a year ago, Tigg bought a new container from… well, should I tell
you it’s from Pampered Chef, or just keep that quiet? Anyway…
new container. She bought this container and was telling me how
great it was going to be for lemonade.
wasn’t happy when I made a face,
know, the skeptical husband face that told her I wasn’t nearly
as excited or as impressed as she expected me to be.
had a couple of one gallon containers already. One of them had
cracked (after about ten years of fairly constant use, including
being brought to several pre-concert tailgate parties). But those
fantastic containers that I liked were from Tupperware… so naturally
going to a different company was the thing to do.
that’s uncalled for sarcasm. Because in reality Tigg was looking
out for me. She knows I like lemonade, knew we needed a new container,
went looking for one, and bought one. If I was so set on getting
a replacement, then I should have moved my behind a bit faster
and bought one myself. Besides, some of the stuff from Pampered
Chef is outstanding and we have a few of the company’s items that
I can’t imagine being without. (But where would that be funny?
Instead, I make the skeptical husband face and offered up a bitter
attempt at a joke. Ha ha. Anyway…))
isn’t about Tupperware or Pampered Chef.
about multi-tasking… poorly. And this container tried to do too
much, and didn’t do any one thing well.
of the things Tigg liked about it was that this particular model
was a very exaggerated oval in design. It was tall… long… and
thin. So it could be slid into small openings in the refrigerator…
into places where a gallon of milk, a bottle of soda or a container
of orange juice simply wouldn’t sit right. She also liked that
it came with a handle in the top that attached to a stirrer thingy.
All-in-one design. It appeared to have a lot going for it. And
I had to admit… looking at it for a few minutes after my initial
reaction, it did appear that she had several good points.
of that changed once it was filled. Because the handle was located
at the very end of the container, it was impossible to use the
handle with one hand when it was full. Too heavy. Hurt your wrist
to try and move it with one hand. Actually… it almost broke your
wrist while offering a searing pain and you had to react quickly
so you wouldn’t drop it.
it was thin, which should have helped it fit into weird spaces.
Unfortunately, it was tall, so there was only one shelf it could
be placed on. All other options, from other shelves to the door,
were out. Plus, to help with the volume for content, the thin
was offset by long. That meant while it did fit into spaces in
one direction thanks to width, it also had problems being placed
in spaces due to length.
the stirrer thingy? It didn’t reach the bottom of the container
when the lid was in place, so it didn’t really stir that effectively.
You needed to shake it anyway. Also… tip the container to pour
and the handle for the stirrer would come flying up out of the
top, the stirrer thingy would then hit the lid, and the top came
flying off spilling lemonade all over the place. Nice in theory.
Poor in reality.
haven’t used that container since we finished the second batch
of lemonade it held.
can be useful… when it actually multi-tasks.
I’m intrigued by multi-task items. Alton Brown will tell you the
only single-task tool he wants in his kitchen is a fire extinguisher.
Interesting theory to utilize when considering equipment purchases.
I often find that when people set out to make something useful
with all sorts of bells and whistles, being designed to perform
multiple tasks more often than not means multiple headaches.
the coming months, Sony is going to try and get me… and millions
of others… to buy a PlayStation 3 gaming console. Sony wants us
each to spend about $500 or so on it. The
big selling point when asked about the amazingly high price?
It also plays the latest version of DVDs. Special Blu-ray technology
and such. Unfortunately, with two radically different approaches
being taken in the next generation of high definition home entertainment,
Blu-ray technology not only isn’t a given to last, but several
big name movie studios aren’t releasing their films in the format.
For today at least, so much for multi-tasking well.
like stereos where the radio and the cassette player both work.
enjoy the idea that my digital camera can take video clips… with
like items that can do more than one thing, especially when they
can do multiple things well.
and not that PlayStation 3 won’t offer good video games and quality
DVD viewing… if you don’t do at least one thing well, it doesn’t
really matter if you do five different things poorly.
sure over time Sony will make sure the product quality is raised,
with issues addressed. It would surprise me if gaming systems
don’t continue to offer options such as this in the future. But
it is worth at least thinking about a stirrer thingy hitting you
in the face while lemonade splashes throughout the kitchen when
considering extras in product design.
and improved is an interesting marketing slogan… new and fixed
is not quite as catchy.