2009: It could be worse

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010


This year has not been as good as others, so far, and it all starts with appliances. The toaster, the CD player, the light fixture over the dining room table and the one in the closet, all have malfunctioned.

The light fixtures have been the most irritating, blinking lights and burned out light bulbs have been a hallmark of 2009. I have to un-screw the globe, replace the light bulb, screw the globe back on. The new light bulb might last a week or two, it seems, before I have to do it all over again. I’ve given up on the fixture over the dining room table and don’t even bother flipping the switch to the “on” position anymore. The candles are nice, however.

But the dryer going on the blink is the big one. The heating element is shot, which likely means I’ll have to replace the dryer. But I’m in the process of trying to buy a house in Sandusky and figuring when I do finally settle that my new home likely will come with a dryer. So I’m holding off that appliance purchase to see how it all shakes out. The electric bills have probably shot up to the point where it would be cheaper to just break down and spend the money on a new dryer, however, but I am more stubborn than I am sensible.

Laundry is a regular routine in every household and I like routines. But now, whenever I dry clothes it takes hours, which has completely destroyed my schedule and my routine. The dishwasher doesn't seem to be working as well as it use to either.


I also had to buy new tires for my Chevrolet, and have other work done that cost almost $900. Can’t really whine too much about that, however, because the tires had 80,000 miles on them and the Chevrolet has been as reliable as any car I have ever owned. It's a great car.

2009 … it could be worse. I’m still above ground.




You are right, you are still above ground, got your teeth and a good woman.

smoke and mirrors

This is a vintage year for whine.Come on Matt,change the bulb,buy or don't buy the dryer.Problem solved.


You can buy nice used items sometimes brand new items at auctions. Check the out online or live auctions in Sandusky. Times like these you must be smart but not change your lifestyle drastically.  Buy items at auction can save you thousands. And with this economy ou never know when you may need it.

Karl Hungus-Mr....

Has anyone metered the outlets in your house, takes about 5 seconds if you have a multimeter and know what you are doing.  If you keep having these electric problems it sounds as if you might have a bigger problem than bad luck.  It sounds like the problem might be external....like in the transformer on the pole.  This then would become First Energy's problem.  But, worry not I hear they have some excellent, hardworking employees that deserve raises.....big raises.

Captain Gutz



Just replace the element on the dryer. There is a thing called the internet, it has all kinds of DIY tips. Why, you can even order the element on the internet.





As for the light fixture, it too can be replaced by you.


Good luck.