I have a new hair dryer. It's red and shiny and cleverly folds to take up less room in a suitcase. And after a month, I almost don't hate it. Almost.
Hair dryers are such a personal thing. I'm not one who can pick up just any old hair dryer and achieve styling success. Heck, that's hard enough to do with one I'm familiar with let alone a strange one. I guess that's why I've always packed my own when traveling instead of depending on the ones furnished by the hotel. And I had a long and happy relationship with the last dryer before it made a loud pop and began to emit a strange burning-electrical smell. After unceremoniously pitching it in the trash, I went looking for a new one.
The objective was to find a new one with the same features...and I thought I did. What I'mfinding, however, is that I need a heat setting in between the two choices I have on the new one. And even worse, I need a speed setting in between as well. The results even on Low look suspiciously like I've been outside on a windy day in Kansas. I suppose I could have just said like I've been outside in Kansas because every day there is windy but you get the picture.
The real source of my aggravation, however, is the concentrator which tames that tornadic output somewhat so I don't look like I've stirred my hair with a stick. Think of it as a funnel used in reverse, only with a fat slot for the output rather than a circle. It swivels...and therein lies the problem.
Dry your hair on the right side of your head and you need the slot at one angle; dry it on the other and it's a different angle. As I've freely admitted, my spacial skills aren't the best anyway but throw a mirror into the equation and I'm forever turning that darn thing to the wrong angle. It's entirely possible that this demon apparatus has caused me to say some unkind things about it under my breath. Okay...so maybe I said them out loud too.
I have a new (and much happier) approach though. I just look in the mirror, figure out which way I think I should turn that swiveling concentrator...then do the opposite. And you know what? That theory is working really well.