People have an obsession with refrigerators. I don't know why, they just do. Not even when my truck was brand new, did it get it as much attention as it did with a fridge in the bed.
It all started last week when my mom called me to ask "What temperatures is your fridge supposed to be at?" Like I'm some sort of encyclopedia. Well. Most of the time I am. But this time, I didn't know, so I said, "One side should be cold, and one side should be colder."
I mean, that's it's job. It's sole purpose. Freeze and cool the food. Right? Remember that.
Mom didn't find my comment to be as funny as I did. She wanted numbers.
I reached down deep, into my small little mind and pulled out...."Fridge side 35 F to 40 F, and freezer side 0 F or colder." I didn't really know. I used the good 'ol reliable Internet. I love high speed Internet. She never knew.
She does now.
It was apparent that something was wrong with the unit. Finally, Friday had come, and it was falling off it's last legs. Time for "Steve To The Rescue!!!" I picked up a refrigerator and headed to Mom's. She was happy.
Then, blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda, Memorial Day came.
My wonderful wife, kids and myself, headed off to Mom's/Grandma's house for a cook out. After a wonderful day, I loaded up the broken fridge and headed out. I figure I would take the bad unit to the scrap yard after work on Tuesday. Did you know the scrap yard will PAY you to recycle? If you didn't, check into it. Free money for junk. Me likey.
So, Tuesday I go to work like normal (with the fridge). As soon as I got there, it started. What started you ask? They unstoppable fridge questions. That's what. And every time it went like this...
Them: "Is that a refrigerator in your truck?
Them: "What's up with it?
Me: "It's broken."
And here's the part that gets me.
Them: "What's it doing?"
SERIOUSLY??! The only way I knew to answer that question was...
Me: "It stopped freezing and cooling the food."
For as we all know, THAT'S IT'S JOB!!!!
I must of went through that same scenario about two dozen times. I even had people call me because they drove past my work and saw it in the truck. It was all the same questions. Except as the questions went on, my answers got worse.
I only had it for less than a day. And that was way to long.
Now, I know that new fridges do all sorts of things. But, are you crazy enough to junk a fridge because the night light burnt out? Push it out the door because it stopped crushing ice? Heave it into the yard because the water stopped coming out of the in-door dispenser??
NO!! If you do, stop it! Have you seen the price of new fridges?? Once I had to put a deposit and leave my drivers licence at the counter just to look at one on the showroom floor. When we bought our new fridge a couple years back, the price of my home doubled.
Fridges get junked because they freakin stop working. If the ice maker doesn't work, a fridge has a "problem". It's not junk.
I may seem like I am complaining, but in all truth. Those questions kept me laughing all day.
From the great Muppet creator Jim Henson,
"My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here."
Have a great day.