The Electric can opener died. I didn't grieve. It seemed weird to use electricity to open a can of refried beans. I wasn't guilt ridden or wracked with angst every time I wanted tostadas or green beans, but I figured I'd replace it with a good sturdy hand-cranking can opener. I had  a couple of old ones in the drawer for emergencies. When the electric's off due to an ice storm, a can of chili hits the spot. The basic all metal one never gets lost. I root over it when looking for the candy thermometer, which I need [...]