A very Good Morning to you (I had an amazing day yesterday—hope you did too. I've been hearing from an old friend).
So you'd have to be a pretty devoted reader of this site to remember my post about vacuum cleaners. If you don't want to go read it, basically it's a test of a Dyson "Animal" upright vacuum, which really sucked (although remember, with vacuum cleaners that's a good thing).
So right in the middle of the move, what happens? Butters, who likes to chew on little plastic things, chewed the plug off the cord of the Dyson. Rendering it utterly useless just at the point when we needed it most—mainly for the miniature drifts of Butters' own white hairs collecting all over the old house.
Who would have guessed, but it turned out almost no one could fix that. The cord is not a straightforward electrical cord like lamp cord; it's some kind of coaxial arrangement with insulation and so forth. The best I could do was the nearest Dyson Service Center—which is in Schaumberg, Illinois (about an hour and a half from here). And they quoted a six-week turnaround time!
Finally I found a great little old-fashioned-American vacuum-cleaner shop called "The Kleen-It Shoppe" on the edge of downtown Oconomowoc (a very charming little town, too—I'd never been there). The owner, George, made a special effort and turned it around for me in one afternoon. The cost: $65. Plus more than an hour in the car. I was grateful, though, because apparently they're the only place that could perform the service at all.
Goes to show you there's more than one way to be a very high-cost puppy. And now I have a very real reason not to be lazy and leave the vacuum cleaner out.
Our print sale starts later this morning. Hope you have a nice, low-cost Wednesday—
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toto: "Hmm...it's gonna be a nice, high-cost Wednesday if you order one (or more) of the prints."
Mike replies: Oh, I disagree. Try finding a beautiful custom Pt/Pd print in a gallery for $230. You could do it—possibly—but it wouldn't be easy. I'd say these prints in virtually any art gallery would be somewhere between $650 and $1,200, and I can't imagine a pricetag of less than $450 on them.