Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Henry washes dishes


[Henry, May 23, 2017.]

In our household we still do dishes in this manner: by hand, standing in front of a curtained window. Aprons are optional. The space next to our sink that housed a dishwasher now has shelves holding pots and pans.

In a later panel in yesterday’s strip, Henry stops in front of an appliance store advertising a sale on “automatic dishwaters.” Boy, that’d make his life easier. Wikipedia: “By the 1970s dishwashers had become commonplace in domestic residences in North America and Western Europe.” The Henry world is moving toward the technology our household has abandoned.

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comments: 2

Diane Schirf said...

I don't have a curtained window, but I wash dishes by hand. I gather when the apartments in my building were renovated, they experimented with dishwashers, but the electrical system couldn't take it. I prefer washing by hand and still think of dishwashers as decadent. My brother and I were the official dish washer and dryer, respectively. I hated it then, but now I can appreciate it.

On another note, I didn't like electric typewriters because they too were decadent. Once word processors, which stored information, came out, I was good with them.

I still have the Royal Sabre typewriter my parents bought me while I was in high school at, as they reminded me, great sacrifice.

Michael Leddy said...

I could never get with electric typewriters, though I did use an electronic one for a while. I still have our family Olympia, which I sometimes lugged to class for show and tell when I taught William Carlos Williams. None of these typewriters did as well with dishes as washing by hand. :)