Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Constant improvement

Why is that we're wired to always try to improve things? We want a better house, a better car, a better job, less mold in our houses, less weight on our bodies, smarter kids, more money, etc. Some of those things are just my own personal desires but you get the idea.

What's wrong with the way we are now? With the stuff we have now? Isn't it okay to be happy in the present?
Anyway, that's about as deep as I'll go today because I'm distracted with our own home improvements going on in the laundry room. Our water heater sprung a leak just as a friend was giving a 3-year old heater away so we snatched it up. It's bigger and more efficient than our old one. Sounds like an improvement, right?
I know I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, but here's the thing though. Our old one is 50 years old this year. Our new one has a life expectency of 15 years. Is that better? For all of the energy it saves us, I'm thinking that manufacturing new heaters every 15 years more than cancels that out.
Anyway, we're very grateful for the heater and it will be awesome. And we're also very grateful that another friend is installing it for us. We're moving it more into the room so that one day we can also improve our long, deep stairwell by opening it up at the bottom.

Also, I've been distracted by my flour some more today. I opened up the white flour to discover this - a spout on the bag!

Am I slow? Have flour bags always had this neat feature while I tore it open somewhere else, causing messes on the floor unneccessarily?

Maybe they had them 30 years ago, but they've since "improved" the bag by removing them.


Rosa said...

Flour bags (the large ones) have always had spouts and they still do!
Because I don't want to lift such a heavy bag every time I refill my flour jar I still cut open the whole top and scoop it out though.

Evelyn in Canada said...

Ah, so I am slow. Thanks for clarifying that. :-)

Rosa said...


Anonymous said...

It seems to me that a working hot water heater is always better than a non-working. Besides, maybe the life-expetancy on your old one was only 15 years originally, and you were living on borrowed time (and water).


Evelyn in Canada said...

I totally agree about the working hot water heater. But do you really think that the life expectancy was that short in 1959? I kinda think they build in obsolesence now that they didn't in the past. Maybe I'm cynical and wrong.

Coralee said...

or maybe we just have a tendency to look at the past with rose colored glasses - thank God for innovation and technology that we have and were never even heard of in the past (like this lovely blog)