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December 14th, 2004

The Decline of Western Civilization Continues

Please, please tell me why in the world Mr. Coffee makes a friggin’ Hot Cocoa Maker. Cocoa! One of the easiest things to make, ever. And now we have a machine for it?

I spotted this in a holiday circular this weekend and admit I was really amazed. Although, the Iced Tea Makers are a bit of a mystery to me as well.

Why?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Barbara
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 8:54:31 am
I used to feel the same way about the ice tea maker until I married a southerner who drinks sweet tea like most people drink water. I receive one as a gift and it makes pretty good iced tea quickly, with less mess.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 9:43:48 am
We got a Mrs. Tea as a gift one Christmas. I'm kind of ashamed to say that we haven't used it yet... it's kind of interesting because what you need to make a good cup of tea is essential a pot to boil water, a strainer, and a mug/cup. Haven't quite figured out what Mrs. Tea offers above that...



FROM: Heather
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 10:46:31 am
Wake up to some breakfast fun with the Princess Waffler. http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?prod_id=167465&cm_ven=1hd.com2msn&cm_cat=shopping&cm_pla=prod&cm_ite=prod



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 11:49:06 am
The iced tea makers do make the process easier. The hot chocolate thing sounds lame though. I make my hot chocolate from scratch, using Alton Brown's recipe. The pinch of cayenne pepper makes all the difference.



FROM: cate [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 12:09:27 pm
I'll see your hot cocoa maker and raise you the $40 Black and Decker Jar Opener (http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/601-9546289-4042556?asin=B0000ZI1JC&AFID=Froogle&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001) - a $40 jar opener? I'm pretty sure you could hire someone to open jars for you for that



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 12:45:08 pm
With all sorts of people getting their limbs blown off overseas, I'm sure a jar opener is just the beginning of appliances for the weak or handless.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 1:51:44 pm
Actually, cate, I'll take that bet. The jar opener is good for people with arthritis.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 3:11:02 pm
Or people that need the Dawn Power Dish Brush (as I learned the hard way).



FROM: aharris
DATE: Wednesday December 15, 2004 -- 4:01:01 pm
DAMN YOU RYAN A. MACMICHAEL! I GOT YOU THAT MRS. TEA AND I'M REALLY PISSED THAT YOU DON'T APPRECIATE MY GIFT! ALL I CAN SAY IS YOU WON'T BE GETTING THIS FOR XMAS THIS YEAR!

HRMPH...



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 15, 2004 -- 4:41:49 pm
Dude, you so didn't get me the Mrs. Tea!



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday December 15, 2004 -- 4:42:18 pm
(And great job on the Boogie Bass reference... a four year old Ping... outstanding.)



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday December 18, 2004 -- 10:54:34 am
Personally, I have a hot water maker. That's right, it's a big thing that heats water, and cost about $40. But it's faster than using the (electric) stove... and more energy efficient. As one who drinks a lot of tea, I've been pleased with my bourgeouis purchase.

The cocoa maker does seem extreme, though. Ditto for electric tie racks (which often cost in the $hundreds).

And some items are clearly just gimmicks. I love the locator from Sharper Image. Sounds like a good idea? Look closely at the pictures. They seem to imply that you will attach this huge keychain to... your PDA. Your cell phone. Your glasses? Uhm, yeah, sure.



FROM: Ken
DATE: Monday December 20, 2004 -- 9:52:29 pm
Yea, i wouldnt be complaining about a hot chocolate maker with that can opener and all the other things that you can find at sharper image.



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