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Teakettles are so 20th century?

I'm amazed at the things that go out of style. Fashion, hairstyles, books, movies - that all makes sense. But whistling teakettles?

OK, I know I can be oblivious. I guess everyone is microwaving water for tea these days. But tea made with microwaved water just doesn't taste right.

My old teakettle sprang a leak so I went to buy another one - none to be had, at least not for a decent price. I could buy a designer one for $40 and up, but a plain old ordinary teakettle... I guess they're so 20th century....

I was able to find one in a local pharmacy (for $10.00). It works just fine and now I can enjoy tea and hot chocolate the way I like them best.

(I also did not realize that hanging lamps are out of style, until the one located near the sofa and the loveseat died. There's no room in that area for a standing or table lamp, so I thought I'd just go out and replace it. Wrong! I got it fixed instead. Now, I knew furniture goes through style changes too, but it didn't occur to me a particular "type" would go out of style.)

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I got my last WT from my mom for xmas and she spent a good 50 bucks on it. Needless to say, I take good care of it! And you're so right about water from the microwave. I don't get it, but it ruins tea.

Hanging lamps - hum .... lol
LOL, well, that lamp lights up a dark corner, and it has zero "footprint". Eminently practical. :-)
Same problem with a pastry cutter (it's apparently called a pastry blender as well -- five or six half-circle tines that cut the shortening or butter into small bits with the flour). My old one died. The local grocery stores didn't have it among the pans and whisks and meat thermometers and so on. Sears and various kitchen-supply places didn't have it. I declined to go to the pricey restaurant-equipment store where it probably *would* have cost $40. I found one on Amazon for around $7, but I'm still wondering if there's some pastry-making machine (like bread machines) that has taken over the function, no doubt for $400 or so.

I suspect a large portion of the kettle market has gone to coffee machines, and of course those can make hot water for tea simply by emptying or removing the coffee-grounds basket. Still, a kettle is more versatile.
>>>I found one on Amazon for around $7, but I'm still wondering if there's some pastry-making machine (like bread machines) that has taken over the function, no doubt for $400 or so.

That would be my guess, as they never lose an opportunity to make more money...

>>>I suspect a large portion of the kettle market has gone to coffee machines

Yes, in every place I asked I was directed to the coffee machines.

>>>of course those can make hot water for tea simply by emptying or removing the coffee-grounds basket.

The way I like tea best is bringing the water to a full boil and then putting a couple of teabags into a teapot and pouring in the hot water, let them stew, and then put milk into the final product. I don't think coffee water gets that hot.
Scary how many things are so 20th century: newspapers in actual paper form instead of on-line, magazines, gas under a dollar, 5-cent stamps, manicure kits (you have to buy each item separately now), free TV (radio heading that way), shoe repair/cobblers...whew! :)
I love newspapers; I'm probably one of the few left. :-( That sucks about manicure kits; I hadn't known that. Yeah, here comes $atellite radio. And I discovered two local shoe repair places had gone out of business when I went to take some purses in to have the straps repaired.

Ah, well. I don't want to sound like my mother or anything. But some things just shouldn't go out of style. :-)

Ah, well. I don't want to sound like my mother or anything. But some things just shouldn't go out of style. :-)


*giggles*

We all sound like our mothers eventually! :)
I don't think anyone I know still uses a whistling teakettle but neither do I know anyone who uses the microwave to prepare tea. The heresy! ;-) Most everyone uses an electric kettle that switches off automatically when the water boils and is also supposed to use less energy. Maybe the whistling thing is something you either love or hate... personally, the noise makes me very aggressive, especially in the early morning, so I'm glad that the electric kettles don't whistle.
I would have been happy with an electric kettle, but those also started at $40, and after a year of un- and underemployment (I was laid off from my job in 2007 when the old owner sold the business to a new person. I worked temp for awhile and finally was fortunate and found a new position) I have to be very careful with money. So I was definitely looking for a cheap teakettle.)
Oh, wow, then they're certainly more expensive where you live.

And belated good wishes for your new position. I hope you'll be able to stay there for a long, long time. :-)
I have an electric teapot that plugs in and also a very small (2 cup) kettle. I agree that micro-water tastes different.