The squeaky wheel

The squeaky wheel gets trashed. Amazon can bring a new one tomorrow. Ain't nobody got time for maintenance.

Wheels are three for a dollar. Maintenance is so hard.

Back in my day the squeaky wheel got the grease. You kids these days have it so

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The squeaky wheel gets the

Ain't nobody got time for

The squeaky wheel

Ain't nobody got

The grease

Squeak


On one hand: the squeaky wheel is everywhere. You don't have to look for it. It's on Facebook. It's on Twitter. It's probably on TV. I don't know. It's going to get the grease. From someone. For someone. Did you hear about the? Yes, it's tragic. I can't believe about the. What a shame. Won't somebody do something about.

On the other hand: replacement is so cheap. And a wheel is going to squeak anyway. Buy a cheap wheel and it squeaks. Throw it away. But ten cheap wheels, seven squeak, throw them away—still got three wheels. We don't even need to pretend that we've wasted seven wheels—still got three wheels. It's not a waste if you never wanted it. It's not maintenance if you don't do it. It makes sense if you don't think about it.

Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus (1990): "Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."

2021: Everybody wants to buy and nobody wants to do maintenance.

2021, the next day: Squeak.

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