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Posted January 14, 2004 at 08:43:05 AM by Bean
First of all, I think it's stupid that vacuum has two u's and no e's in it. Did we get this word from Russia or something? As it turns out, no: (Latin, empty space, from neuter of vacuus, empty, from vac re, to be empty.)
Anyway, as a favor to my buddy Scuba Steve, I decided to let a Rainbow salesman come to my house and demo an E-Series Rainbow Cleaning System (vacuum cleaner). As it turns out, Scuba Steve gets all kinds of freebies from Rainbow for giving out name and nubers as referrals, or "green lights" as the salesman called them.
Let me back up to the true origins of this story. About a week ago, Steve emiled the duck:
We discussed vacuum cleaners cleaners for a while, and chuckeled at how anyone could spend $1700 on a vacuum. A good hearty laugh was had by all. The next day, Steve shot out another email:
Hole, e, shit, he bought one. We were floored, and another good hearty laugh was had by all. M1, in particular had a pretty funny response:
Now, fast forward to last night. Mike, the Rainbow salesman from Bloomington, showed up at my door at 7:30. He brought in a few boxes and started unpacking. He was disapointed that Stefanie wasn't there yet - "It's a little more difficult when both parties don't see the demo, she won't understand why you want to buy one", he said. "I have no intention of buying a $1700 vacuum cleaner", I thought.
He did his thing, vacuumed up some junk from the carpet after I had gone over it with our old vacuum, showed me how the air/water filter doo-dad worked, and showed me the awesome, raw cleaning power that you get when you combine suction, airflow, AND water. And I was sold, I bought one then and there.
Really? No, not really. About 1/2 way through his demo, Stef showed up. He insisted on starting over so she could see everything. I refused his request. So he continued, vacuuming, showing me attachments, fluffing pillows, scenting the air, etc. for about 45 more minutes. Finally, the moment of truth arrived.
Boo-yah, Stef swooped in to save the day. I think Mike took the hint. He spent the next 20 minutes or so packing up his equipment and making small talk, all the while trying to get more names and numbers out of me. I told him I wouldn't feel comfortable giveing out names before asking permission, but that I would call in some contacts for him if I knew of any.
All in all, the demo took 2 hours. It was slightly entertaining. I conclude that the Rainbow is a good cleaning device, but about $1550 too expensive for my blood.