Okay, I weighed Puzzle the other day and she’s a nice healthy 13-1/2 pounds. She eats whatever I put in front of her and she’s happy and healthy. I weighed my printer. Why did I do that?
My printer seems to have no power to it. I plug it in and…nothing. I’ve tried all the troubleshooting and finally have decided the heck with it. The warranty is long gone. I recall that before, Lexmark offered me a replacement for a low price, and this is no longer an option. However, I can get an HP for not much more, and the HP inks are cheaper, on sale more frequently and easier to obtain locally. Not only that, if I am careful, I can get it delivered in a PLAIN BROWN BOX. Lexmark always sent their printers with “PRINTER” written all over the boxes in gigantic letters, ripe and ready for any thief to grab off anyone’s porch the instant it got delivered. How dumb is that? I’m tired of not having a printer and having to go to the library or staples all the time. This is wearing me out. It’s not worth the exhausting trips back and forth or trying to keep lists in my head or hand write them with my messy handwriting and pencils that keep breaking and pens that don’t work, when I can print out lists easier in an instant with a printer. We are so spoiled these days. But our rush-rush society kinda expects us to keep up with techno-whatever.
So I weighed my printer because I want to see how it stacks up to the ones I’m considering buying. I sure want the smallest one I can get. Not some giant clunker like the last two that you’d think should have been paying rent here as tenants! The current one is two pounds heavier than Puzzle. I’m not kidding you.
So, had I taken the advice of so-called “eating disorders specialists” and ditched the scale, I’d have no clue how much my little doggie weighs and no clue how much the clunker old printer weighs. I wouldn’t be sitting here chuckling away with you folks right now.
So what do we do? Is Puzzle scrawny and does she need to gain weight? Is her BMI “unsatisfactory”? Should we shove a tube into her, and if she refuses, threaten to call security?
On the other hand, which would you rather have snuggled next to you in bed: a nice furry warm doggie, or a hard, rectangular, mostly metal printer that doesn’t even work? Is this a no-brainer or what? Or do you want to sleep with that scale of yours? Mine is metal and it doesn’t snuggle too well. You could shove the scale between your mattresses instead of next to you, and then, once you woke up, you could write a version of Princess and the Pea about how you slept…that is, if you could sleep at all.
Maybe we should all try putting peas under our mattresses and see how much complaining we end up doing. Was the pea under the mattress the REAL cause of eating disorders? I’ll betcha anything it was. Latest research, folks…..
I did one of those “IM” things with someone at HP (this was in some very very very faraway land, I’m sure) to see if the printer they were offering me, that was sitting in my “shopping cart” would come in a plain brown box. However, the person said, “No, it comes with a giant photo of what’s inside right on the box.” Well, not quite in those words but almost.
Guess what I did? You guessed it. That shopping cart got emptied very very very fast. Got the big picture? Yeah, sure. Big picture plus nosy neighbors means that printer ain’t gonna get to its intended recipient, dudes.
Back to the drawing board. Or the dinner table. Pea soup, anyone? I can reach between my twenty mattresses. Gimme a sec.