We have a nice light-weight vacuum that is perfect for every day use. Although it mostly gets used only every week. Well, most weeks at least. But today I needed to vacuum up a mess. So, what do I do? I get out the 1970's Automatic Control Electrolux. This thing is bigger than most dogs. It looks like something out of a bad science fiction movie from the 70's: a long thick tube with a tentacle that sucks the life out of anything within four feet. Which it does, by the way. Hold on to any treasure that is smaller than a tennis ball or it will be gone. Which, is why I need it today. My nice 2006 vacuum just won't get the job done.
So, as I'm lugging this thing up the stairs I think, "Why don't they make things like they used to?" And after I pause in shock that I have thought such a thing, I think, "I must be a grown up."