I’ve got this vacuum cleaner. I think it’s the same kind Aaron Burr used. It is held together by several pieces of dismantled clothes hanger and a lot of duct tape. It still works, in the sense that when I run it over the carpet it picks up stuff; the trouble is, it also spits out an amazing quantity of dust, which, of course, gets everywhere.
My housemates and I were talking about it, and how irritated we were by the dust. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to clean up all the dust, so, what are the priorities? For me, it’s glassware. I mean, going to get yourself a glass of something and finding a layer of dust in the glass is, well, yech. Another housemate pointed out that we could hardly see through the windows and ironically observed that he was getting kind of curious about what was going on outside the house. Still another said that the dust was so thick on the books, that he couldn’t tell what the titles were. And then, there are the problems with our computers overheating. So, given that you can’t clean everything, what do you clean?
Another housemate pointed out that, if we pooled our resources, we could easily afford a new vacuum cleaner; one that not only didn’t spit dust, but actually drew in dust and cleaned up the air while working.
We stared at him for a moment, then called him a racist and went back to our conversation.