It appears to me that dog-walking technology has surpassed home technology. I say this as I look around my kitchen and see electrical cords bunched up in rubber bands. I am someone who can devour home décor magazines and I love HGTV (my one and only television vice). I never see electrical cords bunched up with rubber bands in these pristinely designed settings. Now, I’ll be the first to say that I have some electronics in my kitchen that others don’t. In addition to the typical kitchen electronics of a coffee maker, toaster oven, and “cordless” phone, I have 2 baby monitors, a laptop computer, and a Bose docking station for the iPod. The docking station is the worst (exposed cord) offender given what I can only assume is the necessary thickness of an electrical cord for a grounded device. I just wish that, like retractable dog leashes, somehow, these items could also have retractable, or at least somehow hidden spaces to hide the excess of cord. Then, and only then, will my kitchen be “House Beautiful” worthy – assuming you overlook the fingerprints on the walls and the toys under the table.