Sunday, July 31, 2005


My adding machine has finally broken. It is at least 10 years old, probably longer. It was the adding machine we used at McDonald's, and I named it Phoenix. Because I must have rescued it from coffee spillin's a half dozen times. See, while counting the money and cipherin' on the balance sheet, the adding machine was a natural place to keep my coffee- right there on the flat area next to the little printer. Of course, the coffee would routinely spill all over goddamn everything, and gum up the keys. And so I had to figure out how to open the thing up and clean it out. Please note, I was not the only one to spill things into it, I was just the one who knew how to fix it. I came into possession of it when someone spilled something in it when I was off, and it got replaced before I returned. It had not yet been thrown away, so I took it.

And now the motor has burnt out, and I need to replace it. It is a Casio DL-270a, and browsing the Casio site for a replacement, I cannot see the difference between it's obvious successor, and a cheaper model. You might ask why I want a full size replacement, simply to do my taxes once a year. To keep up on the 10-key skills, of course. And nobody has created an adding machine applet for the computer that meets with my approval.


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