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Why Fix It? Just Buy Another One

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In the last week my father and my father-in-law have both come to visit. In random, casual conversation both of them mentioned something about “having it fixed”. My father-in-law said he was having a television fixed, even though it was a small, relatively cheap television in his house of seven big screens. My daughter mentioned that her camera malfunctioned when see zoomed in on something and my father’s response was, “Is it something that you can go have fixed?”


In both instances I was caught off guard by their statements. They’re both “older” gentlemen from a long forgotten and much ignored era and it made me conscious of what a “throw away” society we’ve become. I know that somethings will always be “fixer” items, like cars and houses, perhaps major appliances, but for the most part we’ve become a world of replacement.


Cell phones, digital cameras, watches, and other similar items are so inexpensive these days that fixing them is quite often more expensive than buying a new one. I know there will always be high-end, high dollar items or items that aren’t replaceable that people would want to have fixed, (things of sentimental value), but more times than not the broken item is going straight to the trash.


This isn’t a ground breaking theory by any means and I’m sure that a lot of people are hip to this subject, but it wasn’t the fact that we throw away all of this stuff that really shocked me. What threw me for a loop was that my frame of mind isn’t to think of fixing something. I don’t even know of any “repair shops” in my neighborhood. When something I own breaks, the first thought I have is, “Time to buy a new one.”


What’s more scary is that this kind of mindset contaminates all of our thinking patterns. Girlfriend won’t do as I ask? Get a new one. Husband is annoying? Get a new one. Child is retarded? Send it to live with its mother.


Having a “throw away” attitude makes us lazy. We become quitters. There’s no reason to see value in something if it’s replaceable. There’s no reason to take care of anything if it isn’t special and it can’t be special if it’s fleeting.


Take this blog for instance. Once it gets all preachy and whiney it’s time to find a funny one!


Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

Written by Ramblin' Rooster

June 7, 2009 at 4:43 am

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  1. You’ve hit the nail on the head again! I remember the Zenith my mom had; that sucker lasted like 25 years. My grandmother had this ancient refrigerator and stove from the 50’s, I shit you not at all! Then they started making stuff faster and cheaper. Once that shift in consciousness started there was no going back. Next thing you know the divorce rate is at 50% and people keep a job for like 2 months!
    Damn, I sound like an old man bitching about those kids, with their damn hair, and their damn music!!
    -On a side note, I thought of an idea you may or may not like. Roosters’ Riddles, you could have a bi-weekly riddle for your loyal fans to solve. An interactive blog day! Don’t know why; I just thought it might be something you would like the sound of!!

    Scott Oglesby

    June 7, 2009 at 11:24 am

    • Scott Oglesby, you might seem like an old man complaining, but it’s only because it’s a sad reality. They don’t make ’em like they use to and no one cares. As for your idea, I have to admit I’m not into riddles, (mainly ’cause I’m not that smart) but for some reason I do like your idea. I will give it a try here in a few days. Thanks for thinking of me!

      Ramblin' Rooster

      June 8, 2009 at 4:08 am

  2. “Child is retarded? Send it to live with its mother.”

    Holy shit! Now I’ve got to clean Mountain Dew off my monitor. (Excuse me, MTN Dew.)Excellent post.

    The only thing worth fixing now is any creature unwilling to stop having babies: dogs, cats, octomom…

    • Capitalist Lion Tamer, I love advocates of population zero. You’ll be happy to know that I stopped having babies a millennia ago.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      June 8, 2009 at 4:16 am

  3. I didn’t even know there were still places out there that fixed tv’s.

    The people who live across from me put a nice fridge outside because the ice maker spit the ice out too hard. I took the fridge and bought a new valve. $15 and it works like new.

    Too bad I can’t just buy a valve for that oldest son of mine.

    Claire Collins

    June 8, 2009 at 3:58 am

    • Claire Collins, I’m glad you’re doing your part to “fix” this world. As for the eldest son, have you tried an inhibitor collar?

      Ramblin' Rooster

      June 8, 2009 at 4:19 am

  4. That’s a good idea. Now I just have to convince him to bark.

    Claire Collins

    June 8, 2009 at 5:21 am

    • Claire Collins, perhaps place a brownie in front of him, that should get a bark.

      Ramblin' Rooster

      June 9, 2009 at 3:07 am

      • Would you bark for a brownie? Hmm, I guess it would make more sense if you crowed for a brownie?

        Claire Collins

        June 9, 2009 at 3:30 am

        • Claire Collins, it would depend on the brownie. I don’t know enough about the boy to know what’d het him to bark. There has to be something he’s into.

          Ramblin' Rooster

          June 9, 2009 at 3:34 am

          • Girls

            Claire Collins

            June 9, 2009 at 4:05 am

            • Claire Collins, perhaps at the next intervention you could ask one of the strippers if they could “help you out” with something.

              Ramblin' Rooster

              June 9, 2009 at 4:23 am

              • I have to admit that my first thought was “No, I don’t need lessons, I could probably teach them a thing or two.”

                Then, I realized we were talking about my son barking. Which is strange in itself since an inhibitor collar would make him stop barking.

                I’m not giving him brownies or girls until he gets a job. That was sneaky though, You’re trying to help the kid out arent you?

                Claire Collins

                June 9, 2009 at 4:40 am

                • Claire Collins, I’ll have to read the contract to see if your son still has to pay me even though you “got wise”. I’d guess he’d still have to. Could you pass along the bill to him for me? Thankssssssssssss

                  Ramblin' Rooster

                  June 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

                  • I’d love to RR, but was it wise to get into a contract with a kid who doesn’t have a job? He doesn’t own anything to collect on. Now what?

                    Claire Collins

                    June 10, 2009 at 2:03 am

                    • Claire Collins, I’m afraid I’m going to need the keys to that ’95 Thunderbird…

                      Ramblin' Rooster

                      June 10, 2009 at 3:30 am

                    • Nope. Its mine and I didn’t sign the contract

                      Claire Collins

                      June 10, 2009 at 4:16 am

                    • Claire Collins, but as the legal guardian you assume all of your minor child’s debt. I know, I asked a lawyer. Keys please.

                      Ramblin' Rooster

                      June 10, 2009 at 4:33 am

                    • He’s an adult. You gotta get your cars somewhere else. But, I’ll take you for a ride if you want

                      Claire Collins

                      June 10, 2009 at 4:50 am

                    • Claire Collins, compromise and settlement, hmmm…. OK, I’ll take it.

                      Ramblin' Rooster

                      June 10, 2009 at 5:03 am

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