Saturday, September 10, 2011

Press. Slam. Repeat.

Someday I'd love to meet the shining light in Washington that thinks we're all too stupid to turn off our own irons.

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Normally, I don't get political here.  But this one hits home, baby.  As I'm pressing, my iron [every iron I've bought that has auto-shut-off] decides I don't know what I'm doing and capriciously turns off.  So I SLAM it on the table, because shaking it doesn't wake it up.  Naturally, that's not good for an electrical appliance, but it guarantees I'll have to buy a new one every few months - cha-ching into the manufacturer's pockets.  Can you tell this angers me?

I put this right up there with smart meters.  Which we've already refused, by the way.  Along with every other thing that someone [usually someone who has stock in the company, or a vested interest somehow] decides is good for me, taking away my own free choice in the matter.  Did you know that Michael Chertoff [former head of Homeland Security] made piles of money from those intrusive body scanners at the airport?  Does THAT make you feel safer?

I'm going to go find some thrift stores and see if I can get an old iron that won't tell me what I'm doing.  And then I'm going to put on I Love Lucy and pretend it's current.  And hopefully get over it.

So how's YOUR day going?  Got any good jokes to lighten my mood???  And btw, thank you for indulging me,   I promise it won't happen often.....

37 comments:

JCnNC said...

I surely wish I had something catchy to say - I am right there with you on this stupid iron thing. I finally got a spray bottle and a dry iron from the Vermont Country Store for $29.95 and it sure works for me. Don't even get me started on Rowenta.

Also, what's with buying a fat quarter for $3.00 and the fabric costs $8.99 per yard. They now charge you for cutting the fat quarter?!?!?! I do feel better now. Thank you from Judy C in NC

Fiona said...

Hmmmmm... breathe in..... breathe out...... count to 10.... Iguess you tried that ..... sounds like one of those days Allie....good luck with the ordinary iron hunting...
I only discovered you get those irons that turn off about 6 months ago!! Duh... where have I been living???
Hugz

Home Designs by Amanda said...

In June I got a small lightweight Rival iron that doesn't have a auto shut off...its working good, steams well, and was only $6.50 at Wal-mart...maybe that will help!

Sue said...

I feel your pain politically, Allie. Quite frankly, I'm sick of Washington telling us anything until they get their crap together!

Talin's Corner said...

Wish you could have been as lucky as my friend. She bought an iron (very similar to mine) and said that hers did not have the shut off feature. So on one of our sew-ins I was using her iron and it said automatic shut off. When I pointed this out, she said, "Well, it has never worked and I do not plan on returning it. I love that it doesn't shut off." I was a bit skeptical at first, but she was absolutely right, it did not shut off. Who would have ever thought that a product malfunction would be something we wanted. Hope you find your iron and get to watch I Love Lucy while using it.

KaHolly said...

I only mistakenly bought an auto off iron once, and it didn't last very long in my household! When my iron finally kicks the bucket, am I going to have trouble finding a normal one? Yikes!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

We all have those days. I'm not happy about it either :-(

ptrmom said...

I have a Black and Decker classic iron. A basic iron that does NOT turn off automatically. I got it specifically because I hated how my iron turned off right as soon as I needed to press a seam. They sell them various places. I've seen them at some (not all) Walmarts and J.C. Penney. And they aren't expensive and work quite well.

sunny said...

Mine shuts off WHILE I'M IRONING!! It doesn't have to be inactive. I have to shake it at just the right angle to get it to click back on. Most annoying. Carry on with your day now.

rosie said...

Hi Allie, I feel your pain!! I detest politics, there seems to be no commonsense anymore.. I have a great iron which does switch off, but only after fifteen minutes, and I only have to move it slightly and it's on again.. great for the person who forgets to turn off the iron.. Electricity prices are so expensive here you don't forget to turn off anything!!

Terry said...

My iron is a cheapy from Wal-Mart and it has a little button on the front to push once it's shut itself off. Much easier than banging it down on the table! LOL

Karen said...

My iron has auto shut off but I love it. Like Rosie, mine shuts off after 15 minutes or something and I only have to tip it slightly to turn back on. It's also really quick to heat up.

I decided I needed an auto-off iron the day that I was making pants one afternoon to wear out that night. We finished the pants, headed out to the club, crashed at my friend's house and then had lunch the next day. It wasn't until about 5pm the day after I made the pants that I discovered I'd left the iron on the whole time.

shez said...

Fiona dont feel bad i had not even heard of these irons,gee Allie i must be in the dark ages also,enjoy Lucy,lol

susan m hinckley said...

Allie gets edgy?! I like it! And I Love Lucy is the perfect antidote to all-things-new-and-improved.

Val said...

I get annoyed at my iron too! I didn't know there was so much iron rage out there. I thought it was just me. Saw a cute story about Boo the dog today. He has over a million facebook followers!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axIZWuAgIeA&feature=related
Cheers,
Val

Mary-Kay said...

You are too funny! I thought I was the only one who slammed the iron down just to get it to turn back on. That iron didn't last very long either. I think I get a new iron at least once a year because the old one made me do it. That's my excuse!

West Michigan Quilter said...

OMG I know what you mean! It is so frustrating. I've slammed too! Then I went out and got a new iron, but I think it does the same thing. Geez!

Cheryl said...

I'm right behind you Allie and shaking my head like crazy....gezzzzzzzzzzzzz, actually some stronger words than that!

Dandelion Quilts said...

That is annoying. I totally agree. Unfortunately.....I have also left mine on one too many times and been glad it has shut off. :)

Stitched With Prayer said...

Ummm, Allie....? I one of those people who needs an iron that shuts off. *hanging head in shame** HOWEVER, it doesn't need to shut off in 10 minutes, I'll give ya that one, LOL. I saw one the other day, just a cheap one at Walmart that I'm going to get. It shuts off but not for a full hour...that works for me. Also, I don't fly so I haven't even been in an airport for too many years to remember. My goodness, I'm not helping you out at all am I? So I'll just take my little forgetful self and go away. But I'm sending you hugs to cheer you up and maybe make you smile. AND, I solemnly promise that if we ever meet and I shut down after 10 minutes, you will only need to shake me gently and I will wake up...huh??? Better now? Hugs sweet friend...

MosaicMagpie said...

Great post and could not have come at a better time. I was sewing yesterday. I like to sew a seam and then press it, before moving on to the next seam. That ^$(&#&
iron would be shut down everytime I got up to use it. It got to be a race to see if I could beat the iron with each seam I stitched. Very frustrating and the dumb iron was costly and doesn't steam like it should. I think I will try the thrift store irons too!
Deb

Terra said...

Our iron is sitting on a shelf in the hall closet where it remains undisturbed. I don't iron, I hope this isn't too shocking! I understand your frustration with your iron though.

Debbie said...

That's OK, Allie. It was funny!

About the iron. Are all irons made that way now? I bought one new here less than a year ago, I think. It doesn't turn off. I don't remember the brand, it could be it was made here. Good luck with your search for the perfect iron, LOL!

unfinishedquilts said...

Lets see, my last iron was wonderful, tip it over and it woke up. Then the kids dropped it on the floor and it wouldn't turn on. My new iron I had all of 5 minutes and hubby dumped it tip first (making a nice gouge in the hardwood), now I have it plugged into a power strip and I have to turn the strip off and on every 10 minutes. Then I have to tap the button 4 times to adjust the temp. Already told hubby I will be iron shopping this week, one year with this one has been plenty!lol

Know you aren't the only one. Hubby told me to get one of the 'good' ones (read expensive) the way I coupon, really??? For what an expensive one to pull the same crap??? I don't think so. So he wanted to know what kind I wanted, the cheapest one I can find at Meijer!!! That way I can afford to buy one every other month and not worry about who is dumping it! Wonder if they give discounts for bulk purchases?

Hope your day got better!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Naughty iron! Here! Here!
Appliances are just too smart for their own good these days aren't they?!!
Good luck with finding a decent iron!!!!
Hugs sweetie! Vikki xoxoxo

Dolores said...

Shhh, don't tell anyone but my irons don't shut off. I had one once that had an auto shut off and a daughter took it. The one I have now has a light that goes on when you plug it in. Now that is annoying. Wanna make a guess as to how many times someone told me that I left the iron on???? It was plugged in but it wasn't on. You have to turn the dial to how hot you want it in order for it to be on. I liked my mom's iron. Simple and efficient - no lights on that sucker. Plug it in and when you want to use it, you turn the dial.

Heather x said...

Wow my friend, I can hear your frustration from here! I have never heard of an Iron that switches itself off.....when ours switch off on their own it's usually a sign it's knackered lol.
Hope you manage to find a "normal" Iron soon :)

Happy sewing Allie, talk to you again soon :)
*hugs* Heather x

Carol said...

Oh Allie...all I can say is "I'm SO with you!" I hate these darn irons...I really am capable of shutting off my own iron when I'm good and ready! Thanks for the chuckle this morning.

Mary said...

Yes those automatic turn off irons are a pain in the tushy. I don't know why they have to make the turn off so quick - why can't it wait 30 minutes? Idiot proofing does make our quilting lives more pesky. Okay - here's the only thing I can think of to lighten the mood...Hercules, Hercules, Hercules *picture Eddie Murphy in the Nutty Professor* sorry - I just finished watching it -lol

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm laughing.

At least the iron ought to have an option of whether you want it to turn off or not. That way people like me that are always preoccuplied can enjoy that cut off or not.

I used to do pretty good until this last year. I'm lucky if I can remember who I am...not kidding. The doc and I are having big discussions. Right now she's on using the sticky note theory....yeah right. Who's going to remind me to look at the sticky note.

My Mom at 90 is still cleared minded and if one more government official tells her what to do, I think she'll pop.

Enjoyed this post!!!!

Lasso the Moon said...

So funny! Mine has a button I have to push. Slamming won't even work! Drives me crazy!
Anna

Sandra :) said...

What brilliant mind decided that irons should shut off so quickly? Auto shut-off is great after an hour or more, but anything less is unreasonable! My iron has writing on it that says "No leak". It leaks like a sieve!

How about the new crockpots that will actually BOIL liquids in an hour on high - WHAT THE HECK!!! It's a CROCK pot - you're supposed to be able to leave it on (on low) for 8-10 hours - that's not possible anymore with these new gets-hotter-quicker models!

They just don't make things the way they used to, and it doesn't even always help to buy an expensive model - they can be just as crappy!

Aaaaaaaaaaaah I feel better after getting that off my chest, LOL!

Val said...

Oh I have to agree with you! I understand that people forget but I always unplug mine anyway. I would love to find a good old iron too!!! And I loved reading what you remembered on 9/11. I watched while at the Hilton all the sad reminders on t.v. but as I sat there thinking about it to myself, I think everyone needs to be reminded of this often so some people will not forget. God Bless America.

Kim D. said...

Hi Allie, I haven't Blogged or visited in awhile. It sounds like you've been busy as well. Kaaren's quilt is coming along nicely. Great Job! My summer was so busy I didn't get a block made and sent off to you. Boo hoo! Do you know how Kaaren's doing lately?

I've had my own experiences with irons, one of the auto shut off irons I had didn't shut off and got so hot the face plate bubbled, now that's hot.
Another one started smoking right in front of my eyes, scared the living daylight out of me, I quickly unplugged it. (It was recalled and the Co. sent me a new iron). I'm sure this is why the companies make them auto shut off. They both could have burned my house down if they would have been unattended.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

I just thought you should know that when I clicked on your link for "smart meters" my browser blocked it as an attack site that could put malware on my computer.

I always try to avoid buying those irons that shut themselves off. They're always cold when you want to use them. I have a Black & Decker Classic and I wish I'd bought a couple extra because I haven't seen it in the stores for a while now.

Kim said...

Oh now I hear you on this iron thing! Shouldn't the irons shut off while standing and not while you are actually ironing? Mine shuts off in the midst of things. The only thing that keeps me sane is remembering that a forgotten iron is what burned my parents home to the ground. All was lost short of lives. So I just deal with the shut-off and have been glad for it when I have forgotten to unplug - but why on earth is the dang thing shutting off midst the actual pressing of things...

Mama Pea said...

Sometimes I think I need that feature, because I have been known to leave the iron on, but it drives me nuts when it does that while I'm working! I want the auto shut off to kick in after something like 2 hours rather than 10 min. My current iron doesn't have auto shut off. I'm digging it.

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