Why I Want A Wife

Nov 19th, 2007 | By | Category: House, Lesbian, Technology
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Judy Syfers originally published this article, “Why I Want A Wife,” in the Spring 1972 issue of Ms. magazine. Syfers presents a witty satirical view of a women’s traditional role as a servant to her husband in the article. The article was funny of course because Syfers is a woman. It’s not so funny any more, however. I, being a woman, could probably write my own version of the why I want a wife article for the new millennium, but it wouldn’t have anything to do with a woman’s “traditional role.” Do people still have those archaic beliefs? I don’t even want to go there.

Instead of getting a wife, which I just so happen to already have, I got a robot. Yep, a robot that vacuums the house when I’m not there. Not that I’m implying that a wife should vacuum because of course I’m not. But I’m all about anyone other than me having to do it, and I pick the robot.

I found the iRobot Roomba 4296 Remote Scheduler Robotic Vacuum on sale at Woot! this morning for $99. If you don’t know what Woot! is, you should hurry over and check it out.

Woot.com is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap.  They sell one item per day until it is sold out or until 11:59pm central time when it is replaced by the next day’s item. They offer a new item every single day.

The iRobot Roomba will clean all the flooring in my house and is small enough to go under tables, beds, and couches too. It works well on tile and carpeting, which we have both. No more wood floors for us after the move. The scheduling capability allows you to program your Roomba to clean at a preset time, up to 7 different times per week. And it comes with two  scheduling virtual walls that automatically turn on when you schedule your Roomba to clean. This can be used to block off a certain area of the house that you don’t want to clean. So I’m set for vacuuming. Now I just need something that washes dishes and cleans the bathroom.

Okay, I really don’t have a wife, nor do I really want one. What I have is a partner, and as the title entails, we share in all the chores of the house.  She may have done a little more vacuuming or Swiffering in our house than I have in the past, but I’ve certainly mowed more lawns than her. It’s a good balance. Now with our new iRobot Roomba there will one less chore to share.

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