Mistakes were made

New York City meets Munich

Can do

September 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Apartment Life, Gadgets

Old fashioned can opener.When it came time to pack up to move to Munich, we tried to get rid of everything we didn’t need, and anything worn out and ready to be replaced. No place was this more true than in the kitchen. It made no sense to move a worn out plastic spatula, a tired frying pan or a cruddy can opener.

This led to some confusion when unpacking, though. Trying to remember what we threw out or gave away and what we packed caused several incidents where we were sure we packed something, but couldn’t lay our hands on it. Though in many cases this wasn’t a huge issue since Conny View definition in a new window’s parents had ensured, by either loans or gifts, that we had almost all of the necessities.

For instance we had a snazzy new can opener. On a day to day basis we don’t actually need to open a lot of canned goods. And those few times we do, like for feeding the dog, they had pull tops. The first can I needed to open was a can of lychees to make Conny a lychee martini. That’s when I discovered I had no idea how to use this new can opener.

It was the kind you just crank by hand, so how hard can it be? I struggled with it for a few minutes, before I finally discovered an approach where the can would spin around when I cranked. I went the whole way around the can, and the lid seemed unfazed.

Conny couldn’t figure out how to make it work either, and since she was busy finishing up dinner, she finally suggested I make another drink for her instead. I gave up and put the can back in the cabinet, defeated by a simple, mechanical can opener.

Two weeks must have passed before the next need to open a can. This time is was tuna fish. Since I wasn’t in a rush, I went to Google to figure out how this dang can opener worked. It took one search to find a YouTube video showing me exactly how to use it.

In short order, I had the can of tuna fish opened. Turns out we had one of these fancy safety can openers, that cuts under the rim instead of the lid. Works very well and no sharp edges, just like the man on TV says. The only trick is the lid sometimes needs a little help coming out and the opener has a little gizmo on the side like a pair of pliers to help.

I thought back to the can of lychees. On a hunch, I took the can out of the cabinet and gave the top a little push with my finger. I had actually used the opener correctly, and it was open all along.

I threw out those lychees and chalked it up as a cheap lesson.

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