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Forward to the Past

Modern technology has made countless menial tasks in our lives so much less painful and has brought so much convenience into our day-to-day living. Who wants to boil bath water over an open fire when a 50-gallon tank sits full, steaming and waiting in the basement? Olive oil today serves more as a delightful comestible than for precarious illumination, since flipping a light switch is so much handier than filling a lamp with a precious pasta condiment in order to read this magazine.

Speaking of food-the only thing on the globe more important than music-how would the modern, on-the-go household manage its helter-skelter meals without the microwave oven? Pop in the tater or the frozen lasagna, and eight minutes later, dinner is ready. But can you remember how much better a baked potato tastes when baked in a traditional oven? The skin should be slightly crisp, not flimsy from steaming, and the inside is flaky, not a pasty goo. And what about a home-baked lasagna? It’s light years ahead of anything you can buy, even the premium stuff from the frozen-food section of the market. Microwaves are handy devices for sure, but they just can’t turn out the same yummy results that a good old-fashioned gas range is capable of dishing out.

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