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Sunday, May 14, 2006

New Toy

Aaron and I have been struggling with vacuums ever since we first got an apartment together in July 2002. We had a decent vacuum, but it clearly didn't do the job. We would have to make one or two passes around our 1100-square-foot apartment, and then Aaron would get down on his hands and knees and scrape up layers of cat fur and Filipino hair.

When we moved to DC, we didn't want to use up 50 pounds of our 450 pounds of airfreight on a vacuum that didn't really do the job. We packed it up (along with our Black & Decker Dustbuster, unfortunately), and we just figured we would pay for the maid service here. As it turns out, we would rather spend the money on other things.

We recently became fed up with the state of our carpet. Seven months is way too long of a time to not vacuum. Who knew that our tiny 600-square-foot apartment here would collect so much crap? I know, seven months is a long time. Our carpet was scary.

Aaron and I finally bought a Dyson Animal DC07. I have wanted a Dyson for a long time, but they were never really high on our list of necessary purchases until the layer of hair on our carpet was visibly apparent. I thought that the carpet was discolored because the spots were just in high-traffic areas, but no - it was because of hair.

This vacuum is truly incredible. I think I have only ever been this sold on a product a few times in my life - with my Mac mini and my first new car. It really does what it says, and it does it well. As an added bonus, it's silver and purple. I've never been more eager to clean in my whole life. I think we've vacuumed more times in the last two weeks than all the years in Houston we had an apartment together.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure. The first one is of the Dyson right out of the box; the second one is after one - yes, one - pass in our dining/living room (about 300 square feet, roughly half of our apartment). See how full it got? It's horrifying, but at least I no longer have to live in such squalor.

Dyson Animal DC07
Seven Months of Cat Fur and Filipino Hair


  • At 3:58 PM , Anonymous sister-in-law said...

    Dude, SEVEN MONTHS WITHOUT VACUUMING??? If we didn't vacuum for seven months, there would be a six inch pad of dog hair. It would be like walking in one of those blown up kid birthday party jumpy thingies. Thank God for cute purple and silver vacuums! :c) Have fun with Greg; I wish I could be there!

  • At 5:36 AM , Anonymous Martin said...

    Cute vacuum! Personally, I think it's been seven months since I've *seen* my carpet.

    P.S. Do you have your atom feed turned on? It would make it so much easier to read. (http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=698&query=atom&topic=0&type=f)


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