Turn on any TV and there it is. You know what I’m talking about, all those little gadgets that are supposed to make our lives much easier then grandma’s life was. However, are these gadgets truly time savers or are they just another way for corporate America to bilk your hard earned dollar from your already too empty pockets? Read on to find out what Doc thinks are the top 5 biggest wasters of the modern consumer’s time, although they are advertised to be big time savers.
1. The Computer
Yes folks, the very thing I wrote this article on, the very thing that you are reading this article on, has to be the number one waster of American’s precious time. Don’t believe me? In the amount of time it takes me to write this article, reboot the computer 10 times because it crashed and then call the internet company because the internet crashed yet again, I could have hand written a hundred articles just like this one. I know this to be true because the original Doc always had one handwritten article, delivered to his editor, per day. I’m lucky if I can get in four a month with all the computer distractions. Add to this all the constant pop ups from advertisers, relatives, friends, clients and who knows all else and you have a recipe for time wasting disaster.
2. The Food Processor
By the time I finish chopping, dicing and maiming my fingers on these not so handy counter hogs I could have used my Pampered Chef hand chopper or my grandmother’s hand chopper, for that matter, to prepare hundreds of pounds of chopped veggies. However, chopping isn’t what wastes the time with these modern behemoths. It is the cleanup. Sure the manufacturer says they are dishwasher safe but all those moving parts inevitably come out of the washer with tons of little bits stuck to them. This means they now need a second washing by hand. My grandmother’s hand chopper takes up only a few inches of drawer space, rinses clean and doesn’t send my children and animals running for their lives when I turn it on.
3. The George Foreman Grill
These sounded great on TV but, when my friend gave me one as a gift, I found out otherwise. In the low end grill, like Docs, the grill plates cannot be removed and the unit itself cannot be stuck into a dishwasher or submersed into a dishpan. So how in God’s great name do you clean it then? You stand there for hours and hours, picking at all the little stuck on bits with a soapy dishrag. Then you rinse the rag, wipe the unit down, rinse the rag again, wipe the unit down…………….. Trust me, grab a fry pan and have dinner and clean up done months sooner then you could with your grill.
4. The Cell Phone
This one should be self explanatory. Now that you have this device glued to your head good old mom can jaw your ear off all day long, with no interruptions. If she calls and is able to track you down 10 times a day, like my mom, and talks a good 20 minutes per call you have just lost 200 minutes out of your busy schedule. Take my advice and flush the cell phone the next time you drop it into the toilet. You will thank me later.
5. Modern Day Cars
By the time you get done trying to figure out all the gadgets in your new car you could have been to the store and back a good 50 times or so in your good old 57 Chevy Bel Air. When we were given a brand new Subaru as a gift it took me months to figure everything out and even now I keep mixing up the wiper blades with the high beams and the blinkers. I’m truly surprised I haven’t gotten pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. If this isn’t bad enough try getting someone to fix your fancy modern car. Instead of a day or two to maneuver a few nozzles or what have you, it takes weeks to diagnose, through the computer, all the problems. Then it takes several more days to find someone who even knows what all those computer codes mean anyhow. By the time you get your car back from the shop you could be facing retirement.