Remember last year when we were talking about how Elly thought John's spending money on that big-ass stereo system was going to be accompanied by his telling her that she couldn't buy a new electric can opener? An upcoming strip in which John doesn't want to spend money on a new stove because he's not the one who's going to use it gives her good reason to think exactly that. As we're going to see over the next few years, John is somewhat reluctant to spend money on appliances and home repairs. The given reason is that he's a chauvinistic miser who wants Elly to be unhappy while he spends money that could be used to turn the Pattermanse into a showplace on toys. The underlying premise that there's money enough for a new car or other ego-gratifying goodie whenever he wants to but when Elly needs new things, he stands around whining about the expense. Given how readily he bought her brand new things when the Housening went into play and how rapidly he expanded the Pattermanse, it seems to me that things are not nearly so cut and dried; my personal suspicion is that John has a more cynical motive for wanting to stall on fixing up the kitchen. Said reason is that given how awful Elly's cooking is, he doesn't feel it deserves a better setting. Not that one can blame him; it would be one thing if she could cook food that didn't deserve to be choked down as fast as possible in order to avoid tasting it but since she thinks that Cheepie Weenie Casserole is the apex of great food, well, it's hard for him to want to pretty up where the spuds are peeled and the grub ruined.