Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Oh, No...Need Your Help

here we go...
playing devil's advocate...

because i'm too stubborn (and always right) to back down from things...

alright, i'm gonna propose a question to you, state some arguments, and i need for you the reader to make a fair assessment of the situation....do you think you can handle the task at hand?

so this is a response to some comments from my last blog "To My RoommateS, Plural", which was received pretty well from those that were targeted....all agreeing with my rationale EXCEPT on the case of the oven cooking, which we will call, "The Case of the Corndog"

now my argument as presented before was plain and simple...for what reasoning would someone go to the extreme of pre-heating an oven at 350 for twenty minutes (or longer depending on how long it takes between the timer going off and the food going in) and then cooking a single, sometimes two, corndogs for an additional twenty minutes...the total time of the oven being on ranging from 45-60 minutes....

the argument goes further into detail now....in my opinion, the cooking of such a small item in the oven is careless and completely absurd, and therefore any consequential resulting factors are also careless, absurd, and irresponsible..so i digress.....with the pre-heating and cooking of, say one corndog, you have a temperature change in the apartment...you have less item in the oven to absorb the heat, thus it dissipates into the kitchen and surrounding rooms, triggering the a/c to kick on, and making the power bill raise even more....

now the argument at hand here is, does the amount, size, quantity of people served matter....is in fact, a meal a meal....should one corndog not be allowed to be cooked in the oven when it is feeding one person, but one pizza for one person be allowed to be cooked in the oven....that i believe is a simple argument....with a pizza you are only given one option, oven...with a corndog you are given several options...hell, look at tv dinners, mini pizzas, bagel bites, potatoes, etc...they all give you a plethora of choices ranging from the microwave to a conventional oven....but a standard pizza can only go in the oven....believe me, if i could cook my pizza in the microwave i more than likely would...i cook everything else in there...

but also with a pizza, i more than likely am not just feeding myself..but in the event that the pizza is just for me, i guarantee i have slices leftover....and you know how i go about cooking those pieces when i want them later (if i don't want cold pizza), i put them into the microwave...why would i reheat them in the oven, that would just be absurd!

and then the other argument that gets thrown out, because just like a drowning gasps for one more breath of air this defeated argument just won't die...is the resentment for having lights on in the house...now here's the backstory...as the outside turns to darkness, i'll turn on the light above the stove - it's an open kitchen centrally located in the apartment, providing ample light from the entryway to all the way down the hall on the opposite end. in them morning, once the sun is shining on in the light gets turned off...is this not a common thing? i think in all the houses i have ever been in, stayed at, there has always been one light on in the house, typically the stove light, for whatever reason..

i beleive it to be a theft deterrent, acting as a sense of security as well....i mean, who wants to walk into their house with no lights on inside or on the front porch...it's an unsettling feeling as you enter because who knows what lingers in the darkness..anyone creeping inside has the advantage on you because they are well clad from the invicabling lack of light....also, if i were to wake up in the middle of the night and start to meander through my apartment, i don't want to walk into a wall, stub my toe, or trip over the guy stealing my tv....

now, here's the kicker...gary recently purchased an energy efficient light bulb to replace the original oven light, which is saving a lot of money, said so from the packaging...but, just to make sure i did some research on the cost of running an electric oven at 350 degrees for an hour versus running the 40watt energy efficient light bulb for twelve hours...the results aren't shocking...

the oven at 350 for one hour on average costs $.50 - and that light bulb for 12 hours, $.02 - i'd have to leave the lightbulb on for two entire weeks straight before it would meet the amount that the single corndog caused....and i didn't even add in the kicking on of the a/c or the time the oven was accidentally left on for over seven hours....but that would have never happened with the microwave....oh, how much does it cost to run a microwave, $.01 per five minutes....

so, tell me....what's right...now's the time viewers for you to make your decision, text "CORNDOG" to 3524..kidding, i'm not that advanced...leave your comments below....











"it's not a matter of money, it's a matter of ignorance and lack of consideration"

6 comments:

Mrs. Melch said...

I think a toaster-oven investment might solve your corndog-dilemma. Just a thought.

Jangus said...

Thank you Mrs Melch...the idea to get a toaster-oven was presented in the other blog but not in this one...thank you for your comments!

mynameishippo said...

so...I was at the bottom of your post, and I saw the advertisements. Here they are:

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1000's of Ziplock Bags

Firestone Official Site

Gary Clean Sofa <~ that makes me laugh...

NuWave® Oven Pro

Lights & Lamps For Home

The Light Bulb Store

Microwave Cooking

Oh the miracles of technology, just pulling keywords from your posts and giving you ads for them...

I especially enjoyed the sofa cleaner...how ironic that he was making out on a sofa...

Cynthia said...

Oh yes, those ads are clever!

It is a bit excessive to have the oven on for that amount of time for one or two corndogs. Especially now that it is getting hotter. Plus your oven sucks! I think a toaster oven is the solution. Once you start using that thing you will barely need your oven (except for when the women come over and cook real food.)

And as for the light, is there anyway you can find a bulb with a lower wattage? I know it is an energy efficient bulb, but in all honesty it does seem a little excessive for a night light.

When you live with people that were raised differently than you, it is all about making compromises to make the living situation the best it can be. Everyone has to do their equal share in adjusting and respecting the others. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree and sometimes you just have to bite your tongue. Maybe you guys need a "peer mediation" lol!

Jangus said...

Hippolover, awesome for making note of that

Cynthia...it's a night light sure...it's a 40 watts soft bulb, which gives off more of a natural glow than an actual emitting light...i was at your house, you had several night lights on throughout the place...the light above the oven is on in countless homes...it's one of those things that i thought was a standard, like putting the roll of toilet paper with flap facing on the outside...

excessive, not in the least bit...it's less bright(?) than the bulb that was in there before...it does it's job...less watts won't do a damn thing of difference...it's already only costing us $.02 as it is..i don't think there is going to be much leeway with that....

Cynthia said...

Ugh, it was just a suggestion! That's the last time I try and help!

Yes, there are many night lights throughout my house; one in the hall and one on the range hood. Both are equal to a light glow. The one in the kitchen here just barely cuts through the pitch black. The light in your kitchen is much much brighter than either of those. I was just suggesting he may have less of a problem with it, if it were not as bright.

And obviously it isn't as standard as the tp over the top... which isn't just a standard... that is an essential!