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April 5, 2014

Theresa Timmons: Who knew washing dishes could be so complicated?

My husband Seth was recently allowed to shop, unsupervised, at Lowes Home Improvement store. We were in desperate need of a new dishwasher.

Since I happen to be the wife — and the primary user of all kitchen appliances associated with dirty dishes — it would just make sense that I would have a considerable amount of input as to what sort of dishwasher we would buy.

"What kind of dishwasher do you want?" Seth had asked.

For me that was a hard question. In my wee little brain, a dishwasher is a dishwasher. Its purpose in life is pretty simple.

Pack in as many dirty dishes as you possibly can. Dump in a bunch of dishwashing detergent. Try to force the door shut with your knee. Push the wash button. Let it blast the crud off the dishes for 90 minutes.

But I did have a little experience opening and closing the doors on the display models at various do-it-yourself stores. That's what you do in an appliance department.

Whether it is a refrigerator, a washing machine, a toaster oven or a dishwasher — you walk around and open all the doors, look inside at the shiny unmolested space, then shut the door.

So that is how I answered his question.

"I like dishwashers with heavy doors. I don't like wimpy doors," I said. I had conviction.

He took that information and went to Lowes. Without me.

When I got wind of what he was up to, I tried to call the customer service desk at Lowes and have him escorted out of the building. But apparently they will let anyone shop as long as they don't take things without paying for them.

He came home with a very nice stainless steel Bosch dishwasher.

"It has a heavy door," he said. "Plus it is a low decibel dishwasher. Like the quietest in the world."

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