Our current scale has been working for me but not for Paul. I admit it's given me a few strange readouts, but then it always gave a better answer the second try, and I don't think stepping off and stepping on again is such a huge inconvenience. Also, I admit I've seen it doing its "calculating....calculating....calculating..." thing when no one was standing on it, but big deal. It's only a LITTLE like a machine is coming to life and watching us while we're vulnerable and unsuspecting.
So I wasn't ready to pull the plug. Scales are hard to choose, and boring to spend money on. I sometimes think scales are a Bad Idea anyway. But just now Paul made an exasperated sound from the bathroom and then announced: "That's it. We need a new scale." His claim: the scale is not working. I wanted to ask if "not working" meant "telling him he weighs more than he thinks he weighs," but before I could weigh (heh) the advisability of this possible line of inquiry he added that the scale is now literally non-functioning. My suggestion that the scale needed a new battery was met with a snort, and with the declaration that he didn't care if it DID need a new battery, it wasn't getting one, because it was a dumb scale to begin with. (I hope it didn't hear him say that.)
So scale-questing it is. Here is the thing: I don't want to have to do this again anytime soon, so what I'm most looking for is DURABILITY and NON WONKING OUT. Perfect accuracy is not important to me, as long as it gives me the general idea for those kid medications where I have to weigh the child to determine the dosage.
But PAUL wants perfect accuracy, and in fact he would like it to measure to the TENTH OF A POUND, which I think is stupid since drinking an 8-ounce cup of water changes a person's weight by FIVE tenths of a pound.
And so we need The Perfect Scale. It must be:
- fun to buy
- accurate to a tenth of a pound