My coffee maker is on its last legs. I've noticed it making very scary noises the past few days while churning up my daily pot, and it took almost 15 minutes to make 3 cups of coffee earlier this evening for my date with Gwyn. My coffee maker has seen me through some hard times for over four years, including 5 finals weeks, 2 breakups, and easily 2 dozen writing crunches. I just hope it can hold out until my last exam on the 20th, and then she can retire with honour just before Christmas. In the meantime, I need to be on the lookout for a replacement model. There are a couple I have my eye on (and one that's just a dream), but your first coffee maker is like your first girlfriend: she may not have been the best choice at the time, but it's hard finding another to take her place.