I just bought myself a new, high-tech digital scale for precise weighing at Friday's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge.

While I like new toys as much as the next guy, what makes me happiest about this purchase is that I no longer will have to sit on the floor in order to get a fair and accurate reading. This baby will do it all.

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It's got a nice flatbed platform, so no more placing the tomato in the bowl. Plus -- are you ready for this? Call me an optimist, but it can handle weights up to 55 pounds.