Why I Can't Vacuum
It came to me this afternoon. I wanted to be a supportive husband. Saturday is Martha's designated day for house-cleaning. Beds are stripped, laundry is washed, bathrooms are scrubbed (not that they get that dirty with just two of us, but that's another matter). Furniture is dusted, windows get washed and the entire house gets vacuumed. Today I offered to do all the vacuuming. Martha agreed with the stipulation that I do it thoroughly. "Of course" I answered. And I went and got the vacuum cleaner (a 2 year old blue Miele model that cost a lot of money!!).
I set it up in the back bedroom plugged it in and took off. Each room I approached with a goal of speed and efficiency. Under the furniture or move it? change the head before the rugs, or just go straight on over them? Which way through a room is the most effficient use of the cord before re-locating it to another outlet?
I was amazing!! I flew from one room to another, out the hall, into the family room, nailing bathrooms along the way. I hit the dining room and living room using only two plugs (plug changing is to vacuuming what pits stops are to stock-cars).
Bang! I was done with the whole house in about 5 minutes. The problem was that Martha was not all that impressed with how fast I could drive the Miele. When I talked about my theory of cleaning to her, she had the audacity to say that cleaning had nothing to do with efficiency and speed??