As I told you last week, Leanne and I hosted our annual Labour Day block party on Sept. 1st.
Some neighbours brought over their barbeque and guitar, some brought a table, chairs, food to share, etc. Leanne and I bought the burgers, buns etc. with the Block Party grant money and, you know, cleaned the house a bit.
We found a couple of table cloths from somewhere that someone was going to throw away after an event, and wiped them down. I wanted to attach them to the table so they wouldn’t blow away. We used to have some plastic clips made for the purpose, but they have all broken.
“Why not use clothespegs?” I asked myself.
As you know, we have plenty of clothespegs for hanging up the washing on the line. We even have some still in a package that we have never used. They have been taking up shelf space for a few years.
“Why not use those?” I said to myself. “They are colourful and festive!”
I asked the kids that were around to put the clips on the table cloth. A few minutes later, I noticed a caffuffle. I think that is how you spell that. I went to see what was going on.
This is what I found.
When anyone tried to open the clothespegs, they broke in half. Not all of them, but a lot of them. At least the five I took a picture of. Maybe more.
[mass noun] A policy of producing consumer goods that rapidly become obsolete and so require replacing, achieved by frequent changes in design, termination of the supply of spare parts, and the use of non-durable materials.
and it makes me so mad I would break something if I could find something to break that I could put back together again.
When this happens a song starts repeating in my head. I’m much too polite to sing it in mixed company, but I was humming it to myself. It is called “Piece of Crap” by Neil Young. It seems Neil has been all about sustainability for a long time. Thank you Neil!
How do you feel when something breaks that should have lasted longer? Do you secretly look forward to buying a new one? I feel that way sometimes and then I know that I have been brainwashed.