On a recent Very Bad Day, my washing machine caught on fire. No, it really did.
I happened to be working from home, thank god, at the time. A smell like the vacuum cleaner makes when the belt gets tangled up and starts to burn began wafting through the air, and when I went exploring I noticed smoke pouring out from my utility room ("utility room" is my fond euphemism for the tiny closet door behind which my stackable unit resides).
Of course I was mid-load, washing towels used the night before in a bathroom toilet flood that required a very expensive plumber, which my dog unfortunately bit (the plumber, that is). No, really, I'm not kidding.
<earlier this same evening I had run out of gas on the freeway...which might provide a bit more insight into why this was definitely a Very Bad Day>
Anyway, I digress. My point to this story is not to merely elicit sympathy, though I am happy to accept any you might dish out; my point is rather to brag about the new unit I've found.
From Europe, this Asko front loader is extremely energy efficient, gets clothes cleaner than one would think possible, is able to fit a queen size comforter in the washer, and only requires about 2 tablespoons of detergent. And it only has a 24" footprint. In short, it's AMAZING. It gets delivered and installed this weekend. I can't wait.
So instead of sailing or globes, I bought my Dad some NY strips and hamburger. Sounds a little odd, I know, but he has watched his cholesterol for a long time and therefore doesn't eat much red meat (yet he has always missed it). When I came across grass-fed beef and learned that it is more akin to chicken in terms of saturated fat content, I thought he'd appreciate a little. Evidently he used to carry it in his restaurant years ago and might do so again. He's thinking about it.
Whole Foods carries a good selection of grass-fed, organic, free-range meat and poultry; Time magazine published a recent story called The Grass-Fed Revolution that talks about its resurgence.
Also, for any Michael Pollan The Omnivore's Dilemna readers, Whole Foods has published an open letter where they talk freely about their practices (Pollan wrote a book criticizing the food and grocery industries; Whole Foods agrees with much that he says but points out how they work hard to be different and corrects some misinformation).