Saturday, October 31, 2009

a year and a half later

So it's been almost a year and a half since I posted this and this. I've had a garbage disposal in my kitchen sink for that entire time, and I use it, I do, but I am still highly suspicious of it.

For a while, I thought this suspicion was something to work on and get rid of, but upon further reflection, I realized that I think I will always be suspicious of garbage disposals, the same way I would be suspicious if they started building wood chippers, chainsaws, or rabid pit bulls into sinks.

Yes, it might be a quick way to get rid of food waste, but that doesn't mean that I won't get a little nervous each time I turn it on and it devours food scraps while making that hideous noise, or worry that it will mysteriously activate and eat my hand when I have to reach into the blackness and gingerly fish around for a rogue spoon that has disappeared into its maw.


Patri Friedman said...

I'm with you. I'm so paranoid about safety, I mean, I unplug the coffee grinder whenever I am not using it...before I take the cover off and get out the coffee. The garbage disposal is like a coffee grinder I can't unplug - ah!!!!

Angela said...

@Patri -- even worse, you can't even *see* what you're reaching into!

wuisme said...

I'm with you on this. I don't ever reach into the garbage disposal if there's another person in the room -- just in case that person decides to turn on a light and hits the wrong switch.