dirt devil vacuum voluntary recall

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In today’s mail was a letter from Dirt Devil (Royal Appliance Mfg. Co.) about a voluntary recall on certain models of the Dirt Devil Total Pet Cyclonic Upright Vacuum.

Why the recall? Well their plugs have apparently been coming off in electrical sockets. I got the letter because I had (for once) registered an appliance when I bought it almost a year ago.  Nice little vacuum, easy to manage, lightweight to store.  I got tired of heaving vacuums up and down stairs, so this was my upstairs vacuum.

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So, if you have an affected model but have NOT registered the unit, call Dirt Devil Customer Service. 1-800-373-6290.  They couldn’t be nicer. They will walk you through the process and open a case for you and tell you how to return NOT the entire unit but a certain section of cord and the other info they need. They open a case for you and you will receive a replacement that is essentially the next vacuum up in this line of vacuums is what an e-mail I received just said. I will further note that my vacuum was a factory refurbish I had purchased from them at a discount and I am still going to get a new vacuum out of it.

Again -the defect is serious – the cord plug prongs have been detaching from the plug and essentially getting stuck in electrical outlets which is quite a hazard. Dirt Devil says they have had no instances of injury but are recalling before that occurs.

Anyway, I have not seen this being reported by consumer affairs reporters so I thought I would post about it.

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dear new york times, kindly leave my downton abbey alone

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I have loved every glorious second of Downton Abbey. For the past few years PBS has magically transported us to a different time to get lost in this series and their now defunct way of life. But all good things must come to an end, so this is the final season.

But along with the last season, come the critics more snarky than usual. And none of them are as obnoxious as author Louis Bayard of the New York Times.  It must be truly wonderful to be as superior as he thinks he is.

Mr. Bayard has been doing episode recaps for the New York Times. Except it is more like a hatchet job. Why dear Mr. Bayard, if I did not know better I would say you had a bad case of bitchy SOUR GRAPES. Maybe Mrs. Patmore can whip you up a digestif?

 

(READ HIS RECAPS HERE)

On Facebook the New York Times quips this morning:

“I couldn’t escape the feeling that tonight’s episode was devoted to bringing out the puppy in everyone,” our recapper writes of “Downton Abbey.” (Spoilers ahead.)

And then I read what Louis Bayard had written:

TELEVISION|Downton Abbey’ Season 6, Episode 7: Crash and Burn

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Season 6, Episode 7

This recap contains spoilers for Sunday’s episode of “Downton Abbey.”

Send in the puppies!

And that is all I am posting. It’s obnoxious.  As a matter of fact most of his scribbles on Downton Abbey are obnoxious. (And apparently, he also doesn’t think much of the works of Jane Austen, which I also enjoy.)

Last week it was  ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6, Episode 6: Does Lady Mary Have a Heart?

January 3rd he referred to “the dagger-mouth of Maggie Smith”

Ok wow. Dame Maggie Smith is one of the finest actresses alive and well who hasn’t loved how she has played the Dowager Countess these past few years? (Thanks to Maggie Smith and Julien Fellows we have some marvelous one liners to last us a few years.)

I guess the point I am trying to make is this: this show has been coming into our homes for the past few years and it has been a long time since we had something capture our imagination much like Upstairs Downstairs, The Duchess of Duke Street, Lillie, or the original Poldark (which has been reborn into a remake of the original series and it’s also terrific so Mr. Bayard will undoubtedly hate this series too.)

Television today is a lot of showing of body parts (usually female, and usually “enhanced”), guns, sometimes bad fashion, and darkness. A lot of darkness.  Downton Abbey instead these past few years has transported us to another place and time and gloriously so.

So why does the New York Times have to tear down every episode with obnoxious recaps masquerading as reviews?  Has it been such a trial watching a beautiful period drama? Would Mr. Bayard prefer endless seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor? Are mindless boobs (quite literally) more his speed?

With all the dreadful reality we deal with in our everyday lives in out everyday world  – you know like the terrifying array of potentially psychopathic US Presidential hopefuls (cue Ted Cruz), Downtown Abbey has been a pleasant respite. And why not?

But the New York Times? Wow. Are they that desperate to sell papers and online subscriptions that they can’t just enjoy Downton Abbey for what it is? They have to rip it to shreds weekly like proverbial blood sport? That is journalism? Is their some unwritten law where critics can’t like anything?  Or can’t review without a large dose of bitchy? That is really sad.

I will miss when there is no Downtown Abbey next season. Again, I have loved it from the setting, the age in which it is set, to the wardrobe. It has been so fun!

(And yes, spoiler alert I have seen the finale…I loved it.)

Carry on and happy Monday!

simply delicious

 Simple things are often the best dessert. Take juicy fresh strawberries and a dipping sauce based with crème fraîche.

Take one 8 ounce container of crème fraîche and mix with 5 or 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt. To that add a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup (or honey)  to taste, a few dashes of cinnamon, two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of orange juice (or a liqueur like Drambuie) whisk together and chill well. Serve with whole strawberries.

Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

meanwhile in easttown township the battle of waterloo continues

Bernardon's concept of "Devon Yards". It makes Eastside Flats in Malvern look diminuative

Bernardon’s concept of “Devon Yards”. It makes Eastside Flats in Malvern look diminuative

The Battle of Waterloo continues….Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m at the Beaumont Elementary School located at 575 Beaumont Road, Devon, Pennsylvania 19333 to consider and possibly adopt the draft Devon Center Overlay Ordinance. Please view the Hearing Notice here.

To view the draft ordinance, please click here.

The Township received a petition from Waterloo Devon, L.P., Urban Outfitters, Inc., and Anthropologie, Inc. to amend the Township’s Zoning Chapter 455 with an Overlay District for the former Waterloo Gardens property and select adjacent properties located on the south side of Lancaster Avenue at Devon Boulevard. These subject properties are collectively known as Devon Yard. To view application materials and an estimated timeline for the application, please click here.

Devon Yard Webpage

Did I just copy and paste from Easttown Township’s website? Yes I did. I am tired and have nothing much new to add here other than a reiteration that this is a GINORMOUS disaster waiting to happen.

Yes, Waterloo Gardens was going to get developed. Of course. Prize piece of land with a defunct business on it?  Oh come on, we all knew once the business tanked it was only a matter of time, right?

BUT why does what goes there look like it needs it’s own zip code and why does it have to be SO big, SO tall, SO urban, SO out of character?

One word : GREED (otherwise known as developer profit margins and municipal ratables except REMEMBER what the ratables WERE NOT in the end with Eastside Flats? )

That is my god given right to an opinion and I am sticking to it.

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Anyway, time to pack the house at Easttown again. Heck if I lived in Easttown and was facing this, I would suggest LAWN SIGNS that were simple and direct AND everywhere (Including where the developer and developer partners on this project live and wow wouldn’t THAT be a visual?)  Feel free to start sharing Say No To Devon Yards Photo with an appropriate hashtag like #NODevonYards on social media.

The battle for Waterloo continues….

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west whiteland alert: missing special needs juvenile

west whiteland 2I had posted this on this blog’s Facebook page earlier today but I just received what I am posting now from a reporter I know who was forwarded information by an FBI Public Affairs Specialist out of Philadelphia.  Since this kid has not been located that I know of, I Parkerthought I would do a proper blog post with the information I was given. Parker2

IMPORTANT Note: West Whiteland Police are leading the investigation, with the FBI supporting; please direct all media inquiries/tips to WWTPD at 610-692-5100.

This whole missing special needs person strikes a chord with me.  There are special needs facilities and group homes throughout Chester County.  Many of us have one of these places in our neighborhoods.  Sometimes I think the neighbors of these facilities care more about keeping an eye peeled for their special needs neighbors than the staff paid to do so 24/7. I hope this boy gets home safely, his parents must be frantic. He is only 14 years old. 14 can be such an emotional time for boys who aren’t special needs. Please call West Whiteland Police if you have seen him.

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