I love travel! More on that in a moment. First, I have to get to last week’s answers.
The dishwasher and I were not getting along. It broke and I thought that the fix would be simple, and it was. Unfortunately, it took me hours and hours to realize it.
The dishwasher only set me back $50 in the first place, so I wondered if all the time time and profanity was worth it. Should I have just chucked the thing to the curb and moved on? Here is what you had to say:
Mr. Tako from Mr. Tako Escapes and I are apparently a lot alike:
This sounds like a completely normal DIY project to me. Everything goes that way at our house…
Done by Forty makes a lot of sense here:
…if spending a few rubles is going to save us a few hours, I’m down to spend the coin and use that time playing board games with friends, catching up on sleep, spending quality time with the wife, etc. Mostly because I feel like I don’t get enough of those things unless I do outsource some stuff.
Reader Jeff points out that all kinds of crap gets stuck in dishwashers:
Lisa (wife) has pictures somewhere of me with our old dishwasher taken apart in our previous kitchen. Mine was a crab shell in the drain hose. I think I got another year out of her and then had to find another one on Craigslist.
I like the way theFIREstarter thinks. If more people thoought like him, the world would be a lot better off:
Prices are in fact artificially cheap because they don’t take into account the damage and wasting of resources that is being done to the ecosystem. Maybe if things were priced consistently with how much waste and pollution they generate people would start to behave more sensibly, as it is only a small minority that actually give a shit about the future of our planet and even our own species.
Finally, Reader Michael hit the nail on the head:
You came out the other side with a “working” dishwasher and more knowledge of how the whole system works. Which means whenever you have problems down the line, you’ll spend less time (theoretically) tracking down the culprit.
If you had just replaced the dishwasher, you would be more inclined to replace the replacement (heh) down the line instead of fixing the problem.
Would I do it over again? Hell yes. I don’t look at the time I spent as just an exercise in saving a few bucks. I also gained knowledge. I can tell you about all kinds of hose clamps. I know how to use a multimeter to test various electronic components. I know dishwashers in and out. While it was infuriating at the time, I’m all about picking up new knowledge and learning how to better solve problems. Never stop learning.
In the meantime Mr. Dishwasher, if you know what’s good for you, I recommend you behave.
Where are you going this year?
When I was growing up, I swore that I’d never have a desk job. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but the idea of sitting in an office for 8 hours, 5 days a week, sounded like torture. Now that I’m all grown up, this is exactly what I do (computer programmer). Since I enjoy the cerebral exercise, I’m OK with a desk job. For now.
I still can’t sit still for that long. On some days, I find myself gazing out the window at the Rocky Mountains. I usually go for a half hour walk every day at lunch. I have to stand up at least once an hour and move around. Sitting still just isn’t who I am.
Anyway, this may be why I enjoy travel so much. As is my style I have a packed agenda (by normal standards at least) for this year.
- On Friday, we’re flying out to Las Vegas to see relatives.
- Later in April, I’m driving to Wisconsin and Chicago on a work trip. While I’m there, I’ll pick up tile* for my final home project (this one is going to be cool!). On the way back, I’m stopping in Omaha for the Berkshire Hathaway meeting.
- Later in the year, we’re going to Kentucky (family reunion), Europe (blogger reunion), San Diego (more bloggers, but also the beach!) and Ecuador.
Perhaps my relentless wanderlust is why I’m well equipped for an FI life? Post-work, there will be no such thing as an average day. After I drop the kids off at school, I see myself biking up random roads into the mountains and exploring nature. During breaks when the kids are out of school, we’ll hit the road for monthlong trips. There is so much to explore…
Enough about me! Tell me about some of your upcoming adventures!
*There is this place in Chicago that has tile that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else and is also cheap. Tile Outlet, please open a store in Denver!
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