We live in a throwaway society, where we no longer even go through the motions of deciding whether something is worth fixing. Instead, we measure how long we've owned something against some arbitrary number corresponding to the number of years of expected service. Then we rationalize to ourselves that we've gotten decent enough value from it before we pack everything up and head out in search of a shiny new replacement bauble. Welcome to the endless upgrade treadmill.
I still think of the analog clock-radio - white with a black face - that sat in my parents' kitchen for virtually my entire childhood. It was old by the time I came along, but it nevertheless occupied the same rectangle of real estate on the counter for decades. Until it finally stopped working and we brought it to the appliance repair shop to be fixed. A few years later, it went silent again, except this time there were no appliance repair shops left.
The replacements never lasted more than give years, and they never imprinted themselves in my mind as that old analog one had. I hope a better fate awaits the sadly trounced bike above.
Your turn: This week's Thematic theme, broken, should make it easy to find inspiration, because we're surrounded by things that are long past their prime. Already, I'm lining up photos for the entire week, and I invite you to do the same. Just post a broken-themed pic to your blog - remember, how you interpret it is entirely up to you - then leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it. Feel free to participate as often as you wish through the entire week, and bring a friend if you wish, too. For more background on how Thematic works, just click here. Otherwise, enjoy!