Author: Judd, Brooks

Ten Items or Less

(It’s the little old lady from Turlockdenia)
I am the Public Advocate/ Board member for Friends of the Turlock Public Library and one of my current duties is setting up information tables at various grocery stores to hand out information on the “Yes on T” Save Stanislaus Libraries proposition.

Last week I had a table set up at our local Raley’s in Turlock and was working the noon-two p.m. shift. The table was set up about 10 feet from one of the entrances/exits and about 30 feet from one of those electric motor cars that parents put their fussy children in, drop in a quarter and the car bounces back and forth for a couple of minutes then abruptly stops just when your child is beginning to enjoy the ride.

I spotted a 90ish gray haired lady in an electric motorized scooter slowly motoring down the sidewalk towards me. She pulled up alongside the electric car and came to a slow stop. Out of the corner of my eye I watched with interest as she carefully and slowly slid from the seat of her scooter over to the electric child’s car. It appeared to me she was actually attempting to get into the car. But she didn’t. Instead, she slowly reached over the car to the wall where the electrical socket was and with a defiant tug pulled out the plug. That was odd, but even odder was what she did next. She reached to the back of her scooter, uncoiled an extension cord that was attached to her scooter and then in plain view proceeded to plug HER cord into the store’s outlet. She was pilfering Raley’s electricity in broad daylight! I was shocked! (No pun intended).I just stared at her and her gaze met mine. She shot daggers at me as if to say, “Listen little man, go about your business and I’ll go about mine!”

She spent at least a half an hour getting fully charged. Finally she slowly reached over again unplugged her plug, plugged the Raley’s car back into its rightful socket and defiantly made her way toward me, toward the entrance to the store she had just bilked out of ill gotten electricity.

As she slowly and silently scooted past my table oblivious to the dastardly deed she had just committed, against all that I stood for and all that is righteous and moral, I gave her a half-hearted thumbs up sign forever entangling me into my own act of unlawful cowardly AARP compliance in this felonious matter.

Once again her cold gray eyes met mine. For protection I quickly grabbed a “Yes on T” Save Stanislaus Libraries flyer to hand to her. She stopped her scooter, sneered at me for what seemed an eternity, made a low grunting sound, and scooted her way into the friendly confines of Raley's. I could only tell myself that this was one brazen AARP member who had the brass bollocks to take what she wanted. Maybe that is why she has lived so long.

2. American made products-foreign made products, it’s all the same:
16 short months ago Sheila and I did hours of homework, made a decision, and purchased a top of the line Maytag low water, high efficiency, ecologically friendly washer, a machine we hoped would at least last us 5 years. (Actually, Sheila has informed me that the Maytag (Owned by Whirlpool) we purchased was a top of the LOWER MIDDLE of the line model.)

A bearing in the lower basket of our American made washer has rusted out completely. A plastic covering that is made specifically to protect the bearing is faulty. Result? Our $550.00 16 month old top of the line American Maytag Washer will take more than $450 American dollars to repair. This leaves us with a decision. Do we buy new washer, or repair our top of the LOWER MIDDLE of the line American made Maytag washer?
I spoke directly to Maytag’s customer service and the nice lady listened sympathetically as I explained my concern. She was extremely nice and kept responding with, “That is so wrong, I am so sorry, oh that is just terrible.”
After I had listed and identified the numerous ways this was wrong and how Maytag should own up to this mockery of American craftsmanship she responded with a, “ Mr. Judd, do you have another phone number where we can reach you?” That was three weeks ago.

I then e-mailed Maytag and retold the same story on their customer hotline hoping to get some sort of response. Not a peep, phone call or e-mail. We’ll be shopping for a new washer and you can bet it will NOT be an American made Maytag.

3. Our foreign made Samsung microwave, 14 months old stopped working.. Yes it is a conspiracy. After checking out the problem our repair man tells us we need a new entry key pad. He called Samsung and was told the entry key pad is a mere $38.

So we are looking at $38 for the part, plus the $75 service call, and $35 in labor. That is about ½ of what we paid for a new micro-wave. A couple of days later our friendly serviceman, Kevin, called and said Samsung informed him the key pad we needed was on back order and would take from two to three weeks to get to Turlock. I guess a lot of folks have Samsung Microwaves and are ordering foreign made Samsung key pads. Our next microwave will definitely not be a foreign made Samsung.

My grandsons will be in Turlock visiting from Bakersfield and Fremont Father’s Day Week so I will be unable to make it to Grass Valley this year. The rest of you have a glorious music fed frenzy of delicious jamming delights this year in Grass Valley.

And remember:

Read a book (Rick has a good one out), hug a child, pet a dog, stroke a cat, and whatever you do take the time to take a long, deep breath and inhale the intoxicating aroma of the roses and enjoy the day…..

Posted:  6/1/2012

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