Mudcat Café message #4073870 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4073870
Posted By: Charmion
01-Oct-20 - 10:45 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
The new coffee percolator arrived yesterday and has proved unsatisfactory. Its coffee basket fails to keep the coffee grounds under close arrest during the percolation process, resulting in a brew full of grit. As soon as I get it packed up and labelled, it's going right back.

Fortunately, the old percolator has yet to leave the building. Next, I shall try a "Fitz-All" replacement bubble, suitable for percolator lids with apertures ranging from 13/16ths of an inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The aperture in question measures 2 cm, which is (sorta, kinda) 7/8ths of an inch, allowing a whole one sixteenth of an inch of play. Crossed fingers.

I have invested an insane amount of time and effort in this problem, and I have the Google history to prove it -- at least a dozen variations on "Farberware stove top percolator replacement parts".

Farberware, once based in Brooklyn, moved to China some time ago and left customer service behind in the process.

With respect to masks, Stilly, I suggest you resign from the Mask Police, if only to preserve your sanity. We have the same problem here: scofflaws to the right of me, whiners to the left, all sure their petty discomfort matters more than public safety or community solidarity. A few weeks ago, I read an article by an epidemiologist in the Globe & Mail that helped me get some perspective. He suggested concentrating on the majority of people doing their best to obey the rules, each one mitigating the risk by his or her little iota. What matters is the majority effort; as long as -- say -- 80 percent of the community follows the rules 80 percent of the time, the risk level is tamped down to a manageable level.

Of course, for that kind of thinking to work, at least 80 percent of people must think of themselves as 80-percenters who are not "special" enough to break the rules. That's hard for some egos.