I finally wore out the rug attachment on my trusty old Miele vacuum cleaner. Fixing it would have been expensive, so I went shopping for a new one :-)
I ended up with a nice Kenmore canister vacuum cleaner. I tried it out when I got home and there are some things that the new one is better at, and some things the old one is better at. I'll adjust.
When I was in Sears, a young man walked in while I was shopping and exclaimed, "Don't buy one of these!". This poor guy was in the process of returning his 4th vacuum cleaner. Based on his experience, I decided to spring for the 5-year extended warranty.
So, this isn't a very exciting day, unless you are the vacuum lady as I am.