Would I be right?
Last week marked the point in time when I determined that it was time to retire the beloved family refrigerator that was acquired used in 1977. That's 41 years of unrelenting service save for a replaced thermostat and cycle timer in the late 90's. This avacado green Whirlpool, still running, stands as a monument to American know-how and reliability is. Or what it used to be. It gave a few years service to it's first owners who I do not know, to my WWII vet Dad and his teen son, and finally to me alone as I approach my retirement years. I am somewhat bereaved at the loss of this icon of refrigeration as I hear it running while I write this. It's grown noisy as hell and now struggles to keep things cold like it once did all those years. Knowing it from it's youth to now, it reminds me of myself and a life lived from youthful vigor to adult dedication to purpose to an age when I'm eagerly anticipating retirement. It saddens me greatly that I won't be able to replace it with ANYTHING even remotely like it in terms of endurance.
Beside it stands another such appliance, a white Norge range with lower oven that is even older; probably by a couple of decades. Sitting atop the refridgerator is a toaster of similar age to the refrigerator. These other two appliances still work and are used as needed though the total run time hours either cannot yet compare to the Whirlpool refrigerator.
As an older guy now, searching for a replacement refrigerator, I'm madder than hell at the morals of the US consumer and those of appliance manufacturers. Indeed, I'm fairly pissed off at most Americans in general and how we went from prizing reliability and quality, which has a value all it's own, to apparently prizing cheapness and a love for useless bells and whistles. We, as a nation of consumers, have become pretty fucking stupid in our quest for convenience and the love of the cheap and disposable. Lots of folks don't seem to realize that there can be a world of difference between cheap and a good bargain. Of course, the Chinkeneese and many others do. That's why they make things as minimally expensive to them and maximally expensive to the consumer demand as possible. While that's not a new concept I find it morally reprehensible that both the manufacturers and consumers have allowed things to get this far out of whack in terms of quality and value. Both groups have earned my contempt over this.
As I now take my leave and venture out into the retail world to perform a function not unlike that of making final arrangements for a loved one, I leave you with the link below. I urge you to read it and contemplate how much more MAGA could be achieved if we were to again become the nation whose products were the best in the world in terms of quality and value. I wish the "greenies" could glom onto this. It feels like we need all the help we can get. Or, maybe I'm just a sentimental old fool who doesn't quite understand the role alleged "planned obsolescense" plays in technological innovation. I don't know. I do know I need a new-to-me reefer.
This first one is a little outdated but the logic remains...