January 09, 2006

Learning process

My Dad once told me that the ideal washing machine would only have one control: a switch labeled ON/OFF. That's always seemed to make sense to me.

A couple days ago one of my roommates brought a new coffee-maker into the house. I welcomed this cause the one we had was pretty old, and kinda nasty.

The new one is bigger, cleaner, has one of those float valves on the side so you can see how much water you've put in it, and it has that shut-off valve so you can take out the pot while it's still brewing and it won't continue to drip coffee on the burner. These are all good things.

This morning I set out to make my first pot with the new machine.

I filled it up, and hit the START/STOP button. The little red light came on so I headed off to another task. Five minutes later I wandered back to the machine and discovered that it hadn't started doing its coffee thing yet. Nothing dripping in to the pot. None of those good, coffee-making gurgly noises.


There are a bunch of other buttons next to the START/STOP button. They are apparently for programming the thing to make coffee for you in the morning. I really like programming things, but when I want coffee, I want coffee NOW. So the programming features hold no interest for me.

Another button, which I hadn't noticed before, said BREW. Aha! So I hit the BREW button and waited expectantly.

Still no gurgly sounds.

Finally, starting to feel just a bit panicky, I hit BREW, and THEN hit START/STOP. Green light! Gurgly sounds! Success!

Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?

Posted by jackhodgson at January 9, 2006 10:16 AM