Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I, Robot

Liz does chores while blogging:

I bought a Roomba. Now I can't stop mutilating the Oompa Loompa song from Willie Wonka: Roomba, roomba, roomidy roo I've got some more vac-u-ming for you.

It sometimes sucks to be trapped inside this head.

So, I now own a robot. This makes me feel good, as I am often toward the end of technology trends. I didn't get my own computer until 2004. I was one of the last people I know that bought a cell phone and mine is plain; no fancy-smancy blackberry for Liz. I don't even have an I-Pod. I think it's in my genes. My family didn't get a microwave or a VCR until I was way old. I was embarrassed that we had to eat hot, fresh food and watch whatever was on TV or, gasp, read. Maybe this is why I couldn't wait to get my driver's license and start drinking.

My new friend Willie does my vacuuming for me. This little dude darts around the house, running into walls and furniture, sucking up cat hair and dust bunnies, getting in those hard to reach places. I like it!

I do have some issues with Mr. Willie. First of all, he has a hard time keeping his batteries charged, so Willie doesn't last long. This is always disappointing. Secondly, he moves about sporadically, where it seems to me that he should find a spot and move in rhythm around that spot, not just dart around blindly like he's never done it before. He's been living here since Friday and we've done this everyday. You would think Willie would learn!

All of a sudden I feel very dirty.

Like I need to go vacuum.


Killer said...

Maybe your robot is just stupid.
You are going to find it outside trying to vacuum the grass.

Mel Francis said...

Your robot belongs on the short bus with Mrs. Odom driving...

mist1 said...

I have the same problem with my little Willy. I keep plenty of batteries next to my bed.

Jester said...

I want one of those things, but I'm afraid it will scare the ever-loving-shit out of the cats and dogs.

Fishdog said...

as if the mrs needed another reason to replace the vacuum cleaner... our dog already barks at balloons, i can only imagine the din...

bring on the tard carpet bots!

Liz said...


Thank you for caring about your animals. Roomba will scare your pets, but in that good, sort of funny way. It's not as loud as a regular vacuum but the cats wanted to know exactly WHAT this thing was that kept moving aimlessly through the house! The down side, Roomba has to run for a long time. It's not like manual, old-fashioned vacuuming which could be over in 15 minutes.

I don't run it when I'm not home. If the cats want to go outside while Willie's vacuuming, I let them.

But then again, my cats are the boss of me.


Quit calling my robot retarded!!!!! He's just special!

Cover Your Mouth said...

"it seems to me that he should find a spot and move in rhythm around that spot"

Yeah, we're not talking about vacuums anymore are we?