“Anyone who can’t figure this out is an idiot!”

People will fight about anything–I am now 100% sure.

We were forced to buy a new Cuisinart food processor this week. (Our old one just celebrated its 20th birthday, give or take a half dozen years.)

We chop, slice and dice with a food processor regularly. Every week. Sometimes every day. It’s a necessary item in our garden production household facility.

I could not figure out how to attach the large feed tube cover to the work bowl. My heart started beating fast with anxiety. Calm down, Kathy, this is not the end of the world, I tried to soothe the nervous inner one. What if we had to send this back to Cuisinart? This is not a big deal, Kathy.

I tried to attach the feed tube to the work bowl like its 20 year old predecessor.

No dice. No basil pesto.

Finally Googled Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 Food Processors and found my way to an instructional video.

Here’s how you do it, the friendly lady explained.

I stared, frowning, at the new silver Cuisinart in our kitchen.

Nope, still wouldn’t connect. I jiggled, juggled, and almost broke the connecting gismo.

Please, heavenly processor! Please work! Shred my carrots! Slice those cukes! C’mon, the zucchini is a’waitin’!

The video didn’t address my concerns, but I decided to read the comments anyway.

Anyone who can’t figure this out is an idiot!” said a commenter.

OK, yep, I must be an idiot even though have been using a Cuisinart food processor since pre-blogging days and certainly knew how to snap the feed tube to the working bowl for almost two decades.

“Anyone who makes an angry comment like that is an idiot,” I snarled in return (in my head) and then promptly thought, “Let’s all calm down. Why do people get so angry? Why is everybody so angry in the world these days? Why am I so angry right now?”

Elaine, another commenter, replied:

well there must be alot of us idiots out there as l can’t figure it out either , what kind of help are you to agree its different and then say we are idiots ….. your comments are extremely rude ……

Whereas, Rude Man retorted: Yeah, I’m rude because I don’t sugarcoat the truth. And yes, there are a lot of idiots out there. Without ever reading the instructions, I figured out how to work the feed tubes on every food processor on display at my local Bed Bath and Beyond in just a few minutes, just by looking at them and saying to myself, “Self, what could that thing do if I pushed it/pulled it/lifted it/did-whatever-to-it?” It’s not exactly rocket science.

Seriously, dear blog readers? It comes to this? We are no longer polite to one another?

I breathed in and out very slowly and planned to wait until mechanically-oriented husband appeared in household and figured out this terrible food processor conundrum.

Except! Yay women’s lib! Yay, persistence! I stared at the most minute details of the video again and discovered–oh thank you, holy food processor gods–that the brand new feeding tubes attach to the working bowl in the back instead of the front.

It was one of the most lovely moments of the week. I was not an “idiot” after all. (Until the next mechanical challenge, that is, when I may have to agree that the mind just does not easily work this way.)

But seriously folks? We can even argue about food processors these days? What’s the world coming to? Who calls people idiots in public? Where’s the kindness? Let’s shred some carrots and talk about it, shall we?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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34 Responses to “Anyone who can’t figure this out is an idiot!”

  1. Larissa says:

    Poor scared creatures. Lately I keep thinking of that Pablo Neruda poem, “Keeping Quiet”…

    • Kathy says:

      Oh that is a most lovely poem, Larissa! I have never heard it before and am now wanting to share it on Facebook and with the world (even though keeping silent may be a better thing, hmmm…) I know when I was so angry when reading the commenter question it was because I was deep-inside worried and scared that I could not figure this thing out. I suspect you’re right that when we’re angry it’s covering up the scared creatures inside. xoxo

  2. Barb says:

    Take a deep breath and enjoy your shredded, chopped, and pulsed veggies! I feel that people who are bullies and belittlers are secretly insecure and hurting inside. I must say, I try not to give them too much leverage with my emotions. Nowadays there is just too much angst over nothing. I always hope that kindness will win….

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, have been totally enjoying those veggies in the food processor! But also wanted to write a humorous post about all of it, too. It amazed me that people would even fight about food processors, really? Too much angst about nothing. You’ve just called it. Hoping kindness–or humor–or something!–will prevail. Nice to see you here, my friend.

  3. dawnkinster says:

    Obviously Rude Man’s mom never taught him that if he can’t say something nice, say nothing at all. If he really wasn’t going to give good advice in the comments I don’t know why he thought it was appropriate to respond as he did. He’s an unhappy little man.

    • Kathy says:

      You are so right, Dawn. I was just saying to another friend that I thought people were just fighting about the virus and politics. But apparently anything–even food processors–are fair game. It’s a crazy chopping dicing shredding world out there! Where was Rude Man’s mom indeed?

  4. Carol says:

    I blame a lot of it on the anonymity of the internet. “I can say whatever I want however I want, whenever I want because you don’t really know me”. I won’t mention the chief role model who is expert at being rude. Well . . .

    • Kathy says:

      Good point about that anonymity. People can say what they want to say without having to reveal who they are. As for that chief rude role model–hey, I think I know who you’re referring to!

  5. dorannrule says:

    I am having the same trouble with WordPress. They have updated things. So I no longer know how to create a post. I feel DUMB and suspect I am being banished from posting because of my stupidity in cyberspace.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, Dor, I am feeling your pain. Have been struggling trying to figure out WordPress lately, too. And then Facebook went and changed. It’s like this technological/mechanical learning curve that is happening all at once. May we all figure it out. May we all realize we are not dumb–only on a learning curve. We’ll make it through.

  6. jeffstroud says:

    Oh My! The things that can set us off when we are not grounded and patient with ourselves or others…
    I am glad you got a new Cuisinart for yourself and all those veggies that need to made into wonderful meals…

    • Kathy says:

      Isn’t that true, Jeff? Sometimes if we can just remember to sit down for a few minutes, take some deep breaths, and ground we can start to relax and not get caught up in emotional angst. Yep, we are loving that new food processor now that we’ve figured out how it works. I know how much you love veggies, too!

  7. Stacy says:

    I have been asking myself the same thing lately, Kathy. I would say the anonymity of the internet encourages people to say things they otherwise would not. However, I have seen this rudeness in person. People have lost their civility. They don’t eat meals together as a family. And a host of other societal changes. It makes me sad.

    • Kathy says:

      You are probably right, Stacy, about the anonymity of the internet. But it does seem like we’ve lost something we once had an our society–a respectful way of dealing with others when we disagreed. But maybe we didn’t have it as much as we think. I don’t know… By the way, are you guys all OK down there after the hurricane? Did you have any damage from the tropical storm that came inland?

      • Stacy says:

        I do believe rude behavior was more frowned upon in yesteryear. A lack of civility has sprung up in our society. I could write a book on theories why.

        Well, my friend, we were spared the worst of Hurricane Laura, but there is massive devastation south of us. We had a few limbs and a fallen tree (not near the house). As I write, we still have no power and it’s HOT!! (Counting my blessings.)

        • Kathy says:

          Maybe you should write that book, Stacy! (After all, you’re on a roll…) 🙂

          Glad you were spared the worst and that you live inland. So sorry about the lack of power, though, even as I realize you are counting your blessings. xoxo

  8. Tilly says:

    I think some people are now just so unhappy with their lives, The more technology we get making life supposedly easier is striping us of human contact, (you only have to look at people with their faces stuck to their phones). People are forgetting that they are not the only people that count. So wrapped up in their own little digital worlds (where very little is real, all photo shop, fake tan and look at me and my wonder life), that they feel let down with the lives they lead and take it out on others. Some people seem to have forgotten how to simply lookup take in the real word and reconnect with people and situations up close and personnel as it were.

    Bright Blessings to you all

    and the fruit and veg look fab

    • Kathy says:

      Tilly, there does seem to be a lot of unhappy people these days. And it is discouraging to see so many people staring at their phones all the time. Sigh… Hoping that maybe we can figure out how to be more present and kind to one another. And thank you about the fruits and veggies. We are certainly in the thick of the harvest season. Made more pesto for freezing today, and green beans, and shredded zucchini. And a thick tomato sauce with onions, green pepper and zucchini.

  9. Joanne says:

    Oh yes, I knew years ago I had found a kindred spirit in you, Kathy, and now it’s confirmed – neither of us can work out new gadgets and gizmos! Give me the old gadget any day, the one I can operate blindfolded, or in my sleep. Please, I beg my gadgets, don’t ever leave me because I’ll have to make friends with a new gadget! And I smiled a big smile when you finally worked it out. 😀
    But really, no one needs to be rude about un-techie minded people!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh my goodness, Joanne–we are kindred spirits! (Besides, you have my mother’s name, as you may remember.) You are so right. When we know what we’re doing, we’re pros. It’s just the learning curve that can challenge us a bit. Well, more than a bit at times!

  10. It seems there are all kinds of intelligence and all kinds of brains. Too bad we can’t seem to figure out how to respect and honor those differences. And help each other instead of berating each other. We don’t call a fish an idiot because it can’t climb a tree! I still can’t figure out which button turns the vacuum on or off and which one rewinds the cord. They look the same to me and it’s always a wild guess…

  11. Donna Des-Jardin says:

    It gave a chuckle our brains are ahead of the words you never were an I–‘?? Your mind is fast

  12. Lori says:

    Oy! 🤦‍♀️ A cat owner blogger I follow went to a site on cats to discuss what others did with particular health issues for their cats. Same thing. People accusing people of not being able to take care of cats and shouldn’t have any. This is a total lack of introspection and self-awareness.

    I’m wondering if this is just online behavior though. Because, in my blog post last week, I talked about how kind people (like yourself) were sending my mom cheer-up cards, and how people were helping us with our boat docking at different stations along the river & lake, etc. Sometimes all it takes is one agitator, and it can stir other people up.

    I’ll say it again. Oy! 🤦‍♀️

    • Kathy says:

      Oy vey! 🙂 People argue about CATS too? How could this be? Cuisinarts and CATS? Is nothing sacred?

      I think the online world does tend to accelerate this kind of behavior. People tend to be kinder face-to-face. I am so glad your mom appreciated her cards and that you had a blast boating the other week. xoxo

  13. Your vegetables are lovely. Really shiny! Wish I could eat them. I am glad the new machine works now. As for the angry comments, people on the internet are a special breed, for bettee or worse.

    • Kathy says:

      The vegetables are delicious (and I do cut lots and lots of them with an old-fashioned knife). Our tomatoes are almost done–am stewing some now on the stove. Also just blanched some green beans. If it would stop raining would go out in the garden and harvest some more. And I like what you said–people on the internet are a special breed, for better or worse.

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