Thursday, July 18, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Joys of new refrigerator
I admit to being a computer nerd-type. I don’t really know enough to be a real nerd -- I guess I’m a “wanna-be” nerd.
Nerd though I am, I’m having trouble with my new refrigerator.
Pop and I decided a couple weeks ago that our old refrigerator was on its last legs. The icemaker no longer worked (we’ve been using ice trays for a couple months now and it’s been interesting), drawers in the doors were falling off, the handles on the front had lost their coverings and on and on.
Nothing major, but more than enough minor things to warrant a lot of concern. Especially considering the old refrigerator was over 20 years old.
Pop and I talked about going shopping for a new one, but his health makes it so that he doesn’t enjoy shopping (not that he ever did). However, he reads all the inserts we get and watches advertisements on television, so he knows what is on sale and where. We bought a TV not too long ago after he “researched” it that way.
This time, he just didn’t feel up to shopping. So, we looked up the refrigerator at the store where he saw the best sale price and we ordered it online. Kinda scary, but fun!
I had to ask the online chat consultant for help though. The total for the refrigerator was twice the sale price. After a minute or so of checking, he asked me how many refrigerators I was buying and when I took the second one I’d ordered off, the price dropped to what it was supposed to be and my heart started beating again.
The new refrigerator was delivered Thursday. It was a chore unloading the old one, loading the new one and throwing away about half the stuff in the freezer. But daughter Dana and both granddaughters were at home and helpful (son Kris is apparently smarter -- he hid out all day).
Looking in the new fridge, I discovered there were no controls anywhere, none in the freezer either.
We had to get the instruction book out! Turns out it’s all computer controlled on the door. Turns out that we needed a teenager to figure it out. Turns out that we’re having to keep the book handy to figure out how to get crushed or cubed ice and how to get water instead of ice.
And the new fridge “bings” at you when you leave the door open longer than it thinks it needs to be and it bings at you when you do something wrong or when you do something right or just because it wants too.
I may be too old for a new refrigerator...
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