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WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE
13 April 2006
The puppies woke up at 3 a.m. so I was bumbling around here in the dark in the middle of the night. I got them all fed and back to bed. I finished off some work I had meant to do the night before, but didn't because of falling asleep in front of the TV.
Then it was 3:30...too early to be up for the day, so I was going to settle in and see if I could get back to sleep, knowing that if I was going to sleep at 3:30, the chance of my sleeping later were great.
Suddenly I remembered that we have a new coffee pot!
Yes, I finally bit the bullet and went out to buy a new coffee pot. Our old one had been limping along for about 2-3 years, when the off/on button stopped working. We've been plugging and unplugging the pot whenever we wanted to make coffee, since the rest of the machine seemed to be working fine.
But yesterday it decided not to make coffee. It sputtered and it steamed, as it heated up the water, but after 10 minutes or more, it had produced only enough coffee for a small cup of espresso--and we weren't expecting espresso.
So I decided that obsolescence had finally set in and I went off in search of a new coffee pot. I went to Long's Drugs, just because it was closest--and doesn't everybody go shopping for coffee pots in drug stores? :)
There were really only 3 choices in the large size: Braun, Mr. Coffee and Black & Decker. I was drawn to Mr. Coffee because it had a "best buy" sticker on it, until I looked closly and discovered that the sticker said something like "a leading consumer organization" had rated it a best buy--well, if they weren't naming the organization, it was probably somebody's mother who said it made good coffee, and I discounted them purely for blatant consumer manipulation.
I thought the pot we'd had before was the Braun (it turned out later that I was wrong, but I didn't know that at the time, because the pot looked exactly the same), so I decided against that right away, because there were other things about that pot I didn't like too.
Then there was the Black and Decker. Think about the name. What does it make you think of? Tools. Heavy, solid, dependable tools.
Who wouldn't want a coffee pot from Black & Decker?
It also had two other features that I liked--one was that it was a 12-cup, vs. a 10 cup pot (more caffeine in the morning! WooHoo!). And secondly, it had a program feature. You can program your coffee to brew while you are sleeping.
Now, at first, I thought this might be just one more thing that would go wrong, but heck, the pot was only $32. Surely we can afford $32 every 5 years or so if the thing stops working! So I bought it and set it up yesterday afternoon.
So at 3 a.m., I made coffee and set the timer. At 7 a.m., I awoke to freshly brewed, hot French Roast coffee--and I didn't even have to "come to life" before I had any.
Good thing the coffee pot works because my water company is trying to kill me. We've been buying bottled water for years and years and years. I tried to get used to the taste of Davis water for about 6 years and finally decided that it wasn't going to happen, so we ordered a water cooler and bottled water and I've been a happy camper ever since -- nearly 25 years, now.
Well, for some reason, the last bottle of water I installed had a taste that was "off." I thought it was my imagination at first, but it was definitely off. I could drink it with food, but just didn't like it by itself. When I woke up at 3 a.m., thirsty, and didn't want to drink water because it didn't taste good, I decided I needed to do something.
I'd also been having very mild stomach cramps, which could or could not be a coincidence, but suddenly all of the tales of mass contamination began to worry me, so I called the water people to find out if anybody else had reported an "off" bottle of water. The guy said not that he knew of, but they are going to come and replace the water bottle tomorrow, at no cost. He asked if the water had a smell and I couldn't remember, but after, I smelled it and it very definite has an "off" odor to it.
I drained the old bottle and put in a new one, which smells and tastes just fine.
So either the water company has been taken over by terrorists who are out to kill a large segment of the population -- or just me -- or Walt injected something into the bottle, hoping I wouldn't notice, or the water was just "off." In any event, I've thwarted those who were out to kill me. This time.
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