your time to take a look...the number grows, and grows(!) and finally you cave in and see about whatever-the-hell has got everyone so abuzz...prolly Laundress holding forth on a vintage detergent or some such thing...and in so doing you keep finding out there is so much more to find out.

If someone posted this same basic thought earlier, well, cheers, great minds think alike ;-]

Post# 857390 , Reply# 115   12/19/2015 at 08:09 (1,031 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You remember back in 2nd grade, a school project where you bring in empty food containers to learn about volume, weights and measures and one of the containers you bring in is an empty Kleer-Vue windshield washer solvent jug, and another is a 9 Lives cat food can...



-- Dave

Post# 857830 , Reply# 116   12/22/2015 at 09:53 (1,028 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You remember back in the white Bradford dishwasher days your dad loading/unloading the dishwasher, filling it w/ the powdered detergent, hooking it up (it was a portable) turning it on, and all! (Though when it went kaput, it was washing everything by hand--HIS hands!)...


And your dad mixing the powdered milk (God knows why we had that stuff, that I don't really remember actually drinking--and thread idea: Powdered Milk: Does anyone still drink? What purpose does it serve?)


So you carry on tradition, being the family Dishmeister (I am charge of the frustration of getting everything in the D-W to fit!) and making the Kool Aid...! (WE are for PIMM'S! Pimm's BERRY Punch...)


Not to mention the tradition of living in our middle-class Detroit-suburbs (city of Oak Park, MI) that seems to hover over me, when in front of our house, shoveling snow...



-- Dave



Post# 858279 , Reply# 117   12/25/2015 at 08:26 (1,025 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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You finagle your washer to do what you want for a given load.

I always use diagnostic mode on my Calypso to purge the hot supply line to insure the wash fill starts immediately at the target temp ... and I always choose a Hot fill with my tankless water heater set at the desired temperature.

Ran a huge load of grungy whites this morning, starting with a 95°F soak/prewash.  1.5 tbsp STPP, 4 tbsp Biz powder, 4 tbsp Fresh Start.  Stopped the cycle at end of the soak period, went into diagnostic mode to run 3 mins of nutation (diagnostic mode automatically exits after 3 mins).  Let it sit for 10-ish mins, then drain/spin at 400 RPM with a HOT (140°F) spray rinse to preheat the load.  Whitest Whites cycle at 140°F wash, 1.5 tbsp STPP, 4 tbsp Persil 2-in-1 liquid, and 1/2 cup LCB (timed dispenser releases at last ~3 mins of the wash period).

Post# 859643 , Reply# 118   1/2/2016 at 14:42 (1,017 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

... You travel from Brazil to LA and you'll never be bored in a hotel room waiting for your BF if you have 5 days of laundry to do.

Or your first tour around the city is arrive at the hotel, throw the suitcase in a hurry and rush to the closest supermarket to see the detergent aisle.

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Post# 860537 , Reply# 119   1/7/2016 at 08:13 (1,012 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
OK, Move Over, Jim Foxworthy, Move Over!!!!

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The name FRANKLIN gives you a WARM, FUZZY FEELING!


Franklin Appliances, Franklin The Turtle, Franklin on Peanuts/Charley Brown, Franklin Graham (son of Rev. Billy Graham--and continuing Billy's legacy, picking upon his mission; as he's going on '99-Y-O', this year!), and Franklin Locks...!


Your idea of being a Thrill Seeker:  Yes, I am washing MY CLOTHES on Heavy Duty! (Fast Agitation/Fast Spin), that normally get washed on Regular (Slow Agaitation/Fast Spin)--which is a pair of jeans, a couple shirts, one of my wife's shirts, and a couple pairs o' mah stank drahwers...!



-- Dave

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Post# 860539 , Reply# 120   1/7/2016 at 08:18 (1,012 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Oooh, check this one out:

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You made up your own Gain Detergent jingle:

"Ooooooh! I got the Wang-Dang... Apple-Mango Tango...! I got the Wang-Dang Apple-Mango Tango, Gain Detergent..."--to the tune of THIS SONG:



-- Dave


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Post# 860549 , Reply# 121   1/7/2016 at 09:03 (1,012 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Apple, Mango, Tango. Does anyone remember some years back when something named sunny lemon or something dishwashing detergent, samples were mailed to people in the U.S.?? I think some of this labeling is dangerous especially if you have small kids running about. Why was there such a flap about "Joe" Camel?

Post# 860555 , Reply# 122   1/7/2016 at 10:48 (1,012 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
OK--that you actually LIKED the Joe Camel Cigarette Ads!

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Joe Camel, unfortunately was portrayed as making smoking look glamorous to kids...  He was claimed to have been as familiar to children as Fred Flintstone, and making him anthropomorphic did put him in a class with Tony the Tiger...


So the Camel mascot was then reduced back to the original nondescript drawing of the animal even with the promotional marketing projects made for adult markets in publications that wouldn't be visible to our young showing a whole lotta smokin' anthropomorphic camels, including ol' Smokin' Joe--& pullin' a Camel mask off of an unwanted Marlboro man--apparently invading their hangin' out & partying...


--And my "challenged on the Heavy Duty Wash-, Spin-Speed combination/Turned-Regular Wash-, Spin-Speed combination load" got dried on the "Regular" not "Heavy" temperature setting on the dryer; 'Med. High' as opposed to 'High', in other words...



-- Dave

Post# 860563 , Reply# 123   1/7/2016 at 12:29 (1,012 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Neil Diamond Song written w/ 9 others, including Larry Weiss

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You feel like telling these "Ten Lonely Guys", acting like TEN LITTLE BOYS , that they gotta "MAN UP!"...


(In other words, 'Just get over her!'...)



-- Dave


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Post# 860574 , Reply# 124   1/7/2016 at 13:40 (1,012 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . when it's been years since you've made pancake or waffle batter from a mix because after much experimentation and borrowing here and there from publicly available recipes you've just about perfectly recreated Sambo's pancakes.

Oh, all right:

Heat griddle to 375.

Melt and allow to cool while prepping remaining ingredients:
2 tbsp. butter.

Whisk together in 8-cup mixing bowl:
8 oz. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
4 tbsp. powdered buttermilk

Beat for 5 min. at high speed in 4-cup measuring cup:
2 eggs
2 tbsp. sugar

Add 1 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, beat 1 more minute on high.

Scrape foamy egg mixture into dry ingredients, add cooled melted butter. Blend on low speed 30 seconds max, let rest 10 minutes (a COLD oven is a perfect resting place).

Gently ladle 1/4 to 1/2 cup batter onto hot griddle, bake 2 to 3 minutes on a side.

Post# 860620 , Reply# 125   1/7/2016 at 18:39 (1,012 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . when you've successfully converted all of your favorite recipes so they can be prepared in either a slow-cooker or a pressure cooker but haven't got around to making an audition video for "Next Food Network Star" to pitch your proposed series "TIME-WARP KITCHEN: ONE Dish, TWO Speeds".

Post# 861585 , Reply# 126   1/13/2016 at 09:34 (1,006 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
But practice Electrical Safety!

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You've survived the jolts from bolts of volts:


Electrical shocks from the exposed prongs of cords you accidentally touched while disconnecting a plug from an outlet... And at least remember specifically one out of the couple of so times it had happened when you were unplugging (I was a kid who usually should know better!) and at least one thing that you were unplugging (a lamp) when you got "stunned" from it...



-- Dave

Post# 861766 , Reply# 127   1/14/2016 at 07:09 (1,005 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Smell both, especially the former long after the stove's

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Nothing makes a Good Morning than the smell of Fresh Coffee and Natural Gas!



-- Dave

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Post# 861773 , Reply# 128   1/14/2016 at 07:35 (1,005 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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It may be a pair o' slacks, a sweat shirt & a T, washed on Regular (Slow Agitation, Fast Spin) but I'm Drying It Old School: Use The Highest Temp & The Timer!



-- Dave

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Post# 862997 , Reply# 129   1/20/2016 at 03:03 (1,000 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

...When you arrive from Brazil and you spend 2 hours at Home (homo) Depot looking the washing machines and wanting to die when you realize there are only impeller top loaders or even worse, some agitators that look like a "male impeller".

I'd love to see some turquise agitators on new maytags or a super surgilator in a Whirlpool or a Frigidaire made by GM...

And the front loads... well, they all look sooooooo boring, except that huge LG with the pedestal washer (almost useless but cute).

Ok, who's going to sell me a Maytag A50? I need one ASAP!

Post# 863050 , Reply# 130   1/20/2016 at 10:24 (999 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You do the Daredevil Delicate Load:

(That's Right: HEAVY DUTY--Fast Agitation, Fast Spin; but at least Short Cycle on the Timer Dial...  Warm Wash/Cold Rinse; they're white garments...)


--Playing Squishy Material (Nylon, Polyester--'one particular item' is made from) Survival!




-- Dave




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Post# 863259 , Reply# 131   1/21/2016 at 10:27 (998 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Well, the stuff came out looking perfect (even the actual Delicate item) and I was nice to the laundry drying it on the next-to-lowest (not lowest) heat setting on the dryer, and think everything was still OK...


The load got followed by more of me & my wife's clothes (outer, not under) and switched the heat to highest temp (along with the actual TIMER) to do more good ol', old school BOL dryer drying!


But here is what happened when I had my Andy Williams' You've Got A Friend album play  during my sleep:

The Marvin Gaye "What's Going On?"-like version of "It's too Late" trying to endlessly climb to reach something on a high shelf... (It just got higher and higher, no matter how taller the step stool or ladder I used) until "I'll Be There" came on & I got it...


There's the used appliance store--or NEW if my dream were to actually take place in the era that this song was recorded: His cover of The Fortunes' "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" (a salesman in a suit played the guitar solo, as well)...

(Another time, before that, it also played as I walked with my tray in some fast food joint/cafeteria trying to find a place to sit at, as people gawked at me hoping I wouldn't sit by them... --Must have been taking place back in my high-school days, though we didn't exactly have some sort of "Arnold's" joint we'd hung out at after school, if that was what had been depicted...)


Along with a cook-top that had these lights which read "Maybe", "Try Again", "Not Now", etc. as it was a combined stove and executive decision maker's cube, while afterwards, his version of Bread's "If" played...



-- Dave

Post# 863465 , Reply# 132   1/22/2016 at 08:24 (997 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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OK, it was the Barry DeVorzon version of "Theme from SWAT" on Barry's record playing in my sleep, that I dreamt that I was trying to figure out how to escape through my tiny basement window at my parents house when there was a house fire; thank God that was a dream...



-- Dave


Post# 863500 , Reply# 133   1/22/2016 at 11:40 (997 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Ok, I think I'm now officially 'old':

The noise of NYC subways does not bother me in the least but I was able to tolerate that high-pitched whistle in the SWAT theme song for about 3 second!


P.S. Worse, I was listening to it through the speakers of a ThinkPad x200s!

Post# 863501 , Reply# 134   1/22/2016 at 11:46 (997 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

There're a few impeller TL's that let you adjust the water level yourself.
There're also a few that allow you to do the same with wash and rinse temps (including rinse)
There're also a few that have a 'water fall' flow during the cycle.

Anyone know if any machine has all three features?

Burning Question of the Day:

Does anyone have any idea how Home Depot got the moniker Homo Depot? You couldn't tell by ANY of the Home Depots I've ever been to. IMO they all should be called Breeder Building Supplies!


Post# 863502 , Reply# 135   1/22/2016 at 11:59 (997 days old) by glomain (tuscarawas cnty. (eastern ohio))        

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LMAO,we don't have one in this county,just one lowes that's it

Post# 864040 , Reply# 136   1/25/2016 at 18:02 (994 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I finally, finally, got the nerve to see the hair salon's washer & dryer pair in the back!


It's an ESTATE...




-- Dave

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Post# 864274 , Reply# 137   1/27/2016 at 09:38 (992 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Washin', Dryin' Linens @ Smart Style Salon!

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The dryer most-likely was electric, a start button, timer (maybe an auto-dry) and three temperatures--couldn't get close enough--and a start button...


Easy to figure the washer there was a three water load, three wash temp all w/ cold rinse & probably one-speed...


Are they "colored"? Yes: --White!



-- And --


Kawalek Kawality:


You remember the Kawalek (did I spell that right?) Boiler from the boiler/mechanical room in your elementary school--maybe the more than one you've attended--and saw the same thing in the movie, THE BLUES BROTHERS, when Jake & Elwood were w/ Cab Calloway in the furnace room at the orphanage they were later on their mission to save...



-- Dave


Post# 864762 , Reply# 138   1/30/2016 at 03:27 (990 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I remember the old Cleaver-Brooks boiler logo of the flame coming out of a burly mans hand!This was on the old boilers at work.Would have liked to take the logo platew off when the boilers were scrapped.The new ones don't have that cool logo.

Post# 864822 , Reply# 139   1/30/2016 at 15:12 (989 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Returning to the original topic . . .

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. . . you try to cook entire meals (like microwave Turkey Meatball Stroganoff with extra wide egg noodles) entirely in Corning Ware Pyroceram (meatballs in 2 pie plates), Visions (the noodles on the stove in the 6-liter, the gravy in the microwave in the 2.5l) and/or Pyrex (meatball kneading bowl and nonfat Greek yogurt [sour cream substitute] tempering bowl).

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Post# 864825 , Reply# 140   1/30/2016 at 15:22 (989 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you're old enough to remember when the appliance department at Sears was so big it took at least two days to see everything.

If you didn't have two days, you could always see the much smaller selection at Montgomery Ward at the other end of the mall.

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Post# 864918 , Reply# 141   1/31/2016 at 11:52 (988 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

...It's Sunday and after working like a slave on saturday and walking 5 miles because you went to walmart and your phone died, so you couldn't request an Uber, you wake up at noon on sunday with sore legs and the only thing you can think is start vacuuming the hotel room.

Post# 865126 , Reply# 142   2/1/2016 at 23:20 (987 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
re: Post 861585, Reply 126: also Blender Plug Prong!

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Forgot about FRANKLIN MINT--when you love their Automobile Replicas & settle for one of those in place of a REAL Classic Ride...


When someone in your neighborhood gets a new appliance and the next best thing to it is the box it came in that you get to make your own club house/play house out of...


And you're disappointed in weak the cardboard is because of what it carried & that the appliance had to come out of it, but have the many fond memories, with it as well...



-- Dave

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Post# 865138 , Reply# 143   2/2/2016 at 03:44 (987 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Or---not boxes but when machines came in wood crates!!!Now that is long ago.

Post# 866052 , Reply# 144   2/7/2016 at 22:41 (981 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You fought with your sister over who got the most sprinkles on Grandma's homemade cookies (and somehow that sister was swinging the door to the cold front hallway open and closed letting the cold from the outside in--the door to the house was weather-proofed, but the hall just had no duct to warm it, and there was a dashund dog insulting blanket right at the bottom of that door to keep the heat in)...

Somehow an "I'm mad at you!" came from mom (after I think sis asked "Why?") over those two incidents on our way home that late night...

You had a playhouse at the floor of a linen closet, complete with GE appliances cut from a newspaper ad taped to the wall... Yes, a top-freezer fridge, washer, dryer, built-in dishwasher, and electric stove...

You were fascinated with dishwashers that you had a few taped along the wall beside your bed (my one favorite brand was Hotpoint), probably reflecting our Bradford's declining condition...

-- Dave

Post# 867290 , Reply# 145   2/15/2016 at 14:22 (973 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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When you find yourself saying "I gotta go to the Laundry Area..." or "I gotta go to the Laundry Room...", which I do, frequently...


And this is mostly during the little (quality) time I have with (daughter) Laura...


Think it might make, or maybe might have made, a great monologue for Bill Cosby...  Material for his '8:15, 12:15' album originally on Tetragrammaton, later released on Warner Bros. Records, perhaps...



-- Dave

Post# 867297 , Reply# 146   2/15/2016 at 15:28 (973 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you're old enough to remember when Hotpoint was sold exclusively at upscale department stores and at downtown Hotpoint showrooms in middle- to upper-middle-class towns. And if you lived in a town too small for a Sears, there was always the Sears Catalog store.

Post# 867438 , Reply# 147   2/16/2016 at 11:01 (972 days old) by Bobbi (Pennsylvania)        

Lots of fun, funny and anecdotal stuff here, some of which I saw myself reflected in. :D

Adding to it, I find myself rearranging items in the dishwasher if anyone but me loaded it. Certain things belong in certain places, which I am convinced of after surveying and contemplating angles of spray and angles of dish placement.

How about getting totally mesmerized by a vintage Kenmore 90 Series because it allows me to completely customize my washing, just like my wringer washer does!

Post# 869631 , Reply# 148   2/28/2016 at 17:14 (960 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I remember (and miss!) the "chevy van 30"--with the lettering in all-small letters on the front fenders of the brown van-front panel truck--an early one w/ the slat-grill running around town most-likely delivering furniture for some antique/home furnishings store in Flat Rock, MI that I called "The Furniture Truck"--a newer, white one (also Chevy Van 30) comes in from 1:08 to 1:09 in Madonna's video for "Live To Tell"...


And that you "Lived To Tell" for certain things & events in your life, as well...



-- Dave


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Post# 871768 , Reply# 149   3/10/2016 at 17:18 (949 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
When you ask your co-workers about their appliances,

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they ask you for advice on fixing them and what to buy when they need new ones, and you can tell them exactly what to buy and what to avoid.

Post# 871806 , Reply# 150   3/10/2016 at 20:39 (949 days old) by ptcruiser51 (Boynton Beach, FL)        
When a pal or co-worker asks for advice on an appliance buy

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You investigate different models/brands that would probably work for their needs. Then they'll go to Sears and buy a Kenmore.

Post# 872799 , Reply# 151   3/16/2016 at 01:05 (944 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You see a discarded upright freezer in a Wheat color that you mistake for a Norge or some worthwhile brand that ends up being a Woods--with a plastic interior, likely to be a Frost-Free model, with no inside-light to be seen, but the removed door was blocking the interior and I was on my work, so there was no time to get in depth or even take a picture with my investigation I felt weird doing--it was down the block in my neighborhood...

-- Dave

Post# 872837 , Reply# 152   3/16/2016 at 08:48 (943 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
When on holidays as a kid

at a relatives house, you couldn't wait to see the washer, dryer, and sneak into their vacuum cleaner closet because it was embarrassing to ask what kind they had.
Then when going to Sears on thrifty Monday with the folks, rather than to the toy dept., you bolted for the major appliances. Especially in February wen the new models came out.

Post# 872992 , Reply# 153   3/17/2016 at 10:47 (942 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You can be trusted not to eat, drink, swallow (thought it was "Swailed" as in if the contents of a bleach bottle had dried up--give milk or cooking oil) or ingest poisonous, toxic chemicals that are not stored out of reach--same for flammables & aerosols...

You went from your stuffed animals being family members, as in wife & kids, to after being hooked on the EMERGENCY ONE-TV series becoming your fellow-paramedics and firefighters, as well as the staff at Rampart General Hospital, then miss everyone working on the midnight shift at Rampart and sleeping in their own bunkers--as I've never had any pretend fires or emergencies during the night at bedtime--to wanting everyone back in bed & becoming family again... --And the loudspeaker, a hunk of paper taped to my bedroom wall, my friend teased me about having there, and wanting me to have something to respond to, as did my sister (told her "mom & dad" were on staff at the Auxiliary Unit & that "they had us young" if they were active & weren't too old or retired), to taking it off the wall that night in that moment--sort'a like the Three Stooges doing that on an episode where they were Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard...

And similated "compartments" for "departments" as in "everyone" was brought back together after being spread out in different compartments (my parents' bedroom closet was the hospital) and got the warm-fuzzy feeling from seeing "departments" in the encyclopedia (under an index table for a certain South American country--forget which one--that would just be cities, etc.) but "compartments" was the right word...

-- Dave

Post# 873008 , Reply# 154   3/17/2016 at 12:03 (942 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Good imaginations Dave,

We used those gag stcikers that came with what I can't even remember, but they were
like Mad magazine ones. Poopsi cola, Ratz crackers, etc. when we'd play store. Maybe they came with bubble gum.
My oldest friend was born in Oak park. Near 9 mile and Coolidge. Five kids in a two bdrm. ranch with no basement.
Then they moved to Warren and a bigger house.
My folks used to sell at an antique mall in Flat Rock until about ten years ago.
When they had to stop, that's when my mom stopped. She never left the house for three years. She quit going to the doctors, church, everything.
She loved buying and selling. It was her life after we were all grown.
They used to go to Shipshewana a lot.

Post# 874175 , Reply# 155   3/24/2016 at 07:57 (935 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
By what's in your Glovebox?

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So, the other day I was giving a co-worker a ride to his car.  He knows of my interest in many things vintage but when this happened I thought of this post.


I asked, "Will you reach in the glove box and grab my sunglasses"?  He said "Ok, boy you can always tell something about a person by what's in their glove box".  As he is rummaging through, look what he finds on top?  He said "Seriously??, in the car too"?


I just simply smiled.

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Post# 874176 , Reply# 156   3/24/2016 at 08:20 (935 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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... when you bolt awake in the middle of the night exclaiming "Good heavens, it's the clutch yoke spring that needs to be reseated. Why didn't I think of that before?"     AND when the dog and hubby are no longer alarmed by this sort of behaviour. 



Post# 875035 , Reply# 157   3/30/2016 at 19:01 (929 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
I raided the next door neighbors' Lady Kenmore washer--

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--Before Dawn! --With a screwdriver to steal the florescent light, and had no success... --Yeah, 'cause back then I was a real goofy kid!

And years ago, when I was still a kid, I helped the across-the street neighbor buy a whole set of new appliances at one of the last independent retailers, it was called Hot & Cold--in Avocado Green (well, the fridge, stove & dishwasher were; washer & dryer were white) and all!

And at the appliance store I was freaked out by a range on the sales floor with an over-the upper oven (maybe it was an over-cooktop--this could'a been a single-oven with a warming tray, and a built-in hood) that you couldn't get to turn off or close... (I was playing around with it, but at least I didn't have to pay anyone "for breaking it"...!)

It was a Tappan electric range (at the time, and at my young age hard for me to figure out how the oven cleaned--was there a tank of Oven Spray somewhere connected to the stove? No, the heat fro the oven baked off the schmutz...) Replacing a white Whirlpool top-freezer put in the basement to be used as second fridge...

A Hotpoint Side-by-Side refrigerator, but with no ice chute, nor even an ice maker inside--and the two light bulbs in the fridge compartment became only one, as the panel back there the bulbs were behind was hard to open to replace them, when one burned out... Ditto for the dark freezer... The white Whirlpool got moved to the basement to become a second fridge...
I got lots of compliments on the Kelvinator dishwasher--the neighbor said it cleaned so marvelously and she never had to pre-rinse anything she'd put in it... It was a fairly top-of-the-line, not to mention a portable she had connected to the plumbing behind the one before it--a white top loader that I think was a Kitchen Aid...

And not wanting to trust ANYTHING in their LAUNDRY ROOM except WHIRLPOOL:

The washer was a white Whirlpool with three temperatures for was all with cold rinse and a single-speed, with two water levels, replacing a similar one that you gave you three--that I got the panel of--"And you may be an just for that!"...

While the dryer was a swinging door Whirlpool in white, as well--timed dry with maybe an Auto-Dry permanent press, and two temperatures: Too High and Too Low!

The discarded washer got put in the garage, while the dryer was the only original appliance from that menagerie to get moved to their new house (and where I found out it was a gas dryer) where they'd lived out the rest of their lives, until they died...

-- Dave

Post# 875064 , Reply# 158   3/30/2016 at 22:46 (929 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
You know you are an AW member when

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> You buy machines based on their cycle timing/tech sheet/water usage.

> You purchase every laundry and dish-washing detergent in the aisle just to see
how each one cleans.

> You visit thrift shops several times a week in hopes of vintage machines

> Every appliance dealer in the area knows you by your first name lol.

> Your home is a revolving door appliance testing laboratory.

Post# 875545 , Reply# 159   4/4/2016 at 01:13 (925 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
OK 866052/144: "I HATE YOU!" Why?", we asked

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You, your sister, and your two friends, who are also brother and sister, gather around to watch the furnace at your house being fixed--and guess who stays there after first the girls leave, and then your friend says "he wants to go back and watch "Woody", as in the WOODY WOODPECKER cartoon that was on, then runs back upstairs, leaving you down there????


Yes, it was me...

Your grandma stays at the house to watch you while your parents and sister are away, just for you to not want to answer questions about stuff in the house except how to turn the washer timer, to start the machine, and you won't do stuff like helping put the clothes away...

You probably got your mouth washed out with soap for staying bad stuff or imitating stuff from the movies ("SHUT THE G-D D--MN DOOR!") or TV...

Grandma threatened to, to me, but she never did... But she told on me to mommy for saying "doody" and "pee-pee", then it was the wooden spoon from mom...

-- Dave

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Post# 882467 , Reply# 160   5/28/2016 at 08:09 (870 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Maybe we should have an Appliance Stalking Thread:  I saw something even more interesting, and that was a built-in Caloric gas wall-oven, in white, and I could not make out the cooktop on the counter on the left, next to it...  It was a far distance away in a kitchen in the back of a house seen through the open front door--and right across the street from my daughter's elementary school....!


A rare ocasión that my wife and I had to go there and park in the school's parking lot around the back of it to see her in a play, and this was in the daytime an hour in the morning after school had started...  We were walking around the school to get to the front entrance we could still enter through, to go to the media center/library where the play was held... Too bad the owner wasn't around for me to complement the sight of that oven & comment on it, nor gain any additional info on the cooktop beside it, or whatever additional similarly-vintage appliances that house may have had...


Do the appliances seen in my high school's big home economics class, I had never had taken, but seen through the big open window in the hallway count?




-- Dave

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Post# 882969 , Reply# 161   5/31/2016 at 08:05 (867 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
DaveAMKrayoGuy's WONDER YEARS: 1972-1973 --

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My cousin backed me away from a gas range in her house I was touching the knobs to--literally thinking I was going to turn the stove on (we were very young--and this was what must have been the short time that she, my aunt & uncle lived in Michigan--Ypsilanti, to be exact, before moving to Maine), and well,--Hot Damn!--maybe I was...


You push your toy lawnmower (while dad is pushing his real lawnmower--which was actually a REEL lawnmower--no electrically-powered motor, or gas engine) over a hole in the ground just for a swarm of bees to fly out & stick right on you (Dad, as well) then have to go to the hospital and have a few nightmares of them flying out of a dryer vent sticking out of the side of a house frequently walked by...


Days before that incident, that dryer vent was more pleasant to look at, hear the dryer running & blowing its hot exhaust through it and somehow hearing America's "A Horse With No Name" play...  (And a year later, walking by the gas station on these cement banks on the way back from 7-11 with my Slurpee, long after the bee-attack, and afterwhich it had been forgotten, it was Steely Dan playing "Reeling In The Years"...)




-- Dave

Post# 886546 , Reply# 162   6/23/2016 at 07:36 (844 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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A s a child, you loved the "Tut-tut-tut-tut-tut-tut" sound the turnsignal on a car makes... The lever for it goes Down for Left, Up for Right and learned how Middle cuts it off...




-- Dave

Post# 886601 , Reply# 163   6/23/2016 at 14:06 (844 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . guilt finally gets the better of you and you confess that the Southwestern Bolognese Sauce on the fusilli you took to the pot luck is really 3 cans of chili (no beans) from ALDI.

Post# 886625 , Reply# 164   6/23/2016 at 18:55 (844 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Some turn signals

still click. It depends where the flasher is mounted. They used to be in the fuse block below the dash.
Ford used only one flasher for turn signal and hazard flashers, while GM used two.
Todays Impala for example, has it mounted middle behind the dash, quietly insulated. It can barley be heard. I think that's why the hazard flasher switch is either left of the radio, or on top of the steering column.
As for the position of the signal lever, that is variable to the country you are driving in.
Homologated right hand drive vehicles have the lever facing the door, so the down position is for a right turn.

Post# 886659 , Reply# 165   6/24/2016 at 00:48 (844 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        
Lever facing the door

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Actually most of the time in right hand drive car, the lever is towards the middle of the car. There was an exception for quite a long time for cars made in countries where they drive on the right.

Post# 886692 , Reply# 166   6/24/2016 at 06:18 (843 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Well, this was when I was riding my sister's big wheel, and the person with me (a neighbor-gal who acted as one of our babysitters) told me "middle cuts it off" but in my youthful mind, insisted Middle was Left, Up was Right, and Down would be Off...


I made an Oyster & Milkshake stand in the sandbox, just for her to tell me "Milkshakes are Fattening & I hate Oysters!", and for me to tell her that my food was Kosher just to tell me that Oysters cannot be, unless they're imitation, so I made them imitation (with Salmon, then, inside fake plastic shells; wouldn't matter, everything was mud and sand...)


She told me of her first job at the local Burger Chef, where the floor where the fryer was, was slippery from the grease and the walk-in refrigerator/freezer floor was slippery from its operating conditions (and I asked about the lights in the kitchen & in the walk-in appliance: Florescent and Standard (not Soft White) Incandescent...)--Oooh, boy, was I a piece o' work! --Where WAS BACK THEN????!!!!




-- Dave

Post# 886730 , Reply# 167   6/24/2016 at 10:46 (843 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Louis, yes

that was when the left hand drive steering column was just switched to the right side of the car. That is not homologation.
It means that all instruments, lighting, registration plate mounting, etc. is designed into the vehicle for both export applications to be prototypically opposite.
Ford Galaxies sold in Australia or NZ that were from Canada even had the master brake cylinder still on the left side of the car. A steel bar was added from the brake pedal to the vacuum booster under the hood in front of the fire wall. Those may have even been CKD (complete knockdown) vehicles and assembled by Ford Australia in Cambelfield Victoria.
Canadian full size Pontiacs shipped to Australia and New Zealand only had the Chevrolet dash and instrument panel.
I live in the former motor city and I know cars. Even the former DAF variomatic.

Post# 886732 , Reply# 168   6/24/2016 at 10:51 (843 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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So which cars on the market nowadays are homologated then?

Post# 886783 , Reply# 169   6/24/2016 at 15:38 (843 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
All US assembled and Canadian

vehicles for export are for sure. That was part of the world class quality ISO 9000
plan from the early 90's.
I read the article you posted, so I'd have to check say a Jeep Grand Cherokee right hand drive to see where the turn signal stalk is.

Post# 886785 , Reply# 170   6/24/2016 at 15:45 (843 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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The early 90's are almost 25 years ago. I was asking about modern cars. It looks like things have changed since then.

Post# 886879 , Reply# 171   6/25/2016 at 09:26 (842 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
things have not changed that much

It appears the turn signal stalk is indeed on the inside facing side of the vehicles, so they are still only switching them to the right hand side.
However, this means the ignition lock is on the outside facing the door for right hand drive. Grand Cherokees now have push button start, but are still built on the same platform as back in the 90's.
The sheet metal and interiors have undergone several changes over the years, but it is essentially the same vehicle it was when Chrysler acquired Jeep from AMC.
Only the Hurricane inline 6 cylinder is gone.
The Fiat designed new junior Cherokee replaced the Liberty, which was marketed as a junior Cherokee in Europe.
No doubt we will see more changes, like with GM, and it's smaller platform Acadia, now sharing it's platform with the Equinox and Terrain suv's, saving raw material and weight from the heavier Traverse, and Enclave. It loses it's third row of seating for seven.

Post# 886883 , Reply# 172   6/25/2016 at 09:53 (842 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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I asked you which cars are homologated, perhaps I should refrase that question. lol

Do you have any idea of what percentage of the cars are homologated, have the lever facing the door? I noticed most European cars are not homologated, have the lever on facing the middle.

Post# 888949 , Reply# 173   7/11/2016 at 09:00 (826 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
I remember this like it was YESTERDAY!

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Mom was spending eternity at the clothing store, Li'l Sis was sleeping' in the stroller, so what was my young self, walking on my tired feet, supposed to do?

Hide under the clothing racks! (The ROUND ones were the best!) 


And THIS (Yes, it had just come out!) was playing:



-- Dave


Post# 888952 , Reply# 174   7/11/2016 at 09:11 (826 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Years ago, I drew a cut-away picture of a house interior with all the furniture, and especially the appliances, while listening the radio, and right when I got to drawing the water heater and its surrounding area, this song came on & fit that part in the drawing perfectly:



-- Dave


Post# 888953 , Reply# 175   7/11/2016 at 09:26 (826 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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More radio days: Doing my homework to what was once a favorite radio station's "underground program" before it joined the modern-day trend of making a format of playing the same stuff over and over again...


I recognized the group's name from the one hit they'd had a few years before this one, "Hold Your Head Up", which I sung out (yelled out!) to the radio...


Oh, yes, SEVEN-WHOLE-MINUTES of this was draggy, but I needed something to help me get through my studies, besides, that summer after High School, I was collecting their records, one-by-one, save for the Rod & Russ solos (well, Russ, I'd in later years, picked up on, but only the first three--or maybe dismissed the last two... --A photo shows him in the third record scratching his head wondering if that sort of thing recorded in Los Angeles with that area's musicians and producer Keith Olsen would really work, just for its follow-up BARNET DOGS (should have kept it longer) to show him back in England with a look of rebound in his more comfortable retreat...  INTO THE FIRE (did I even buy this one?) I guess, was where he had better come up with something interesting soon--I could easily put a few of my Party Bulbs in the basement light sockets (though I only have a couple side by side--this one gal I'd hung out with, a few years ago, had a whole ceiling with about twenty of 'em in hers) & my wife to shoot some shots of me, posing like Mr. Ballard, if I had my old Fender axe & some good threads that look cool, getting raggedy & not how raggedy my stale duds, I wear nowadays, are looking...

(Yeh, another thing that'd make me a member...)



-- Dave


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Post# 888987 , Reply# 176   7/11/2016 at 12:56 (826 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
Forgive me if this has been said...

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..too many replies to read through.


You know you're a member of AW.ORG when you are reaching into the cupboard to grab a dish and the criteria you use to choose one depends more on what fits best in the current load of dishes in your vintage dishwasher and less about the food you will be eating.

Post# 888988 , Reply# 177   7/11/2016 at 13:23 (826 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You know what? That happens to me all the time, and tell my wife and kid to even look in the dishwasher to see what will fit, as it gravitates towards getting too full to put 'just anything' in, and I don't want stuff laying all over the counter--especially in an area where it can mixed up, and or contaminate or be contaminated with/by what's coming out when it's done...

-- Dave

Post# 889030 , Reply# 178   7/11/2016 at 18:33 (826 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you discover a new use for the rental lock on an ALDI shopping cart.

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Post# 889198 , Reply# 179   7/12/2016 at 18:33 (825 days old) by Chachp (Conway, AR)        
What is this rental lock?

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Do you have to rent the grocery carts like you rent carts at the airport or something? I've never seen this at a grocery store.

Post# 889199 , Reply# 180   7/12/2016 at 18:58 (825 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Quarter to unlock the cart . . .

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. . . chain it back up to get your quarter back. Keeps the parking lot neater and the store staff inside where they belong instead of rounding up carts. Works like a charm!

Post# 889222 , Reply# 181   7/13/2016 at 04:26 (825 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
That makes sense

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I've just never seen that before.  I guess I must get out more.  :)

Post# 889241 , Reply# 182   7/13/2016 at 08:35 (824 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Does this count?

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I have an Aldi near me, too...  Only one time I had no quarter, so that meant carrying the rear-ward facing child seat around the store juggling my groceries & trying not to drop my newborn...


--And hearing "I'm glad that--(Blah, blah, blah...)--crap about the baby being grown & not needing to be toted around", instead of people being heartless & popping me 25¢, as maybe I would have done...


OK, more from the archives, so I don't make a whole bunch o' posts for:

My sis & I each had to have OUR OWN dollhouses, each with its now furniture, and Fisher Price Little People--of which an additional set provided a washer & dryer, and a toilet the family it could actually sit on & a bathtub they could fit in--and somehow the pairs all, each had their mates, though one dryer accompanied the Fisher Price Farm Silo used as a wash tub for hand-washing (I had a ladder for the wash board--and some string for a clothes line--and unlike my daughter who plays with REAL WATER, it's OK for me to just pretend!)...



-- Dave


Post# 889243 , Reply# 183   7/13/2016 at 08:55 (824 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        
It makes perfect sense...

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to ask people to put down money to use the cart and then get it back when they return the cart all in an effort to reduce the clutter in the lot and to avoid having to pay people to chase them down.


I'm just so surprised by it because I've never seen it before.


I wonder though is $.25 enough?  I am pretty sure if it's pouring rain I am going to leave the cart next to my car and say screw the quarter, but if I had to put down say $5 I might reconsider.  Just sayin....

Post# 892867 , Reply# 184   8/7/2016 at 10:14 (799 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
. . . you bump the thread with a new observation like . . .

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. . . you notice that the women at the laundromat throw detergent and bleach into the washer like one of Grandma's recipes ("a splash of this, a dash of that, a pinch of the other") while it's the MEN who are carefully scrutinizing the dosing instructions and measuring like chemists in a laboratory.

Post# 893670 , Reply# 185   8/12/2016 at 18:16 (794 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
When you know more about the dishwasher at work than:

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Your boss, His boss, The maintenance guys and their boss, and the Ecolab Guy.
Also the Physical Plant Director followed your recommendation for what machine to put in.

Post# 893673 , Reply# 186   8/12/2016 at 18:46 (794 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
It's taken me a long time to admit this:

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You have a Kinky Sunday morning with your Girlfriend and want to get the sheets in the washer before showering with her.

Post# 895781 , Reply# 187   8/26/2016 at 04:00 (781 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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The tabletop juke box, three selections for fifty-cents at a restaurant... (This was the '80's...)

I was so geeked over the operation, and the songs I picked-well, I only remember two: "shake it up" (the cars) and "centerfold" (j. geils) and my mom not appreciating my ear-to-ear grin, giving it some "other" undesirable term... --And nonchelantlantly begging me: "Don't smile when a record comes on", but which I couldn't help...

Think I liked the '70's better, where my dad and I were at the local Coney Island: "Rock The Boat" by The Hues Corporation, that one of the help, a guy working there, put the money in and played it for us...

Remember "Hey, come get your love" by Redbone playing before it, prompting me wanting my favorite... (well, I like that one, too...)

-- Dave

Post# 895797 , Reply# 188   8/26/2016 at 07:33 (780 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Yes Dave,

I remember both of those songs. How about this one; "Oh it's so nice to be with you" I love all the things you say and do. I forget right now who sang it, but they were from Detroit. I also recall gas was like 33 cents per gallon that year.

Post# 895813 , Reply# 189   8/26/2016 at 09:06 (780 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Gallery! The last non-Motown act from the Genuine Detroit Music Scene...


Think those photographs on the front & back album covers were even on Belle Isle...



-- Dave

Post# 895816 , Reply# 190   8/26/2016 at 09:25 (780 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . the food you make least-often in your toaster oven is . . . toast.

Post# 895824 , Reply# 191   8/26/2016 at 09:58 (780 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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.....when you drop by Home Depot for a box of screws and a paintbrush.....yet walk through the appliances section anyway, spending most of your time there!

Post# 895864 , Reply# 192   8/26/2016 at 16:45 (780 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you can buy 5 or 6 1,000-watt or higher-powered microwave ovens big enough to hold a 5-quart casserole for the money you paid for your first 800-watter that could barely take a dinner plate with 2 slices of leftover pizza.

Post# 896099 , Reply# 193   8/28/2016 at 20:58 (778 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . no one leaves without first seeing the "I can boil water on a napkin!" and "I can put my hand right next to the pot and not get burned!" demos of your neato cool portable induction cooktop.

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Post# 896876 , Reply# 194   9/2/2016 at 11:43 (773 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You see a post from one of your friends on Facebook who just got a freezer, then share a couple pics of your situation ranging from a golf tee-sized amount of space left in your over-loaded refrigerator's freezer, to the ideal location (well, to share w/ you guys, too!) of where to put a separate freezer, though I've been offered a pint-sized cube that sadly broke (it was a no-name Montgomery Ward) then possibly could'a gotten a very inefficient vintage Gibson Frost Clear Sovereign upright, that it replaced, each from my mother-in-law (sorry I never took any pictures of the latter) that a month or two before she moved, flooded the laundry/utility room (& most-likely got discarded by the new homeowners)...


Too bad that I didn't get a response or even just needed at least a "Like"...  (A pint-sized cube is what the F-B friend went out and bought; don't know the brand--or even what store...  Best Buy, Home Depot or Lowe's, I'm sure...)




-- Dave

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Post# 897202 , Reply# 195   9/5/2016 at 01:12 (771 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
You remember fondly,

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Being able to run a #50 Wascomat Giant at the laundromat which did a wonderful job for only $3.50


Post# 897482 , Reply# 196   9/6/2016 at 16:52 (769 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . when the cashiers at the ALDI in Highland, California no longer ask "Did you find everything?" because they recognize you as the guy who always answers "I didn't find an ALDI in Rialto."

Post# 897803 , Reply# 197   9/8/2016 at 18:35 (767 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . 12 years old was the age at which you were deemed capable of going to Sage's (San Bernardino-based 1960s-1970s mega-store) with a bag of iffy tubes that your father extracted from the Curtis Mathes black and white TV/AM/FM/FM Stereo/BSR 3-speed record changer home entertainment center and coming back with working replacements.

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Post# 897808 , Reply# 198   9/8/2016 at 19:08 (767 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Oh gee's

I remember those too. Try telling a young person that stereos and TV's used to have tubes, and some think you mean like a pipe organ.

Post# 897831 , Reply# 199   9/8/2016 at 22:57 (767 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I remember seeing a TV tube tester that was like a Your Weight & Fortune Scale, and the quality of your tubes ranging from Good to Replace, w/ a lot of "suggestive" words in-between...


Here's a "Rock The Boat"sound-alike from almost the same time:



-- Dave


Post# 897876 , Reply# 200   9/9/2016 at 09:18 (766 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I remember

that one as well. It looks like it was filmed in Amsterdam. I spotted a Vauxhall Victor, or Viva, and an Opel Kadette.
I was about 14, listening to it in my room, when my grandma came upstairs. She visited on Sundays usually, or we her. She said I was growing up, and would soon be interested in dating, and asked would I want to someday get married and sleep with a woman. I asked her how will I know? She said, you will know when you get the "ding".
I let it just go over my head. I eventually got the "ding" alright, but not for a girl. LoL.

Post# 898062 , Reply# 201   9/10/2016 at 03:34 (766 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Yes,remember those well!!!Some were rigged,though-so you would think you need to buy new tubes at the stores inflated prices.When I needed tubes-got them from a commercial supplier-MUCH cheaper-and you could get real name brands like GE,Sylvania,Mullard,Tung-Sol,not the unknown white box stuff many of those tubes testers were stocked with.Show this to young people-they wouldn't have a clue.

Post# 898418 , Reply# 202   9/12/2016 at 16:59 (763 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you demonstrate the preparation of the meal you're making to an invisible TV crew when no one's around.

Post# 898560 , Reply# 203   9/13/2016 at 10:39 (762 days old) by laundryshark (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)        
Still Collecting Old Washer Demos

Although I am too much of a Facebook junkie, I still love checking back into AW, as I still love collecting computer videos of old washers, along with classic household cleaning commercials. Always ready to receive more as I keep finding and others share. I also am glad to contribute a few old ads as well.--Laundry Shark

Post# 898574 , Reply# 204   9/13/2016 at 11:37 (762 days old) by sarahperdue (Alabama)        

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Post# 899832 , Reply# 205   9/21/2016 at 12:55 (754 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you don't mash potatoes with a masher, scramble eggs with a fork or whip whipping cream or beat egg whites with a balloon whisk. Those are jobs for your vintage still goin' strong American-made hand mixer.

Post# 899851 , Reply# 206   9/21/2016 at 14:04 (754 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You wait by the radio for your favorite songs which I did even as a kid--and got "Evil Woman" by ELO (got a teaser from some knock-off instrumental sound-alike that came out at the time by---????) and Styx "Come Sail Away"--and more to the Starland Vocal Band than "Afternoon Delight"--That was "The Light Of My Life"--teary eyed, from the idea it would NEVER to come on, to the relief that it DID!!!!


And that was a General Electric lighted dial clock radio w/ AM Only, that at our local toy store, Kiddie Land there was an AM/FM version of, while for nostalgia's sake more-than-ten-years-ago, came the AM Only version at a flea market bought for $4 out of the $5 it was marked for ($4 was all I had "You can give me another dollar, next week..." --the person selling it) but the clock didn't glow, and shortly got rid of, as the alarm was hard to set, as it became on my old one, too...



-- Dave

Post# 899869 , Reply# 207   9/21/2016 at 15:45 (754 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I remeber AM stereo

My '92 GMC Sierra had it, but why? $22 used to fill that truck up.
You have to be carefull whipping potatoes with a mixer, or they get sticky. A potato ricer works best, then fold in the butter, milk, sour cream, etc. Sure, a hand mixer is gentle enough.

Post# 899874 , Reply# 208   9/21/2016 at 16:27 (754 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you honestly and sincerely believed that once family and friends saw the beautiful picture quality, even at the extended recording speed, they'd buy a Beta VCR like yours but they all went with VHS.

Post# 899963 , Reply# 209   9/22/2016 at 08:46 (753 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
FluffY: R.I.P. Sept. 29, 1991--25-years-ago!

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My cat Fluffy meowed over the bed every morning before my clock radio went off to wake me when it was time to go to trade school... And got the "No School" whispered to her purring on weekends, as well as "Bad Kitties!", said, when I had my work smock on, going off to my job at Arbor Drug Store, interrupting "our time together"...


One time the clock-radio went off before she could climb up on the bed to meow at me, playing "Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp, then she'd meowed along with the cat-noises the instruments made, over me waking up... --And my mom looking in, admiring everything...


Memories with Your Favorite Pet! --That is what makes a Member of!



-- Dave

Post# 899975 , Reply# 210   9/22/2016 at 10:57 (753 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
My old cat Scooter

Supertramp, Alan Parsons project, Level 42, Men at Work, Jefferson Starship, Blue Oyster Cult, and on and on.
Oh, and yes I had a Sony Beta-HiFi. It still worked when someone pitched it in the trash when I wasn't home. I had most of the Miami Vice episodes on Beta and the Golden Girls.

Post# 899983 , Reply# 211   9/22/2016 at 12:08 (753 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . your eventually relished the smug satisfaction of making the superior choice while friends and family thought you were strange because you installed a cassette player in your car instead of an 8-track.

Post# 899999 , Reply# 212   9/22/2016 at 15:16 (753 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I had a Craig

8 track under the seat of my 1970 Impala, then an in dash Sanyo auto reverse cassete radio in my Gremnlin which a neighbor stole out of it. Three of them ran the neighborhood casing cars for CB's and stereos. No, this was not a high crime area. I had a job, they were thieves.
I left at age 19. Good riddens to bad rubbish.

Post# 900050 , Reply# 213   9/22/2016 at 18:42 (753 days old) by GRWasher_expert (Athens)        
You Know You're A Member of AW When...

-You know which company produces each detergent
-When you buy a new electrical appliance,you thoroughly read the instruction manual as if it was a novel
-Your favorite place in a super market is the laundry detergent isle
-You know how to use the washing machine better than your mother/wife
-You argue with your grandmother about which detergent cleans the best
-You remember all detergents tv commercials with every detail
-Laundromats are your happy place
-You know which model of washer has every friend and relative of you
-Doing laundry is your favorite household chore
-You get caught by the chambermaid sneaking into the hotel's laundry room and secretly using the hotel's washing machine(yes ,yes I've done it and I'm proud of it)
-When you visit a home for first time,you go to the bathroom,even if you don't have to,in order to see which model of washer they have and what detergents they are using(in greece,most people have their washer in the bathroom)
-The first time you look at when you go to a kitchen,is the dishwasher
-Friends and relatives ask you for laundry advice
-Every time you travel,visiting a laundromat is always on your "must do" list
-Every time you go to the mall,you pay a visit to the electric appliance store,even if you don't need to buy something
-Friends call you with detergent names as nickname
-You hate havind to wash mixed fiber garments,because you always get in dilemma on which wash programme you should select
-You will use the dishwasher,even if you have only a few dishes to wash
-You love watching the wash process of a washing machine through the door window.The sight of clothes tumbling chills you out
-You wish that dishwashers had windows too,so you could take a look at the washing process

Post# 900160 , Reply# 214   9/23/2016 at 12:53 (752 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . during every entertainment awards telecast, you fire up a pizza, ice up some brewskis and settle in to watch the entire Heavy Duty cycle (with extra rinse and extended spin) on your front-loader (or top-loader if you've overridden the safety interlocks).

Post# 900161 , Reply# 215   9/23/2016 at 12:57 (752 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you didn't buy a first-generation Maytag Neptune washer because it didn't have a window in the door.

Post# 900328 , Reply# 216   9/24/2016 at 15:36 (751 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . it takes you at least 5 seconds to remember Jesse White's name when he shows up on TV not playing the lonesome Maytag Repairman.

Post# 900367 , Reply# 217   9/24/2016 at 20:26 (751 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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How do often do you seem to sing out "I gotta get my laundry clean" and think of this song?



-- Dave


Post# 900372 , Reply# 218   9/24/2016 at 21:10 (751 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you can fill in all these blanks without help from friends, family or Google:

You Can Be Sure If It’s __________

It’s a _________, The One and Only

__________ __________ Progress Is Our Most Important Product

__________ just slightly ahead of our time

__________ That Little Blue Flower And A Whole Lot More

Don't give away the answers but feel free to admit you can or confess you can't.

Post# 900376 , Reply# 219   9/24/2016 at 21:20 (751 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I remember my toddler stage asking "Tops?" as in a store that we used to go to when my "mommy" said we were going to the store...  It was a small store that sold just about everything and I remember it being real dark inside it...


Then I remember some big K Mart type place where I got my toy blender at--and wonder how when one broke I got another one--but broke/lost 'em both... (My mom said when we were getting the 1st one--the blade inside it twirled w/ the push of a button; it abpoviously ran on a couple batteries--"Oh, you're excited about the blender!"--and I was...)



-- Dave

Post# 900556 , Reply# 220   9/26/2016 at 17:25 (749 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . a Freudian slip made you say "the altar" when you meant to say "the stove."

Post# 900563 , Reply# 221   9/26/2016 at 17:50 (749 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Topp's was a discount store similar to Ames, or Zayer for those not in the mitten area.
Do you remember also Shoppers Fair, Arlans, W.T Grant, or Yankee?
There were one or two Spartan Atlantic's as well, and E.J Korvette.
I was driving already (at least) when Break My Stride came out.

Post# 900599 , Reply# 222   9/26/2016 at 23:53 (749 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
The Ones I have & had such a Mad Crush On:

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& The Cartoon Girl who's Introductory Theme still brings a tear to my eye:


Dorothy Hammill, Debbie Harry, Juliet Mills, Madonna--now it's Sofia The First:


Oh, the store I got my toy blender at probably had to have been WT Grant's--and when it folded it was Spartan Atlantic, until it left of the retailing map...



-- Dave


Post# 900990 , Reply# 223   9/29/2016 at 11:03 (746 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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There is a bath rug in front of the Miele in my bathroom. I call it the prayer rug or worship rug.

Post# 901620 , Reply# 224   10/3/2016 at 13:44 (742 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . over the cacophony of the TV, someone talking on the phone and someone else playing games on their smartphone or tablet, you can hear the subtle "ping" of your pressure cooker's safety valve opening after a natural pressure drop from two rooms away.

Post# 901904 , Reply# 225   10/5/2016 at 16:39 (740 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you miss your Presto Burger­ and can't remember what became of it.

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Post# 901922 , Reply# 226   10/5/2016 at 18:50 (740 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you've assembled at least one Heathkit. Extra credit if you assembled a Heathkit microwave oven (which you had to ship back to Heathkit after assembly for FCC emissions certification).

Post# 902020 , Reply# 227   10/6/2016 at 12:31 (739 days old) by Joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you have owned (or still own) at least one pre-DVD videodisc player.

Post# 902043 , Reply# 228   10/6/2016 at 15:51 (739 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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hahahaha LOL you said it right ! It is all true, everything you've said applies also to me :-)

Post# 902226 , Reply# 229   10/8/2016 at 01:41 (738 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Own two Laserdisc players-one has a DVD player in it-Pioneer-first machine of its kind-still works.The Sony Laserdisc machine is still packed from a move.Never heard of a Heathkit Microwave-sounds like more trouble than its worth.Remember other Heathkits,though-mainly weather stations built for radio stations.And a Heathkit DVM-never really worked right,though.Oh yes-still have a Sony VCR-never used thought-lately-did still work.

Post# 902322 , Reply# 230   10/8/2016 at 22:15 (737 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . your Tupperware is marked MADE IN U.S.A.

Post# 902327 , Reply# 231   10/8/2016 at 23:28 (737 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You put your mom on Hold when she calls you from the neighbor's house across the street, while she's helping you type your book report for school (I don't know what was wrong w/ our typewriter! Did it need a new RIBBON?!) and in that book, there was a gal that drove an MG over a tarred road, but she'd misinterpreted the make of the car as a Mr. G. (what my girl I had the mad crush on's dad's personalized license plate on his car had) as opposed to MmmmmgGeeeee...


That is, the phone at our house lay on the kitchen counter while I was waiting for my Crosby, Stills & Nash '45' of "Sweet Judy Blue Eyes" (b/w "Marrakesh (not AMERICAN) Express, as my dad pointed out!) to finish... (And the teacher whose class I was in doing the book report for was a big fan of the group--there was a book w/ a photo of these guys, plus Neil Young in it (And somehow it reminded me of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It Was Worth"--but no way could that be what they were playing; they were in a studio around a keyboard (I think Graham Nash was playing) while the rest of the three principals had their guitars) and boasted of having all their albums, and not just seeing them in concert at Medowbrook (which is where they'd notably played circa. that 30-+-years-ago, but all around the Country...)


Mom gave me the "I'm doing this for you!", as I'd finally got to the phone--and I don't think it occurred to me until after a long pause what her questions before I could clear up the confusion she'd been stumbling over, meant!!!!



-- Dave




Post# 902359 , Reply# 232   10/9/2016 at 09:03 (736 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Put Mom on hold

while she was talking to the neighbor across the street? The neighbors were usually on the party line.

Post# 902529 , Reply# 233   10/10/2016 at 16:23 (735 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . the phrase "Dexter Twin-Tub" is not a mystery to you and might even have been part of your childhood (had one in the cellar of the house in Port Vue, PA).

Post# 902778 , Reply# 234   10/12/2016 at 13:20 (733 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you're the oldest person in the self-service checkout line at the Walmart Neighborhood Market (and therefore, a member of the generation that trashed the planet and left it for the Millennials to fix) and you're also the only one who brought reusable shopping bags.

Post# 903490 , Reply# 235   10/18/2016 at 09:19 (727 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Years ago Mom burned the cauliflower--and pulled the chain that started the wall-mounted exhaust fan (nearing the last times anything like that ever got used--or even WORKED!--hence I would ride my bike past the four houses on our block (including ours), and the seven across the street from us & the seven around the block behind those, saying "Closed", "Open", "Open", "Closed", in viewing how many doors on those sides of the houses showed those fans (which by now all of probably fell into total dis-use) were on--even slowly peering up a driveway, with a little suspense in my voice saying: "OPEN!" (--maybe even Shouting)... Can't help but wonder if some grown person on a 10-speed riding in the street, that I saw, was mimicking me--he seemed to be saying that to himself, riding past the houses like I did... (Maybe not...)


Anyway, at my grandma's sister's house, my great-aunt Ruth, I noticed no exhaust fan in her kitchen--wall or ceiling, so asked what does she do when she burns the cauliflower (I asked my grandma that, after the incident--she said that she just juts opened a window) and she turned on this exhaust fan that was over her oven (I think she had a Fabulous 400 or Flair-type of stove, that years later I completely forgot what it got replaced with, or just never acknowledged a plain, ordinary cooking appliance taking its place, as much everything else--including a stacked washer & dryer, that I think replaced a stacked W&D) and gave a bashful "Wow!" when she turned it on...



-- Dave

Post# 910199 , Reply# 236   12/8/2016 at 17:13 (676 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . when you find an unidentifiable ice-encased food storage container way in the back of the freezer, so you thaw it out, pop it in the microwave oven for a few minutes, and this message thread is what was inside.

Post# 910774 , Reply# 237   12/12/2016 at 13:46 (672 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . Norelco products were in at least two rooms in your house.

(shaver [still use], coffee maker [long gone], Carry-Player cassette player [ditto])

Post# 910783 , Reply# 238   12/12/2016 at 14:46 (672 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Norelco florescent lights, long and with that light'nin'-shaped "N", on the side of 'em, while staring up at 'em, up in the ceiling of whatever place you were at, while Leo played!

-- Dave


Post# 913290 , Reply# 239   12/31/2016 at 10:12 (653 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
A real experience for me circa. 2000-something:

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You go into a thrift/resale/junk shop and immediately look to your left where the appliances would be just for the lady-owner of the store to tell you: "THERE ARE NO APPLIANCES!" and keeps asking you: "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?!" when you got your head locked & face frozen in that direction, only to see a fitting room ("THAT'S A FITTING ROOM", she also screamed at me) in that far corner where, well, you thought was appliances, yes, she only sold clothes ("I only sell clothes...", she said calmly), bed of story...

-- Dave

Post# 913388 , Reply# 240   12/31/2016 at 22:36 (653 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you watch Twilight Zone marathons for the timeless thought provoking entertainment and the timeless style of mid-century modern interiors.

Post# 913510 , Reply# 241   1/1/2017 at 16:18 (652 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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.... in addition to the usual spare batteries and rolls of scotch tape,  YOUR kitchen 'junk drawer' has a set of Corbin pliers, a spare Frigidaire water bellows, and a timer dial for a washer you don't even own....

Post# 913710 , Reply# 242   1/2/2017 at 21:39 (651 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I dreamed I was driving my dream-yellow Cadillac Coupe De Ville (1977, most-likely) and while stopped at the corner probably on my way to my dad's (maybe to put it away in his garage) noticed the under dash lights on--and turned the light switch to see the center-map reading lights on (on the lower part of the dash board) and the rear pillar lights didn't go on (they were burned out) and don't remember the square lights on the doors lighting (maybe they didn't work) but it was raining as hard as it is today and somehow my daughter going on seven-years-old in a few days was perhaps not even seven-MONTHS-old in the back seat & the car stalled as the light was still red & I was playing w/ the lights inside while the wipers were rapidly pushing away the rain & the windshield fogged up (& somehow this car had some bullet-proof shield right there in the windshield) but I got her started as the light turned red (I wonder why I didn't dream about the instrument panel warning lights going on & off) and said (to Laura back there) "I'm gonna watch where & when I drive this car, from now on"...


(I was actually sleeping at my dad's 'cause my brother-in-law was staying at my house late & beyond each other's tolerance...)


--Then I woke up...



-- Dave

Post# 914051 , Reply# 243   1/5/2017 at 01:25 (649 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Typo: "It was when the light turned GREEN..."

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And I'm sure I said: "I'm gonna be careful when & where I drive this car" as she restarted & I was about to turn the corner (9 MI & Greenfield Rd. No turn on Red) onto 9 Mile, Oak Park, Southfield...


"I'm looking for OZZY!" (as in Osborn) said one kid looking for records at a K Mart type store; me, it was Billy Joel (somehow this dude, yes, my age, but much more sophisticated in his musical tastes had freakin' never heard of--we were probably both between Teens & just-finished Tweens)... Luckily product to point out to him--wonder why in 5th Grade one of my classmates brought in his copy of 52nd STREET when BJ's latest was GLASS HOUSES, circa. 1980-1981, and that prev. summer following a miserable experience at Day Camp, had just been introduced to stuff like "It's Still Rock 'N' Roll To Me", etc. and this contemporary of mine was not the least bit familiar--but, hey!--what did I know even about Black Sabbath, other than a few snatches of stuff from PARANOID, like the title, when it had just come out?!--well, that's where I'd yet to learn where Ozzy Osborn was FROM! He'd just begun his David Surkamp-like career, but I'd sooner caught up on Black Sab! --Yadda, yada, yada... (And so on, Etcetera...)


What should I link to here by any et. al/either? Another "More Than I Can Say" vid' by Leo; it was a toss-up what to have put on my pre. post:



-- Dave


Post# 914493 , Reply# 244   1/7/2017 at 19:59 (646 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I burst out laughing (foaming at the mouth--saliva, drool splashing on the floor, almost hitting the laundry I was taking out of my dryer) when I thought about the very old Kenmore that one of my child-hood friends had (next to a newer one-knob Kenmore washer--now thinking about THAT should'a been what had me ROTF!) that had a small incandescent console appliance light, bigger than a night-light bulb over the big Timer/Automatic Drying knob, that probably didn't work; wonder what the original washer to that even was--both got replaced by VERY BOL Mont. Ward machines--yeeh, why wasn't I gassed up over the thought  of those?!

Out of nowhere--my friend said "We need a new dryer, referring to that one in his laundry room--and I forgot where we were, maybe in school--a study hall, as we were a couple grades apart, him in 6th grade, beginning middle school, and me, in 8th, leaving for high school--and we became friends w/ not only him, living on the next block from me, but coming over apologizing for hurting my li'l sis' in school (they were in the same class--he was just teasing her, actually)...


Just being really thankful, I guess, for having good, newish, working (as well as Repairable) Appliances!!!!



-- Dave

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Post# 914534 , Reply# 245   1/8/2017 at 01:35 (646 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Noticed at work--the old Kenmore dryer is being replaced by a new Hotpoint one.Both are BOL models.

Post# 915136 , Reply# 246   1/11/2017 at 13:48 (642 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Mom asked me what my bus driver's name was... Ms. FREEZER, I told her--(it was really FRAZIER...)--so she seemed to get mad that I should find use for a term for an APPLIANCE, there... "That's NOT her real name, now!", she angrily retorted back to me...


(A big rotund African-American lady that I think I had a bit of a crush on--and on my 2nd grade teacher, a big, rotund black-haired caucasian woman, too...)



-- Dave

Post# 915186 , Reply# 247   1/11/2017 at 17:50 (642 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Sounds like my bus driver; Bertha Hanft. She was a 'healthy women'. There was never any problems on that bus.

Post# 915191 , Reply# 248   1/11/2017 at 18:18 (642 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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With me, its looking carefully at every appliance and asking questions about them every time. I will now ask if any of theirs are not what they thought they were going to be, do they like them or not. Not that I would buy new appliances unless I absolutely had to. Ironically, nobody scoffs me now and think I am a brain on appliances. But when I was a kid asking about a washer I was too short to even look in was yelled at to "Get away from that". Now they ask me for advice.

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Post# 915205 , Reply# 249   1/11/2017 at 19:03 (642 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Yes, imagine being so appliance-obsessed back then! I was--it was grama's big green top freezer Kelvinator refrigerator, her GE filter-flo washer w/ the left-opening lid, her BOL Kelvinator dryer w/ the horizontal controls--an up to 120-minute timer and a toggle switch for heat on, heat off and the list surely goes on and on...

My friend and I were playing with our building toys and I wanted to make an an electric stove and he wanted a gas stove, ("NO ELECTRIC STOVES! GAS STOVES!" he shouted) and I wanted a to build a gas dryer ("NO GAS DRYERS! ELECTRIC DRYERS!" he also shouted) and he wanted an electric dryer...

-- Dave

Post# 915228 , Reply# 250   1/11/2017 at 20:18 (642 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
When I talk to another foodservice professional:

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The first questions I ask are: What kind of dishmachine is in your kitchen? and who is your chemical supplier.


Post# 940038 , Reply# 251   5/24/2017 at 12:35 (509 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
re: Post# 860537 on 2016-01-07; 08:13:55

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I somehow did this (that) again:


(Undershirts--tank tops as were as those, really--drawers, and yesterday's 'T'; it was my day off, to wear it...)


But, I will dry this on the next-to-highest (not Highest) heat setting, as I have to do my daughter's stuff next & her dryer temp (Delicate) is too far from the top most setting that the dryer is on now... The Speed is easier to change--'cause I didn't turn it all the way down to Hang Dry... --Wash & Wear!)



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Post# 940782 , Reply# 252   5/29/2017 at 10:53 (504 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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An Dream: at the corner of Gratiot and _____ ? ____ (Insert Street Name) ______ ? ______ where I dried my clothes in a center-Dial Maytag gas dryer, w/ the pilot access door glowing orange as the dryer ran, even opening it & throwing a couple things into the flames 🔥...!!!! (Put money into the machine somewhere if this where a commercial laundromat, well laundry ROOM! (And when was the washing? Where was the washer?)

-- Dave

Post# 940785 , Reply# 253   5/29/2017 at 11:29 (504 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
You couldn't post a review on Amazon . . .

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. . . without pictures of your legendary Baked Chili Cheese Mac.


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Post# 941071 , Reply# 254   5/30/2017 at 21:41 (503 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Joe, that's looking right tasty!  Recipe please?

Post# 941117 , Reply# 255   5/31/2017 at 05:25 (503 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
Here ya go

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Cook 1 pound of elbow macaroni 2 minutes shy of the shorter cooking time on the package.


While you're waiting for the water (3 1/2 quarts in a 5-quart Visions or CorningWare Pyroceram Dutch oven) to come to a boil, fold together 2 15-ounce cans of chili (with or without beans as desired) and a pound of shredded cheddar cheese in a large mixing bowl.


Before draining the macaroni, ladle a cup of the cooking water into the chili and cheese.  While the macaroni drains, stir the water, chili and cheese until blended.  Dump in the drained macaroni and fold together until the cheese starts to melt into strings.


Wipe out the Dutch oven and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.  Dump the mixture into the Dutch oven.  Cover with lid.


At this point the Dutch oven can be refrigerated until dinner time.


Bake covered from a cold start (disable the fast preheat feature if your oven is so equipped) at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes, let stand another 15 minutes before serving.

Post# 944523 , Reply# 256   6/21/2017 at 18:22 (481 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you know the location of your hometown ALDI that hasn't even been built yet.

Post# 947701 , Reply# 257   7/11/2017 at 14:41 (461 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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When you're in the barber chair getting your hair cut when from the back room, through a wall, you can hear the distinct sounds of a washing machine spin-draining. And, your mind boggles at the best method to get to the back room to have a look.


Post# 947797 , Reply# 258   7/12/2017 at 07:55 (460 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

When you will sacrifice speed to change lanes to get in the slower one so you will be behind a pickup truck to study the appliance(s) in the bed.

Post# 947816 , Reply# 259   7/12/2017 at 10:38 (460 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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...instead of the standard 'coffee table' books of breathtaking scenery or inspirational photos, your living room table is the holder of service manuals, parts catalogs, and Tech-Talks. 

Post# 947829 , Reply# 260   7/12/2017 at 11:38 (460 days old) by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you remember Salvo and VIM laundry detergent tablets (which were only slightly smaller than a hockey puck) but can't remember which one was blue.

Post# 947830 , Reply# 261   7/12/2017 at 11:41 (460 days old) by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . as a child, you pondered the mystery of why Felix the Cat washed a load of clothes but never wore any.

Post# 947887 , Reply# 262   7/12/2017 at 19:51 (460 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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You're with the family in the car, passing by a restaurant w/ the radio on & somehow the piano solo on this song seems to be in perfect timing w/ a portion of the roadside sign's flashing neon--giving you the impression that it's "a dinner bell"...


(Listen for it!)



-- Dave


Post# 948066 , Reply# 263   7/13/2017 at 19:44 (459 days old) by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you'll stop washing your white 100% cotton towels in hot water and chlorine bleach when they pry that jug of Clorox from your cold, dead hand.

Post# 948081 , Reply# 264   7/13/2017 at 21:34 (459 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
You only let Solid Power XL;

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Be used in your dishmachine because Ecolab has discontinued the "Real Thing".

Post# 948151 , Reply# 265   7/14/2017 at 10:01 (458 days old) by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . everything you ate on the Fourth of July was cooked indoors.

Post# 948243 , Reply# 266   7/15/2017 at 00:48 (458 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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Dave, I know where your dream took place, Uptown Maytag Coin Laundry in Mount Clemens On North Gratiot and Main street. If you search this site for it, you will see my thread on it.

Post# 948469 , Reply# 267   7/16/2017 at 13:49 (456 days old) by dryclean1 (Walton, NY)        
now for the topper of them all!!!

You know you are a member of when your wife willingly goes with you to pick up a vintage washer on her bday and doesnt complain!!! thanks Bill the drycleaner

Post# 948471 , Reply# 268   7/16/2017 at 14:02 (456 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        
You know you're a member of when

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someone talks about his upcoming move to an apartment, and you get upset because he can't take his beloved washing machine along, and won't have a dishwasher!

Post# 948765 , Reply# 269   7/18/2017 at 11:36 (454 days old) by JoeEkaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . somewhere in the deep dark reaches of your kitchen cabinets lurks a single-purpose small appliance most likely made in the 1980s or 1990s that you used only a single time.

Post# 949477 , Reply# 270   7/22/2017 at 19:58 (450 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
re: Post # 948243, Reply # 266:

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Actually the dream took place right at where you enter Roseville North of the freeway, I-696, opposite of Eastpointe, which is South...

At a part of the turnaround on Gratiot where you can't actually turn but go straight onto another street, forcing me to go to the next turnaround so I can go to the record store there BLAST FROM THE PAST, along w/ Eastpoint's MELODIES & MEMORIES that I also frequent...

However, while I am not all the familiar w/ that Laundromat in Mt. Clemens that you speak of, I am fairly familiar w/ that Mt. Clemens area & Macomb Township, where I'd hung out at a lot in my past...

And, regardless, here's what must have been playing long ago, at what was probably my first Center Dial Experience,--when I had, as a very young child, first seen such a Maytag! And I wasn't even playing"Sweet Caroline" or anything by Neil, just quite a flashback in my dreams, vs. my life Today...--at which "Damp Dry" seemed to have been pounded out by the notes just as the song starts:

-- Dave


Post# 950573 , Reply# 271   7/29/2017 at 09:33 (443 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I never did tell the manager of the Subway at the store I'd worked at that I had a dream of her getting the mall (most-likely OAKLAND Mall) to open a Subway there--she'd come out of the corridor where the mall offices are (through solid-metal-windowless fire doors) w/ a stainless steel cart (much like what my store deli uses) w/ samples of her product...

I'm waiting for right opportunity to tell her that--it's been months, and months ago!

-- Dave

Post# 950605 , Reply# 272   7/29/2017 at 12:18 (443 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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When the plot, scene, etc. of a movie or show on tv presents a kitchen or laundry appliances and the focus is, "what was that? what was that?" buy two or more of the same thing just in case one breaks. Or storage becomes just another utility bill. :-)

Post# 951081 , Reply# 273   8/1/2017 at 11:30 (440 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Going into a store and out of nowhere Mom reminds me that I'd said "Iim Bored!", around the parents before they left, at their house we were baby sitting at...

Spoiling my singin' 'n' boppin' along w/ Chicago's "Saturday In The Park" that was just coming on...

-- Dave


Post# 951121 , Reply# 274   8/1/2017 at 15:02 (440 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Oh, Grandpa's Ford Ranchero 500--when the cab filled up w/ the three or more it was only meant to hold--and I got to ride by myself in back in the BED!

Well, there was a cap over it (Sportsliner, made in Zanesville, OH and San Jose California) and we never got pulled over by the police--and I guess I could ride there safely with nothing to hang onto--and the tailgate was even left open & the cap door, up! (Think my sister only once rode with me there) and could say a few bathroom talk words, but alas, I can recall Gramps saying something about Carbon Monoxide and there was the safety matter that ceased riding back there, and just going in an additional vehicle for more people to his garden/fields where he grew his own produce...

-- Dave

Post# 951408 , Reply# 275   8/3/2017 at 09:00 (438 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Give me an old appliance nameplate (three Kelvinator Product of American Motors) and I'll make a FAKE appliance!

I went from ONE fake air conditioner in my old bedroom made from a cardboard box hung over a window on an outside wall (that I almost made and hung one outside with a handwritten name plate and hung over that window, to two more, hung over/between two windows next to each other and even my bedroom door...

Talk going around a few middle school friends, one who'd been in that bedroom, and the other who'd been told (Chris) telling me: "Marvin said you have a fake air conditioner in your room..." "You have THREE fake air conditioners in your room"...

I was 12 to 14 in Junior High at the time...

-- Dave

Post# 951524 , Reply# 276   8/4/2017 at 03:15 (438 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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"Dave got a fake air conditioner in his room!"--Yes, over heard Marvin saying that (after Chris rapping to be about it--"You got THREE fake Air Condtioners!" he whispered)... The FAILED attempt to hang a box for the 1st outside led me to just hang the two more, showing the units INSIDE!

Is it Potpourri, (Poh-porrey) or POT-POREY?!

My mom had me bring a vacuum cleaner into the shop, when I was about that adolescent age to be as frequently corrected by the repair man there as I kept on pronouncing it in the obvious spelling... (And in high school, just a year or couple of years or so later, were posters on the hallway walls about a production of--You Guessed it!--POTPOURRI, that looking at it recalled my awkward mis- pronounciation every time I'd seen them!

-- Dave

Post# 951843 , Reply# 277   8/6/2017 at 13:36 (435 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Well, yeh, the previous post of the potpourri sucked up in the vacuum was done by poor lil' ol' ME! --Probably had to pay for it being repaired for it being clogged up & promised to never do it again, as well...

Have you ever foraged through a loaf of moldy bread w/ a knife and a jar of peanut butter tearing off every piece of each slice that was covered with blue spots just to find as you were eating it, MORE BLUE SPOTS?! --That was my sister and I years ago...--the things you find in a broken or neglected home of neglected, impoverished children, which neither of us were, but still--... (Well, how DID those spots of blue mold get there, or the bread get to be like THAT there?!)

OK, had a dream long ago to 'RLJ' being on the CD player of struttin' through el barrio while "Willie & The White Boys Cool" was comin' on--a speaker on the street played the horn solo, a Walk/Don't Walk-type sign had the lyrics up in lights citing "my pals, Angela, Perry, and Mario", w/ some street player doing the accordion solo, and the vision of the Cheech & Chong van backing up a driveway--probably trampling flowers on the way up there too...

And although I program my CD's in a prefderred order, surely the remaining track "Company" is the wistful image of sitting on a porch on that quiet night that walk through the dusk turned into, and then I woke...

(Well, there was the image of "Danny's All Star Joint", a track that comes several before it, and the 'goings on' in it, but right now not as significant...)

-- Dave


Post# 953698 , Reply# 278   8/20/2017 at 13:10 (421 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
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"NOT I, said the Golden Wheat..."

--Yes, a Sears Kenmore color, the line in this song reminds me of...!

-- Dave

Post# 958526 , Reply# 279   9/21/2017 at 22:52 (389 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

When your husband and you are almost killed on a severe crash at the 405 and the next day the only thing that calms both of you is running a load and standing in front of the washer during the whole cycle.

Until now i can't believe Darryl and I Are alive.

Post# 958539 , Reply# 280   9/22/2017 at 01:11 (389 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I mimicked the father "thinking work comes first, who ain't got the time to quench a thirst" while me & my soon-to-be-one-year-old-daughter were listening to this, jumping off the bed, waving my hand on her, opening the door--AND:

--...She sang out every "No, no, no-no-no, no-no, no, nooooooo", just right, & every word & syllable!

-- Dave


Post# 958741 , Reply# 281   9/23/2017 at 15:17 (387 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you read or hear some genius write or say "Don't get used to shopping at ALDI*.  They're going to close in a year because Americans will never rent a shopping cart or bag their own groceries.  It's just too different and it'll never, ever catch on in the USA." and can smell a competitor's shill.


*feel free to substitute Lidl.

Post# 960456 , Reply# 282   10/3/2017 at 16:40 (377 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
Then there's this...

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Post# 960653 , Reply# 283   10/4/2017 at 20:40 (376 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
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Post# 963547 , Reply# 284   10/20/2017 at 17:43 (360 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . as a child you misheard the phrase and wondered why the one-story ranch-style mid-century home you grew up in had "4-stair heating" but no stairs.

Post# 963604 , Reply# 285   10/21/2017 at 05:24 (360 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

... When you read a thread and have a brilliant idea for a new model with the old school "features" people here love.

Post# 963633 , Reply# 286   10/21/2017 at 09:17 (359 days old) by Glhturbo2 (Reidsville, NC)        
When you...

Dressed up as a vacuum cleaner, an air conditioner , and a washing machine for Halloween. (When I was about 4 or so)

Also, when you started collecting automatics last year, you now have 15 with more on the way. 🙃

Post# 974211 , Reply# 287   12/17/2017 at 09:17 (302 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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You never have and never will buy celebrity-branded cookware, tableware and/or appliances, especially when said celebrity doesn't use them on his or her Food Network/Cooking Channel show.

Post# 974494 , Reply# 288   12/18/2017 at 17:26 (301 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

You go back and watch the washer customer demonstration video a second time, because the first time you were concentrating on what the machines were doing, and the second time you're wanting to get more of a look at the svelte but curvy MILF in her low-cut top...

...or is that just me?! Seems most of the guys round here are gay.

Post# 976106 , Reply# 289   12/30/2017 at 09:06 (289 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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. . . you heard the angels sing when that elusive Ambiano induction cooktop showed up unannounced and 100% new-in-box (original tape seals intact) on the ALDI Finds aisle.

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Post# 976122 , Reply# 290   12/30/2017 at 11:42 (289 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Congratulations on your find!

I hope that you enjoy induction cooking as much as I do.

Post# 976137 , Reply# 291   12/30/2017 at 12:36 (289 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        
I'm an old hand at induction cooking . . .

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Now I have to enroll in ICA* before I buy a third (also have a 1600 watt Max Burton).


*Induction Cookers Anonymous

Post# 976243 , Reply# 292   12/31/2017 at 00:33 (289 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Interesting-an induction "hotplate" at Aldis!

Post# 976258 , Reply# 293   12/31/2017 at 07:13 (288 days old) by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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ALDI Finds have included full-size blenders, toaster ovens, countertop convection ovens, electric skillets and griddles, and in the UK and other countries, personal computers.


In the summer, gas barbecues and patio dining ensembles appear.  They may even have sold lawn mowers and string trimmers.


Just have to keep the ol' peepers peeled.

Post# 979984 , Reply# 294   1/26/2018 at 10:03 (262 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
More Childhood Flashbacks, just now jotting down on AW-Forum

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We went to this house, a long, long time ago, where this Brady-bunch-sized family lived, and there was even a waterfront behind the house, and a treehouse as well (I have no idea who these people even were!) but guess who stayed inside and played with the play kitchen (it had a sink with a garbage disposal underneath--but a picture of against the back of the cabinet, and with the On/Off switch on it--Yes, it was ME, probably making a make-believe dinner for every one, that instead of everybody going in for, we juts left...

Mom criticized me, for doing that & me saying, that the real kitchen had a green gas stove with an upper/lower oven, (either a Kenmore, Caloric or Roper--really forgot which, but it could have been a Caloric, as I think the grids were wire, as opposed to the standard cast-iron) so she did even more if that's what the visit meant more to me, than my sister, who played outside w/ the rest of the kids... Don't know how my folks knew them, at all...

There was also a relative of my mom's who lived in Ohio we visited, also around that long ago, who somehow lived in a house with the same floor plan as ours (but the bedroom where my sister's was had a door that opened on the back stairs landing (even with a lock) and Copper appliances, with a Kenmore roto-rack dishwasher, top-of-the-line, EXACTLY JUST LIKE the one across the street from our house (it also had "our" floor plan)... Forgot what the stove was, but I remember it being an electric, and I think it could have even been a Frigidaire "Super" Radiant-Tube, while if the refrigerator wasn't a Sears Coldspot (like that house's 'cross the street from us ALSO was) Automatic Ice Maker Frostless 19, then maybe a Philco/Ford built by GE...

-- Dave

Post# 979992 , Reply# 295   1/26/2018 at 11:29 (262 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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