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I have come to an understanding, why it is that Barb and I got along just dandy without a dishwasher for so long, even though everyone thought we were nuts. As I washed dishes this morning, I counted what CAN'T be put into the dishwasher, all of which we have in abundance:

1) The silverware. We put this in at first, but realized that the harsh abrasives were WEARING THE SILVER PLATE OFF. Fortunately, it's only marginally ruined the daily-use silver, and not the good stuff, which we've only used once or twice since getting the dishwasher. So now that gets hand-washed again.

2) The forged knives. These will get rusty.

3) The stoneware. This cannot be washed with soap at all, and must be scrubbed with a stiff brush only. I suppose if I ran a load without soap, it MIGHT work, but I doubt it.

4) The cast iron. Like the stoneware, you can't wash cast iron with soap, and it MUST be wiped dry so it doesn't get rusty.

5) The good china. It's gilt edged, and so are some of my wine glasses. Should have realized that what could happen to gilt edges could happen to silverware, too.

6) The hand-blown glasses, the etched glasses, and the hand-painted glasses.

7) The teflon-coated cookware.

Since the above is roughly half of what we own, that's why we never felt the lack of a dishwasher.

For what it's worth, neither of us have ever bothered to fix the air conditioning in our vehicles, either.

On an unrelated television note, just watched the season finale of Primeval. Holy cats, the Beeb had BETTER allow another series, because that is probably the worst place to leave a show since... possibly the series finale of Farscape.

Yesterday I spent the whole day backing up stuff off the small hard drive to my external backup drive, which took a lot of time for transferring and copying (transferring TiVo saves to plain M-PEG files), but got it done and cleared off some of this drive. Did the Mom's grocery shopping, picked up some birthday paper to wrap sillymagpie's gifts, then took her out to dinner at a wonderful little Ecuadoran restaurant, where the food was to die for delicious -- everything we tried, all around, was superb, from the appetizer Ecuadoran tamales to the Guanabana dessert, which was a very light whipped custardy thing with chocolate drizzled on top. The Ecuadoran flan (coconut flan) was unlike any Sonoran flan I've ever tried, but it, too, was incredible. Then we came home to gifts and watched Coraline, which was one of said gifts. Nifty little movie!

Had something happen with one of my (now adult) dragons that I've never seen before. When she "gendered" (that's the point when a hatchling gets its wings or grows a little bigger), I named her -- then last night she no longer had a name, and I couldn't give her the one she'd had before because it had already been used. If you scroll over her picture here on LJ it shows that original name, but on my scroll it's the new one. Very odd...

Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today!


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Jul. 26th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I have no dishwasher, and don't really miss one -- so I sympathize. :-)

[hugs] Happy Sunday!
Jul. 26th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I do like it most of the time, but I never missed it when I didn't have one! :-)

Happy Sunday!
Jul. 26th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
that is weird about the dragon though TJ was trying to work the database after the losses this past week.

luckily all my dishes and silverware are utter cheapo. I'd kill for a dishwasher. I'd rather scrub a toilet than clean dishes
Jul. 26th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
I couldn't figure that one out.

A lot of our stuff is heirloom, from both sides of the family, although we got the bulk of our china via yard sale and Estate sale; the wine glasses were a wedding present. All my blue willow, the everyday stuff, is fine in the dishwasher, as is the Revereware and the Pyrex, there's just a LOT we can't put in there.
Jul. 26th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
i use the 'good' stuff so rarely that yeah I would wash it by hand but everything else, in it goes
Jul. 26th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I could live without a dishwasher if I had to, but do. not. ask me to live without AC in the car.

I thought of you tonight when I happened to drive by my dog vet (vs. my cat vet or my sugar glider vet) on the way home from the zoo and saw one of the techs out walking a Basenji.
Jul. 27th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
It's a needless expense, I guess. It'd probably run six or eight hundred bucks to fix (at least, that was a quote I got on my Monarch back in the 80's, and that was a while ago), so I just live without. Besides, if I went from air conditioned house to air conditioned car to air conditioned gym back to air conditioned car to air conditioned office, I'd NEVER acclimatize. I don't know how people who do that actually do live here!

Basenjis are wonderful dogs!

Jul. 27th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
As far as I know, Primeval was cancelled. I don't know if we got all the episodes, but down she went.
Jul. 27th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
ARGH, that's what I was afraid of. The BBC seems to be trying to torpedo its genre shows for some reason, even though they're apparently quite popular (although I suspect Primeval cost a fortune).

*sigh* What a horrible place to leave it.
Jul. 27th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if you are on my geekery filter, but I wrote about all the shows that were canceled by the BBC about a month or so ago. There were about three or four of them, and I linked to an article about Torchwood, which was really interesting. The BBC has decided that Sci-fi isn't making any money (and not just the BBC but ITV as well) and most shows that are similiar have been canned.
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Not sure if I saw that post.

Interesting. I know for a fact Dr. Who still makes money (a lot of it). What genre do they classify that as?

I suppose in some ways it's a good thing; means I'll have less television I NEED to watch... *sigh*

Jul. 28th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Torchwood was the #1 show ratings wide for the BBC as far as I know last season, and when they moved it to the new BBC 2 (or whatever BBC channel) they changed the format to five episodes, not caring that it was the top moneymaker.

I have no idea where DW lands as far as money goes, but you have to understand it is about ratings. A show can make money, but if there are a ton of other shows that make more money and have higher ratings, then it could be slated for the boot. If they have problems finding advertizers, then that's another problem.

I work in advertising and get rating listing, but not for the UK.

If you go to my tags, you can check and see if you can find the post. It's not that far back.
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
I know that about Torchwood -- Children of the Earth also was top-rated for the five nights it ran, making it I believe the most successful "mini series" that the BBC (BBC One, BTW) has ever broadcast.

This hasn't been confirmed by the BBC yet, but it looks like there's another series of Torchwood in the works.

Dr. Who is always #1 when it runs, I think pretty much without fail. They're expecting to break records with Tennant's last appearance as the Doctor, and of course they're already good to go on next season (and it's already filming, I've seen pictures). It would be odd for the BBC to try and cancel Dr. Who again. They made that mistake once.

Jul. 28th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
There was an announcement about a movie for Torchwood and Dr Who, but I have been avoiding the spoilers. It was announced at Comic Con this last weekend I believe. All my flaky friends haven't said a word yet and I haven't read anything yet. But I already know Torchwood is fine and is Dr. Who. It wasn't on the list of cancellations.

Yep, already filming. Yep.

Jul. 27th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I use the dishwasher at the apartment from time to time, but I also have a lot of plastic, wood, and other items that can't be washed. The dishwasher also doesn't do a good job on mugs and glasses, so I do those by hand. I just put the dirty dishes in and run it whenever it's full. At least if I do that it doesn't get gunky and break down.

The dishwasher is okay and all, but I'd rather have the cupboard space. :/
Jul. 27th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
There were a number of people who seemed to think I was a mutant with three heads because I didn't see the need for a dishwasher...
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