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Written by Lori Pankonin, The Imperial Republican   

Harriette welcomed for vacuum duty

My husband and I have rather reversed roles compared to most couples when it comes to shopping. I’d say he’s addicted. I once challenged him to go a month without ordering anything, and he just plain refused my challenge.

Besides clothes, he gets gadgets galore. I do have to admit they come in handy sometimes. In fact, I’ve become pretty good friends with Harriette, our robot vacuum cleaner. Yes, she deserves a name as she’s a welcomed companion and freshens up the floors while I accomplish other things ... or while I don’t accomplish other things.

Who knows what sparked the decision for Russ to purchase an iRobot Roomba when he so seldom considers household chores. I’m not sure how long it was in one of the extra bedrooms when I saw it in the box and wondered where it came from.

Eventually, he got it out and charged it. Without seeing any directions, I attempted to use it simply by pushing the clean button. The flat round contraption moves along until it bumps into something, then it turns around and continues to make paths across the floor until it has eventually covered the whole room. What a concept.

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Holyoke Enterprise October 23, 2014