The tandem Mobility Scooter and the Cordless Vacuum cleaner

Mum in Holland with a Hoover electric vacuum cleaner. (not cordless)

Mum in Holland with a Hoover electric vacuum cleaner. (not cordless)

Sorry  talking about the weather. But, after last week’s balmy summer days it has turned winter again. I had packed away the flannel summer pyjamas only to suffer a cold sleep last night. ( three toilet visits) It was 3C this morning at 6 o’clock. I should have closed the windows.

I spoke yesterday with a man riding his mobility scooter near the Bradman Cricket oval. It looked brand new. I asked him, and he confirmed it was only three months old. He obviously took pride in it. He also told that the range of the battery (lithium) allowed him three trips up and down to the shopping- centre arcade. ‘Nine kilometres in total,’ he added proudly. ‘It gives me mobility and independence which I would not have otherwise.’ ‘My wife has one too.’

This made me think if there are any of those scooters in tandem for two people to use. He did not think there were. I am sure there would be a market for them. You could have one person sitting behind the other or, even cosier, next to each other. That would of course mean the tandem mobility scooter not able to go through normal doorways. I am sure that there are couples who both need mobility, and independence, when walking or driving becomes impossible. Hence my idea of tandem Mobility Scooters. The same could be said about those Zimmer frames and rollators. Why can’t they make them for dual use? It would be a rather touching sight to see elderly happy couples going about their ways sharing them in an intimate fashion.

I must also share with you the joy of having bought a cordless vacuum cleaner. With our rough coated Jack Russell, there are hairs everywhere. He sheds his own weight in hair almost daily. It is embarrassing. If visitors are expected, I am forced to vacuum. I am generally not shy of domesticity and enjoy very much shopping and cooking. Vacuuming is not on my list of pastimes that enhances or gives satisfaction. The noise of it and the tethered cord of the machine irritates. We have a Danish made one and it does a good job, but it still gets hooked at corners and bangs around the book shelves. I show the JRT ‘Milo’ the bulging dust bag but he turns away. He needs a shrink, really. What arrogance. Helvi doesn’t vacuum. She reckons the vacuum cleaner is too complicated. All that ‘on and off’ button pushing must be so challenging.

My brother said: ‘why don’t you get a cordless one?’ It hit me like a bolt from the sky. ‘Are there any that really work,’ I asked enthusiastically. ‘Of course, we have had one for years,’ he said. We got very excited and next day went to Godfrey’s Emporium for vacuum retailers. They are a Mecca for vacuum cleaners and always give good deals. I have often looked in their windows and noticed a huge change in vacuum cleaners. The more expensive ones seem to mimic a kind of rocket with all sorts of fuel chambers on the side. It would not surprise me if they double as an anti domestic violence weapon or mobility escape device.

The salesman showed us a much cheaper demonstration model, slightly used but with two year warranty. It looked nice, was bag-free and came with attachments for cleaning corners and around window ledges. It has a belt driven brush. The Danish corded vacuum cleaner has a brush at its foot but it doesn’t rotate. When the salesman noticed a bit of wavering he stated; ‘it comes with lithium battery.’ This was the card that the salesman played at the very end. He knows his customers.

The word ‘lithium’ has transformed the battery world. Everyone talks about their gadgets having ‘lithium.’ Our Vacuum cordless is the Hoover and its name is ‘Freedom.’ ‘How’s your lithium going today?’ Often overheard at street corners.

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18 Responses to “The tandem Mobility Scooter and the Cordless Vacuum cleaner”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    Oh, the wonderful freedom of a cordless vacuum cleaner. What could be better than that, eh? They’re great for keeping the family car nice and clean inside, as a bonus.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      One of the luxuries we enjoy is getting the car cleaned. Every four months or so we drive to a shopping centre where they have car cleaning facility. Often they are people of Indian or Arabic backgrounds running the washing and cleaning business. It cost $ 40.- and they do a terrific job, both inside and out. One man wears a turban which gives him great dignity. Perhaps he is a Sikh! An extra bonus is painting black of the tires.

      Last time our car was washed by grandson for $ 20.- or so.

      Our latest acquisition of the cordless cleaner would do the job cleaning the dog hairs from the car admirably. But, we enjoy getting the car cleaned as we then combine it with having lunch at one of those Japanese Tosh’s cafes’.

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      • Yvonne Says:

        It must be wonderful to step into your sparkling car. I wish we had that service in Myrtleford. The Japanese lunch … I’ll pass, thank you. But, if you go to a Thai restaurant, count me in.

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  2. shoreacres Says:

    Do keep an eye on that battery — those lithium gems are known to explode. Samsung’s only the latest to have to cope. It would be a shame if your vac exploded, and all of that neatly contained Jack Russell hair was spewed out through the room. You’d have to vacuum again!

    I laughed at the thought of a tandem scooter. It brought to mind that song from the days of “bicycles built for two.” I haven’t thought about it in years: “Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do…” We’d probably need a new song. A “mobility scooter built for two” just doesn’t have that ring to it.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Samsung is not doing well, neither are MacDonald’s and Coca Cola. Sugar is getting hit everywhere and none too late.

      Our latest cordless is an upright so different from the small handheld which we use to vacuum small bits here and there. I am not sure why of late I write those domestic laden pieces. I hope I don’t bore. That would be unforgivable.
      It is a bit rankling that some people think that the Noble Prize for Literature should not have been given to Bob Dylan. We feel it a well earned prize for BD.

      As for the tandem mobility scooter (TMS), I can see ads in senior magazine, after a sad passing of one of the partners. “Lonely Christian gent with own TMS seeks someone to fill and share the empty space, both in my heart and on my scooter… etc.”


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      • shoreacres Says:

        Ah, well — then I’d rankle you a bit, as I happen to think Dylan is one of the best songwriters ever (maybe the best) and certainly deserves every accolade that’s come his way: but…. A Nobel for literature? I’ll not get worked up over it, but I don’t think his work qualifies as literature. On the other hand, I’ll grant you that much that does get defined as literature these days isn’t nearly the quality of Dylan’s work, so there you are.

        You, boring? Hardly. If any of us wrote only about Large and Significant topics, we’d hardly write at all. 🙂

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  3. gerard oosterman Says:

    Rankle as much as you like, Linda.

    The issue of the Noble Prize is raging here in Australia too. I think it was a brave move . You can’t accuse the committee of stuffiness anymore in their choice.

    We can debate it endlessly. Tell me, did the delights and enjoyment of BD”s ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ not please or delight as much as V. Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway?

    It is all so difficult.


    • jennypellett Says:

      I think it’s a well deserved prize. Surely it won’t be long before his lyrics are added to the syllabus to be unpicked just as the angry young war poets such as Owen and Sassoon are now. And I’d put John Lennon somewhere in the running, too.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        The debate will probably go on for a while yet. Poetry and prose overlap and people have different opinions. Our own Noble prize winning Australian, Patrick White totally ignored it. But, he was known for being a cranky man.

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  4. theborisencostory Says:

    Once again a brilliant article on the lithium cordless Hoover I found hilarious. Bit of a dig to “she who must be obeyed” regarding on/off switch ! Why not tandem Hoovers.

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  5. rodhart (@roderick_hart) Says:

    Tandem mobility scooters? So who gets to sit on the rear seat pretending to pedal but letting the Gerard in front do all the work?

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  6. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Can’t believe the great to-do about Dylan, Gerard. What he has written lives on in millions of memories. As for tandem scooters, they would be great, as long as you liked each other. 🙂 And finally, vacuum cleaners. I got Peggy an i-Robot a couple of years ago and named it Robota. She has been happily running around cleaning our floors ever since. –Curt

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  7. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Personally I am glad you write anything Gerard, you always make my day. Anyway what is more interesting than someone else’s life? It seems we write in stages; a bit of ourselves, a bit of travel, a bit of nonsense, who knows what shows up on the paper when we begin each day?

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  8. chris hunter Says:

    About Dylan, Gerard, well I’ve seen him perform live twice, the second show at the Adelaide Tennis Centre was brilliant, we were quite close to the action and overhead, in the night sky, behind their powerful searchlight, hovered the authorities, just in case a ‘revolution’ broke out – Dylan inspires this sort of thing, blue-veined rednecks boiling their coils (Nixon), after all, the world was not meant to be free, their very business interests depended on this.

    There is good coin to be jingled re the paranoia industry, and all the subtle variations…

    If Dylan had the outer fringes of world culture (Australia) on edge then I take my hat off to him, that he could now probably buy and sell almost any redneck is part of life’s irony, but in the end, revolution, in whatever form; passive to a point (self-defence), intellectual, cool, articulate,is always the best way to go, and here Bob Dylan lead the charge, along with other spiky pacifists such as John Lennon etc…

    After two world wars in a row somebody had to speak out, phew,

    His words were, among other things, bullets aimed at the greedy pigs; injustice itself, these verbal projectiles stung the enemy yet correctly represented a counter culture that without which the world today would be even madder, madder than Trumpy or Frumpy, and Dylan may yet write about that too, in his abstract, poetic manner.

    Nobel Prize for Literature? Why not, anything to keep the inner-redneck at bay (smile).

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