Major Appliance Peril


storage facility.JPG“It’s making that loud squealing noise again.”

That’s what my wife greeted me with when I got home from work a few days ago. Our clothes dryer had finally died—the “squeaking noise” was its last gasp—and she had already located a good deal on a washer and dryer on Craigslist for a price that even we could afford. Bing-bang-boom. Now all we had to do is get those beasts in their proper places.

I met the seller at the storage facility where the appliances were being held. I walked into the dark room first, with the guy standing in the doorway behind me. That’s when it happened—at least in my mind. The thought that popped unbidden into my head was, What if this guy slams the door down and puts a gun in my face?

What on earth made me think such a thing? Why? This fellow was really friendly and was even offering to help me lug the stuff upstairs in my home. Door-to-door service and then some. But you wanna know what I was thinking? I’m not bringing a guy home with me who I don’t know. I don’t want him to know where I live!

So I declined his generous offer, and he held out his business card and told me that if we had any problems with either appliance to give him a call. As I was driving home, I wondered why or what made me think those things. Have I played too many violent video games? Should I call Quentin Tarantino to ask him how he sleeps at night? Is popular entertainment to blame for my negative outlook on others? This helpful soul in particular? Or am I just being sensible, guarding myself from the dangerous sorts who really are out there?

How about you? Do you sometimes wonder if your entertainment choices have painted a gloomier picture of life than is needful? Is it just me?

Who wrote this?

Graphic Designer for PLUGGEDIN.COM. Cutting his design teeth at Scripture Press/Cook Communications, Kevin brings years of ministry and freelance experience to Plugged In's visual presentation. He also analyzes video games for our reviews and contributes an occasional blog.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Kram59:

I can’t begin to tell you how much I relate to this. I grew up with a  “Leave it to Beaver” life style. The world now is a cesspool. It breaks my  heart. I am so freaked out about everything now. So distrustful. I happen to  live in a relatively safe state, but  with all the video games, news media, TV,  movies, (which I rarely attend) due to the immoral views, my life isn’t what I  want. Things are certainly not going to get better. I think the world is ruined.  Some might think my attitude is negative. But reality is here now. I simply  can’t  begin to fathom the way politics and the general public  think! I stand  amazed at the lack of any decency or moral code. Everything is muddled. I grew  up in the fifty’s and today isn’t even close to what I have memories of. Sad,  very sad. I am saved by the work of Jesus and that’s all that keeps me  going.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  thestarsatnight:

I've been having the same thoughts as a single woman looking for new houses - I'm in a new city, with new acquaintances.  What if this guy showing me the duplex/apt/home has more than business intentions?  I stopped watching Law and Order:SVU several years ago because it spooked me living alone. 

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  SEMPER FI:

stuff like what you feared of happening does happen quite often. my buddy back in iraq told me about how he once went to look at a car off craigslist and when he got the the car was a fake,he was beaten and robbed by 4 men but they were dumb enough to do it at one of their houses and were arrested the next day.....the lesson is be extra careful.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  NarniaFanGil:

I had the same feeling about a decade ago when the new "The Fugitive" was on television.  I enjoyed that show, and had empathy for the character of Dr. Richard Kimble.  My feelings changed back in 2001 when here in Colorado we had 7 real fugitives from Texas living in Woodland Park, not all that far away from Colorado Springs.  I realized at that time that the title of "fugitive" is not something to be taken lightly.  maybe I am paranoid, but it is also for that reason that I don't help hitchhikers.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  YetAnotherTeen:

Not so much entertainment, I'd blame the news, AKA "real life in examples of the extreme". Compared to hearing about how a guy your age was murdered in real life a week back and less than twenty miles from your home, seeing it in film is nothing that'll be scaring you.So while entertainment might help, it's not nearly realistic enough for most, I'd think.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Coram_Deo:

I've had an unfounded fear of being sniped out of a window.  I don't know if it has something to do with the violent movies I've seen or video games I've played.  I know it's stupid, but I have a powerful imagination that was rather problematic for me as a child.  I'm more careful about what I expose myself to.  I know that the Lord will keep me from "...the arrow [that] flieth by day..."-Psalm 91:5.