Remember the old days, when products were made to last? Neither do I. This
sad fact was brought home to me last weekend when I was forced to purchase yet another telephone to replace the ailing model
that it seemed Iíd just bought last year to replace the broken phone Iíd just bought
about a year before. These werenít cheap, throwaway phones. I donít mind spending a little extra for quality, no matter what
my wife says. They simply didn't last.
Anyway, this got me to thinking about the products that I own that have truly
met and exceeded my expectations. Iím still thinking, but to date the list is short: KitchenAid Mixer (the culinary equivalent
of a V8-powered go-kart), Swing-A-Way can opener #407 (a marvel of simplicity and function), and Swiss Army Knife (the, well,
Swiss Army Knife of knives).
Iím sure Iím missing some and Iíll try to post more as I think of them, but
Iím also interested in hearing from you. What products have you encountered that have truly stood the test of time and provided
service and value far exceeding your expectations? What do you find invaluable?