Yesterday, we had a sad occurrence. Our HP laser printer, which has served us for nearly twenty years, developed a mechanical problem loading the paper into the printer. Getting someone just to look at it will cost a wad of money and it’s likely that they can’t fix something this old anyway, so unless it miraculously heals itself, we will finally have to send the old gal to the great recycler in the sky. This printer has been with us longer than our marriage. In its later years, it developed a squeaking noise as it printed, but it still put out quality print at a rapid clip. We managed to keep finding the big dry ink cartridges for it that just slide right in and out. It was really good at printing envelopes and labels. It is the best machine I have ever owned. It has outlasted most of the computers and monitors we’ve had working with it, from the early dinosaurs with itsy tinsy harddrives that seemed so large back then to wireless laptops. It is a grand testiment to engineering in a time of floating garbage islands of throwaway plastics and electronics. I will miss the stupid thing.