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Last night, after I left the hospital, I went to Wal-Mart to look for a new rice cooker to replace the one that died, prematurely, on Christmas. Since the deceased device had been the expensive multi-tasking sort, I figured I'd look for something basic this time. After all, my old stand-by purchased in an Asian market in the Bay Area had lasted over a decade. Anyway, as I browsed the kitchen goods, I found myself strangely comforted by the presence of so many bargain items. You see, I went to Target during Hannukah to look for a classic electric frying pan only to find that they had been supplanted by fancy hybrid Geräte that supposedly did dozens of things well, but seemed to have forgotten the core mission of such implements. And then, as I stood there befuddled, I looked about me and spotted rice cookers that made our expensive machine at home seem out-of-date. Some touted their use of fuzzy logic, even. Thus, when I was at Wal-Mart last night, instead of being overwhelmed by the self-loathing that usually accompanies our infrequent trips there, I felt peaceful and secure because the high-tech goods were in short supply. I found a $20 Black and Decker rice cooker and a $20 replacement for our Black and Decker four-slot toaster, in which I'd broken one side by dropping a knife into it. I even saw a close approximation of the Black and Decker mini-chopper that I've been using for over fifteen years without a hitch and which I feared I could never replace. Knowing that I can buy it when the time comes has given me real peace of mind. I'm cooking the first pot of rice right now. We'll see how our new cooker manages to deal with its lack of fuzzy logic.

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From: ex_benlinus Date: January 5th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The only thing funner than the inner-conflict of shopping at Wal-Mart is infecting people with it who otherwise wouldn't have known they're supposed to feel it. Like I did to my parents.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 5th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well put. If I can make only one contribution to the world, that would be a worthy one.
flw From: flw Date: January 5th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

So, uh...

I think, perhaps, "after I left the hospital," is the key to this post. Can you elaborate on that?
From: e4q Date: January 5th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re:left the hospital?????

...that's what i thought.

anyway, even without your leg, or whatever, i think rice should only be fuzzy when it's risotto, and that is because you stand and stir it for a thousand english hours...(or get an old italian lady to do it for you, that, i think, may be the secret purpose of the extended family)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 6th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: left the hospital?????

I love risotto! How long is an English hour, BTW? Is it anything like an Imperial gallon?

(In other news, I was visiting my father-in-law in the hospital. Sorry for being vague.)
From: e4q Date: January 6th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: time and relative dimensions in space

an english hour is very long. do you remember a macintosh minute a few years ago? london underground minutes are suspiciously long, whereas the dockland light railway has very snappy minutes, i think they might be metric. long tiiming is essential for the good risotto, never buy one in a restaurant, restaurant times are all metric, and everything is done so snappy.

of course, now i have heard about your father in law. and am sorry to hear.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 6th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: So, uh...

Sorry. I really appreciate your concern. I'd mentioned the hospital in my previous entry, but the reference was embedded in sports talk. My father-in-law was in the hospital. Then he was out, yesterday, and is back in, today, and much, much worse. Not a good week, I'm afraid.
flw From: flw Date: January 6th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: So, uh...

I did catch that, but...

Anyway, I hope that all is well.
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