I do not know which is more frustrating, defective balloons or failing Christmas lights. One lousy bulb, and I spend hours figuring out what is causing the problem. On the other hand, I can easily detect a bad balloon in a balloon sculpture. Yet, the bad light bulb is not intertwined among three light strands. It just sits there, waiting to be plucked out of the socket and replaced.
Balloons randomly popping can make people look inexperienced and foolish as they work and then rework them into the design. Seeing a half strand of lights out on the house, you think the owners are too lazy to fix them. Either way, the results do not make the assembler look good.
Bad batches of balloons happen occasionally, and it is not an everyday occurrence, but Christmas is once a year, and I expect those inexpensive lights to last year after year. I rationalize this logic by seeing a child smack a thin-skinned latex balloon around a room for hours, and it does not pop. Yet, I carefully place lights on the Christmas tree and store them in a safe place year after year, but to no avail. They seem to fail.
Be it twisting balloons or the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree. I cannot stand failure. Both industries have quality control, but both only cost pennies to produce. So I ask you this, which gives you more grief, defective balloons or those damn twinkling lights that won’t light?
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