One born every minute.

September 25, 2008


How is it that I can be a totally responsible cheapskate 99.9% of the time, yet in just seconds of weakness turn into a complete and utter sucker?  I can resist the shiny allure of infomercials by repeating to myself, “It’s not that good.  It’s not that good.  It’s just those fantastically positive spokespeople playing with my emotions.”  I’m strong.  I’m even stronger when I actually see those products – Mighty Putty, Magic Bullet, Hercules Hooks, the GTXpress – when I can actually touch their plastic-wrapped packages in the store (usually Shop-Ko), then the spell is broken and I pat myself on the back for resisting the urge to purchase that crap.  Then I walk past the people in the aisle staring at me for patting my own back and mumbling to myself.

But not this time.  I had to go to Lincoln to get some stuff for school, and while in Gordman’s I saw this.

It blows.

The Quick Cool!  I’ve seen this before!  A solar-powered fan that moves the hot air out of your car!! Look at the torrents of air that fan is moving!!!  It’s so windy it blew that car back to 1930 where it belongs!!  It is using the power of the sun to keep your car icy cool!!!

Yeah, no.  It is so, so bad.  The breeze is weaker than what a moth produces.  I knew it would be, but I couldn’t help it. Just cracking your windows would be much more effective.  I’ll be returning it as soon as possible.

(Or perhaps keeping it for the cool solar panel……?)

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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11 Responses to “One born every minute.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You shouldn’t return it. You should get another one. Then you can tie one to each shoulder, get out the roller blades, and rocket to and from work.


  2. Deanne Said on:

    I have to put in a good word for the Magic Bullet. I use mine every day. (almost)


  3. Curt Said on:

    I always wondered if that thing worked. Thanks for trying it out for us. Lauren, you should be on one of those “investigative” reporting segments they have on local news. You could try out all of these gadgets without having to pay for them. You could call your bit “Come on! Do they really work?” or maybe something else.


  4. Rae Said on:

    Warning: This has nothing to do whatsoever about your post. This is just the quickest way to get a question answered by Lloyd. I have sent class reunion pictures to dear ol’ Walter for St. Paul’s Alumni newsletter. I have everyone’s name except the additional lady who showed up later and is in the group picture from Biltz, in front of the banner, next to Gina. Can you provide some assistance? And let me just ask, how did I get schnookered into being the alumni liaison? (Oh, that’s right, I married Saint Sam and offered to send the pictures to Walter…silly me.)


  5. Peggy Said on:

    HA! …blew the car back to 1930 …

    When I first saw the picture, I was hoping it was some new super desk fan, yet compact … ’cause I’d pay alot of money for one of those!


  6. Peggy Said on:

    HA…weaker than what a moth produces …!!!!


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