The combined obtuseness of KitchenAid and A&E Factory Service (with a tip of the hat to Western Appliance) has defeated me: rather than getting our broken garbage disposal replaced under warranty, we’ll just call a plumber to take it out and put in a pipe. In retrospect, I don’t know why we bought the garbage disposal in the first place: having one didn’t improve my life in any way, even when it was working…

On a more positive note, we have a new car now, and our experience with Toyota Sunnyvale was, in general, quite pleasant. I don’t know what their regular salesmen are like (though 5 years ago they were normal annoying car salesmen), but the internet sales person we dealt with was pleasant and straightforward.

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