Do I Look Like Lois Lane? - 10/02/13

    "It's the motherboard!"  Those dreaded words I DID NOT want to hear the appliance repairman utter. We've been seven stinky days without a washing machine.  It spit out an F35 code last Thursday and promptly turned itself off in protest.  The dirt laden baseball uniforms, sweaty gym shorts and super stinky socks have been piling up ever since.

    Let me just give you a visual of what that's like for a family of four.  Saturday, my husband who is the baseball coach for our son's team, had to wear a dirty jersey as did my son.  My son also had his muddy baseball pants from the previous game to complete the look.  I've been spot cleaning my daughter's jeans.  Her tennis clothes? Well, they're on their third wear and they're smelly too.  I ran out of workout clothes by Tuesday and worked out in my pj's at home with no socks because they're soiled too.  To top it all off... we all of the sudden have a bed wetter.  The same kid who's been bed trained since 3 now suddenly doesn't seem to hear from his bladder once his eyelids shut.   OMGosh!!!!!!!!!!  Multiple sets of sheets, comforters, mattress protectors, pillows, stuffed animals are taking on a life of their own.  First, they were piles.  Now they're mounds.  Multiple mounds. Like Indian Mounds where Native Americans bury their dead, except these mounds are in our house and no one died, even though it's starting to smell like it.  

    We bought this washer just four short years ago.  In that time, it's stopped working three times--- an annual event like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Our previous washer lasted 13 years!!! It was the old tried and true top loader with an agitator.  No bells and whistles, just the knob that you'd click, click, click to the desired setting.  In fact, it was still working great when I gave it away.  We upgraded (I use that term loosely)  to the fancy, shmancy front loader with the steam feature, moisture sensor, sanitizer, 5 spin speeds and a computer powered LED control panel.

    I just had to know, did we buy a lemon or is this the new norm?  Consumer Reports says if you buy one of these new fangled front loaders, you have a 25% chance of needing repairs in the first few years.  A contractor referral company, Service Magic, says today's appliances are made with more thin plastic instead of copper and porcelain material which is longer lasting.  They also have more electronics which means more things can go wrong.  We never once had to call a repairman about our old washer with the agitator... not once. 

    It's really counterintuitive.  Manufacturers started making these high efficiency washers to conserve energy and water, but they break down so quickly that they're clogging up our landfills.  I was reading where the unreliability of these big ticket appliances is forcing us, as consumers, to view them as disposable like a broken curling iron or a pair of holey socks.  So, what have we really accomplished if we save a little water, but pollute Mother Earth?

    I'm a glass half full kind of gal so I'll wrap this up with the positives that have come from this modern day inconvenience.  First, I have sweet, sweet neighbors who have let me wash laundry at their house all three times this machine has been on the fritz.  I try to spread it around and not call on the same set of neighbors each time.  Little did I know I'd need to keep a flow chart tucked in the cabinet to remind me who was on deck last.  Second, we've all worn more of our clothes... clothes that don't typically see the light of day.   Like what I was forced to wear to work today.  My coanchor, Scott Couch, said, "You're wearing pants.  I never see you wear pants."  Then came the comment that made my day--- The 9pm producer said, "You look like Lois Lane today."  Well, afterall, Lois was an award winning journalist and had Superman as a love interest (I do too.)   Problem is, not even Superman can fix this substandard, disposable washing machine that does everything, BUT wash clothes.


 

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RICK SPRINGFIELD-YOUR BUTT IS FINE WITH US

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Rock musician Rick Springfield was a big hit at the opening day of the 2015 New York State Fair. So was his tush.

The singer best known for his 1981 No. 1 hit "Jessie's Girl" had been sued by a New York woman who said she suffered serious head injuries when Springfield's buttocks hit her after he fell off the stage during a concert at the suburban Syracuse fairgrounds in 2004.

In January, he won the seven-year legal battle when a state Supreme Court judge in Syracuse said the performer didn't injure the concert-goer.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that during last night's performance Springfield, who turned 66 Sunday, thanked fans for supporting him during the trial. One fan held up a sign that read: "`'Rick your butt can fall on me anytime."

PREGNANT METEOROLOGIST GIVES BIRTH TO TWINS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia meteorologist who went online to fight back against "haters" critical of her pregnant appearance has given birth to twin girls.

KYW-TV says Katie Fehlinger (FEH'-lin-jer) went into labor after her morning shift Tuesday and delivered the girls Wednesday afternoon.

Parker Janice was born at 12:58 p.m. She weighed 4 pounds, 15 ounces. Kaeden Faye arrived a minute later, weighing 3 pounds, 12 ounces

Fehlinger shot back at critics last week in a Facebook post, attracting national attention and support from thousands of people.

She wrote that the industry makes her an easy target for criticism. But she said it crosses the line to post "nastygrams" about pregnant women.

Fehlinger, a Lehigh Valley native, has been with the station since 2011.

WOMAN TICKETED FOR BREAST FEEDING WHILE DRIVING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A 43-year-old Washington woman was given a $136 ticket this week for breast-feeding while driving.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/nxbX7D ) the woman was pulled over on Interstate 5 around 7 p.m. Wednesday after someone called 911 to report a child sitting in a driver's lap.

State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis says that when the trooper approached the car, he could tell that the woman was breast-feeding.

The woman admitted she was breast feeding and had done it before because her 1-year-old son screams uncontrollably when he's hungry.

Francis says they had a talk about safety and parental responsibility and the officer issued a ticket for child-restraint violation.

Court records show the woman has a history of driving infractions, including using a cellphone while driving, speeding and following too closely.

NEBRASKA LOTTERY- SCRATCH AND SNIFF

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Even if it isn't a winner -- a Nebraska lottery ticket could still give you a good whiff.

The Nebraska Lottery says it will be selling Sriracha-scented scratch tickets as part of a new $2 scratch game.

It's called Hot Sriracha, and each ticket contains a scent replicating that of the famous Asian sauce. The game offers three $15,000 top prizes and a total of more than $468,000 in cash prizes.

Acting Nebraska Lottery director Jill Marshall says in a news release that lottery officials think the new game "is the first Sriracha-scented scratch game ever made."

Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said Thursday that tickets are being distributed and may be purchased wherever they're offered.

POLICE TO COMPILE FREQUENT-DRUNKARD LIST

AURORA, Illinois (AP) -- The police department in an Illinois city is going to compile a "habitual drunkard" list to help fight public intoxication.

Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have "certain clientele" whom police and fire departments see regularly. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports (http://trib.in/1IhxoVp ) that includes people whom police and fire personnel transport six times or more in a 120-day period.

The City Council approved keeping the list this week as part of an overhaul to city liquor laws. Aurora is west of Chicago.

Police say the goal is public safety. Those on the list won't be able to purchase liquor in Aurora and local businesses are expected to comply.

Authorities say they got the idea from Madison, Wisconsin, which has a similar policy.

 
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