Roomba Rules

Our friends Kevin and Rae Anne got us a Roomba for Christmas. Such a gift is way above and beyond the normal protocol for friendly gift-giving, but I think it speaks, frankly, to how incredible Jane and I truly are. Why our other “friends” haven’t received the memo is anyone’s guess. I suppose the gift could potentially be a reflection of how disgusted Kevin and Rae Anne are with our dirty floors when they visit. I like to think both reasons are plausible.

Either way, we now have a robot that does our bidding, so long as our bidding is confined to vacuuming the floor, confounding our dog, and terrorizing our daughter. You’d think it was the robot from The Day The Earth Stood Still from her reaction.


Given a choice of a traumatized daughter and not having to vacuum, well…let’s just say I haven’t vacuumed since Roomba showed up. Besides, she was scared of the old vacuum cleaner, too.

Roomba works as advertised. It cleans relatively well, and we are forced to generally keep the place picked up so it can do it’s thing. The only thing is, I can’t say it has increased our productivity around the house with all the extra time we are saving not vacuuming, because we mostly just stand around, sip mint julips, and watch the Roomba do it’s thing.

True human luxury!

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5 Responses to Roomba Rules

  1. I can’t keep up with your new pace of blogging!

    We got a Scooba for xmas — let’s just say our floors are way cleaner. I have been espousing robotics the way that dude in The Graduate espoused “Plastics”.

    But, the Scooba doesn’t quite do as much pre-cleaning vacuuming as one might like, so clearly a Roomba + Scooba would be true happiness.

  2. Jim says:

    I recommend hiring an Ethiopian housekeeper. It’s more thorough, and is less likely to result in your Robotic Servant gaining consciousness and vacuuming you straight into a fiery nuclear inferno.

  3. schmelly says:

    first the robots act like you are friends, then one night they’re going through your bank statments.

    I vote for the Ethiopian housekeeper, i hear they run about 48 cents a day.

  4. kelly says:

    DAMN! I can no longer hold off on getting one after such repeated endorsements.

  5. Sean says:

    A hidden bonus of Roomba is that there is a pretty active hacking/modding community for them, so if you check around online you can get some good tips. Ours broke awhile ago, but I was able to diagnose and fix it thanks to some responsive message board posters. I could also have sent it in and gotten it fixed, but where’s the fun in that?

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