Monday, June 13, 2011

Nine Inventions I Couldn't Live Without

OK, I'll clarify my statement: these are inventions that I probably could live without, but definitely wouldn't want to. So many wonderful things have been invented in the past hundred years, it's hard to think of what our ancestors did without them.

Electricity – Since our power went out while I was writing this, I decided it was pretty important. In fact, most people would say it is a basic necessity. My great-grandparents didn't have power in their homes until their later years, even with the TVA electrifying rural areas of Tennessee. Electricity made it possible for other important inventions that we now take for granted.

Air Conditioning – After high temperatures of over 90 for three weeks, I truly appreciate being comfortably cool in our home. It's especially sweet to come in from working outdoors and feel that first cold breeze across my face.

Cars – I've always been a car girl, from the time my daddy let me help him work on his old vehicles. I have a passion for six speed sports cars, preferably red, with a sun roof ..or a convertible top. But I'm not really picky if someone wanted to give me a Challenger, Corvette, Mustang or Camaro. In the meantime I'll be running around in Ruby, a nice functional Trailblazer.

Dishwasher – Another fabulous machine saves time in the kitchen, and saves my hands from looking ratty. My parents bought me a portable for a wedding gift, even though they didn't have one of their own. Just wish I had one in the travel trailer!

Computer – Happily, the home computer gave me the means to start a successful word processing and mailing business that I loved, and helped me excel at my tourism job. In retirement, the computer still keeps me in touch and lets me write these fun blog entries from home or on the road.

Contact Lenses – My vanity is showing here, but I just can't imagine being without my contacts. Losing those Coke bottle glasses changed my life.

Direct TV & DVR – I love this technology! DVR saves me from annoying, repetitive commercials, lets me schedule recording, watch when and where I want, and fast forward through the boring parts of a NASCAR race.

Crockpot – This little appliance makes it easier to get supper on the table and avoid fast food after a long day at work or out running errands. As long as you remember to plug the thing in.

Sewing Machine – Did you think I'd forget this one? While hand stitched quilts and vintage clothing are incredibly amazing, I feel fortunate to have a computerized embroidery machine, serger, and sewing machine to create my clothes and crafts.

Of course, there are thousands of other inventions that we use every day to make our lives easier and more convenient. I am thankful for all of them, and the clever people who created them. I have to stop somewhere or this blog will be way too long. But remember, not all inventions are great.

"Man is the inventor of stupidity." – Remy de Gourmont