Coffeepots Are Like Watches

I can just barely remember one of the few times that we hopped in the car and drove a couple of hours to arrive at Disneyland.  It was a day of wonderment and joy in a young girl’s life.   At the end of the really long day, we stopped to ogle all of the wonders displayed in the gift shops along Main Street.   I desperately wanted something…anything…with a princess on it*, yet I knew that we could only afford to window shop.

The Christmas after that Disney trip, something magical happened,  Santa brought me a beautiful Cinderella watch. cindyfix   It was the most beautiful thing that I had ever seen in my young life and I simply adored it.   Every night, before going to sleep, I faithfully wound my new treasure up to keep her running smoothly.   I was more than happy to flash my beauty to anyone and proudly tell them exactly what time it was. 

Thinking about it now, I have no idea what happened to my Cinderella watch.  I suppose I eventually outgrew it and felt I needed to move beyond such childish things.

After that watch, I went through a succession of ssswatch much more “grown up” watches.  Only…they never seemed to work quite right for me.   Despite the claims that some of my watches would “take a lickin’ and keep on tickin'” , none of  them would seem to keep proper time for me.  The only thing different about these newer watches (beyond the obvious lack of royalty) was that they didn’t need to be wound every night as they came with a new-fangled contraption called a battery.

When I heard that some people emitted a strange electromagnetic pulse that caused electronics to stop working, I knew that’s what was happening with my watches.   My watch was worn on my wrist…right where they take your pulse! (I knew this because of  my True Love, Johnny Gage)  Coincidence? I think not.

It did seem a little strange to me that I didn’t seem to effect other electronics such at the radio, TV or microwave.  (Then again, they weren’t right on my pulse)  It soon became apparent to me that my wonky electromagnetic pulse only effected things that I had intimate daily contact with.  Like my watch…or my coffee pot.

It’s true, no matter how careful I am, I can’t seem to keep a coffeepot mrcoffeefix alive for much more than a year.   (No, I don’t wear my coffeepot strapped to my wrist, but I do enjoy having coffee pulse through my veins)  Right now, I honestly can’t think of anything worse than waking up ready for that first cup of morning coffee to find nothing but a cold, empty pot.

A couple years ago, somebody mentioned that there are other brands of coffee makers out there.   It was gently suggested to me that I should try one of them instead of  the same one that broke every year, just like clockwork.  Hmmm….what a concept.

cuisinart So, I grit my teeth and bought the best coffee pot Costco had.  It was four times as much as I had ever paid for a pot before. Oh, but  what a coffee pot!  All I had to do was set it up at night and first thing in the morning it would wake me up with the gentle sound of grinding beans.  Then shortly after the snooze alarm would be the scent of freshly brewing coffee.  I hesitate to say it, but I think I loved this coffeepot more than I ever dreamed of loving my Cinderella watch.

Did you notice that I’m using past tense?  Sadly, after nearly three years (a record!) of faithful service, my coffee pot decided that it would no longer brew anything for me…no matter how much I pleaded with it.  After a couple days of making do with hot tea and nearest latte stand (no shortage of those here in Seattle…too bad they don’t deliver!) I once again made my way to see what Costco had to offer me.   I cringed as I offered up my debit card for my expensive new pot…but I knew it would be worth it.

And now, it’s time for me to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee..and to  finally figure out how to control my electromagnetic pulses.   I’m quite content to live life on it’s own time…but don’t mess with my java!cup


*This was way before Disney had saturated the world

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17 Responses to Coffeepots Are Like Watches

  1. Jenster says:

    This post really speaks to me. lol

    I grew up about an hour from Disney and frequented the place – long before Disney was everywhere. Back when everybody wanted the cherished E tickets and you always came away with a bajillion A tickets.

    And coffee. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I’m going to Costco the next one my coffee pot goes to the great beyond.

  2. Becky says:

    I miss coffee so very much. Makes me barf right now, but I’m plotting my comeback as soon as the wee one is born.

  3. My first watch was a Snow White watch with a yellow wristband.

    And in one of those strange coincidences, my husband just gave me a beautiful new, solar-powered watch.

    Enjoy your coffee.

  4. Peace says:

    I love Disneyland, I go several times a year and try to take my grandkids….yes I am a very, very young grandma! Granny McGanny they call me because of all our adventures!

    Anyway, much to their parents dismay I let them buy pretty much whatever they want under $25 everytime we go. We all have annual passes, which I purchase for them so they can go with me when I go, but my grandson’s most favorite thing is his pin lanyard and trading pins. It’s his treasure.

    I remember my first trip to Disneyland and I was in 6th grade and I too wanted that Cinderella watch I can just imagine your excitement with getting it. Disneyland is magical…I think I deserve a trip…I’ve saved so much on hair products it will just about pay for the gas!

  5. Susan says:

    I love that this post is sparking so many memories and that you want to share them!

    Jenster~ unless, of course you need it RIGHT away!

    Becky~You’ll probably really need the coffee then

    Ruth~Solar powered? I don’t know that I’ve heard of that (it’s such a green thing to do!) I wonder how one would work here in the PNW?

    Peace~When I took the girls a couple years ago, I totally spoiled them with loot…all to make up for my feelings of deprivation. You’re a fun Granny McGanny with a cook ‘do!

  6. Someone's Mother says:

    I could stay here for days! Thanks for the great reads! Found you on allmedicore. 🙂

    Come visit anytime!

    PS…we had to just put our 5 year old coffee pot to rest. I had been jokingly praying over it each morning for about 5 days, just to get us through. I feel your pain.

    I ended up buying a $16 Mr. Coffee…not even programmable, just because I was so beside myself and in mourning…

    Might be time now to move on and get a new one, and save this as a spare…*sigh*

  7. tommie says:

    My first watch was a Mickey Mouse with a red leather band! I still have it upstairs though I haven’t worn it in years.

    I knew a girl who made things break by being near them: phones, TVs! and things like the coffee pot.

  8. jennatjugglinglife says:

    I had the exact same Cinderella watch. We went to Disneyland every year–we never shopped, but we did get our silhouettes done.

  9. Peggy says:

    I hate that modern appliances only work for a couple of years and then . . .death. There is no way to get them fixed either. It sucks!

    What ever happened to percolators? Those never died.

  10. Cheryl says:

    The first watch I loved was my red Keith Haring Swatch watch. I’ve loved many Swatch watches since. And modern appliances? I do believe they’re made to conk out so we need to buy new ones.

  11. Hilary says:

    Mickey Mouse was the first guy to ever give me the time of day. My coffee cravings tell me its morning and I must go make a pot.. right now!

    Great, effective post. 🙂

  12. Cazzie says:

    I so wish we lived a few hours drive away frm Disneyland..then again, our back yard has the Werribee Open Range Zoo and we do have a lovely river along the way.
    My first watch was a brown leather strap one, with lovely roman numerals, I was 10 I think. I do not know where it went.
    I have had quite a few nursing watches too. I wish they would stay alive a bit longer than 3 years like the old ones used to.
    Right now we have a DeLonghi Coffee maker here, it cost us alot of money, but it works fabulously 🙂 I love my coffee too.

  13. Jocelyn says:

    Your electromagnetic idea is a good one. However, I believe you also need to entertain the notion that you might be living under the rare and ancient “Sucky Watch-Coffee-Pot Hex.”

  14. Pam says:

    I can’t keep a coffee pot alive for more than 18 months or so…I think the more love a coffee pot has, the shorter it’s life. I don’t splurge anymore…I consider my coffee maker a transient member of the household. Ahh, how I love coffee.

  15. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Hey we have that very same maker, nice metal carafe, we bought ours at Best Buy. 🙂

  16. Karina says:

    Wow, you have had some bad luck with coffee pots huh? I bought a used one at a yard sale for $5 six years ago. It still works. I’ve actually stopped using it because I now own a “Senseo” machine (which I love and adore), but the other one still works.

  17. snpnmnmi says:

    You MUST have gone through the nifty teen watches that had a color ring you could change… right? Right there along with the Converse tennis shoes that you could change the color insert… right??? The princesses had NOTHING over that! *giggle*
    Why didn’t you just pop for a mobile iv so you could pump the java in wherever you went? Course, the grinding of the beans might get a little tricky!
    Tammy :):):)

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