Ignored by England


I don’t think that women should wait until they get married to get good kitchen gadgets. That would be a drag. And so a couple of years ago for my birthday, all that I asked for was a set of sharp knives in a cutting block, and a really awesome blender.

Note: this was the same birthday that my then-boyfriend gave me an iron and a tube of wood glue. And no, I am not joking.

However, my parents came through, big time. My knives are truly sharp. My blender is truly awesome. And copper! Not your average Wal-Mart appliance – this is a serious grown-up-lady contraption.

Which is why I was upset when I discovered a crack in the base a few weeks back. Sarah and Grant “the man that I [used to] live with” came over for dinner, and our margaritas turned into a tequila-doused countertop and a sticky floor. In fact, I continue to find sticky spots that I missed in the mop up.

A lazy person might toss the blender and get a new one. But not me. It is a sexy piece of machinery, worth more than I am currently willing to spend on a blender, and I should be able to get a new plastic base, right? Just go to the website, click Customer Service, send them an email and…

They only serve the UK.

[exasperated groan]

They don’t even recognize my model number. To the Brits, I do not exist, and neither does my blender. I emailed them back to ask if they have an American counterpart, and they said no. The Russell Hobbs RHCBL3 is an anomaly. It’s a mystery.

And a crying shame.



  1. [not the] Best Blog Ever on July 9, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Guess you now know this year’s birthday request, eh??

  2. Isaiah Kallman on July 9, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Maybe your model doesn’t exist. Maybe it’s just a really cool American bootleg. Bootlegged blenders…

  3. wrecklessgirl on July 9, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    do NOT give up! fight! fight! fight!

  4. marijkejane on July 9, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    I can’t believe you would talk that way about English blenders.


  5. marijkejane on July 9, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Also, you and people who read your blog must love shoes – because “Annie Karaoke” most often pops up at the link. (It’s for shoes.) Today I saw a black pair I would never buy.

    And just now I forgot how to spell pair and tried it these ways before settling on pair:


  6. Laura on July 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    This happened to me a couple years ago, but I guess I own an American blender so I was able to find a replacement. Sorry you can’t get a new one, because they’re only a few bucks! Poo!

  7. bec on July 9, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    those buggers. bloody rubbish.

  8. Tad on July 9, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    I guess it’s epoxy-fix time.

  9. Deborah Barnett on July 9, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    hmmm… now you might be re-thinking the wood glue gift, huh? ;o) I want good knives. Mine suck.

    Or you can always have Rebs send you a new one when she gets to London in the Fall.

    Loved hanging with you this past weekend.

  10. rachel rianne on July 9, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    if i could, i’d dump their tea in the bay all over again.

    maybe you should help me, because i’d need a white person on my side to really make a difference.

    so i’m leaving for seattle this friday. your sister hasn’t told me what her plans are, so i don’t know where i’m staying yet, but i got your phone number from becca and i might be calling you to ask you some questions about the city. as long as you aren’t too busy, miss annie. hopefully we’ll talk soon.

  11. Anonymous on July 9, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    I have a friend who lives over there – would she be of any help? (Notice my insensitivity to the fact that I am offering up her services without her even knowing… but I am sure she wouldn’t mind *smile*)

  12. Anonymous on July 10, 2008 at 7:10 AM

    I’m intrigued by the epoxy idea….
    Your grandpa could fix anything with epoxy. Roger E. repaired his own dental bridge. It’s at least good for a try. Plus, I already have another idea in mind for a birthday present for you – not a blender.

  13. THE PARSONS on July 10, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    haha – I remember the reaction to those AMAZINGLY ROMANTIC birthday gifts…. ;)
    sorry about the random spots of stickiness. I doubt there’s anyone that hates that more than you!

  14. Case and Los on July 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Weird. So I read this blog yesterday, but wasn’t going to comment on it, but then you showed up in my dreams last night, and in THERE I told you it’s too bad you didn’t tell me about your issue because I was in London this weekend and could’ve helped you maybe. So I’m still of no help, but at least you know you’re in my dreams:)

  15. Rebecca on July 10, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Debs is right! I could get one for you – and then send it home with her! :)

  16. Anonymous on July 10, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    I appreciate your encouragement for young, single women to still get cool kitchen appliances… I’m in that place in life and often find myself wanting to wait to get things until my wedding (which is definitely NOT in the near future… usually dating somebody is a good step first). I don’t even own a blender because I have to have SOMEthing to register for, right?! Maybe I’ll go get one this weekend! Love your blog!

    *Um- you don’t know me- but I’ll still sign my name as if you did*

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