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Sad Day

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

We bought our fridge 29 years ago and it needed a new thermostat four days after it was delivered and another one 10 years ago.  They don’t make them like that now.

Last Friday, we saw a sale catalogue from one of the big whitegoods retailers and thought we might buy a new one since it owed us nothing.  Some of the plastic moulding was cracked, one of the door shelves was broken and the door seal was in need of replacement so it was past it’s use-by-date.  A circa 1980’s use-by-date!

This fridge is unique.  It’s a living entity and can think and has emotions.  Why?  Because last night it gave a sigh and died.  It must have heard us talking and gave up the will to live.  Went to fridge heaven.  Long Lived Phillip!

Our kindly neighbour tossed all his beer out of his bar fridge and helped me lump it across the road to save the day.

I wonder what we are doing today?

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  1. Muppets Dad
    December 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Drinking the beer taken out of the Fridge I hope…….

    MD – Maybe in days of yore.

  2. December 15, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    My grandma’s fridge was the same – no fancy frills but lasted from the time electric refrigerators came to town until the day we buried her. I hope the next one is as long lived!

    Peggy – Guarantee on the new one is 2 years so it’s a throwaway society now. The consumer is being screwed.

  3. December 16, 2009 at 2:48 am

    I can’t believe Peggy buried a fridge. That’s a lot of digging…

    Scott – You and Muppet’s Daddy would make a good pair.

  4. Thomas Houseman
    December 16, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Peggy, I’m pretty sure you just have to remove the door / door lock and then just leave it on the street and notify council and they’ll pick it up for you….

    The only problem with those old fridges is that they weight about 2 ton. I swore blind I’d never move it again and then our lease expired. The removalists I hired to move it remembered that damn fridge two years later when I hired them again to move it out of the place!

    Thomas – Things might be different in Scotland for Peggy. We’re getting a new fridge delivered tomorrow and they are taking the old one away for $10.

    I helped Muppet’s Mum shift once and 3 of us carried her baby grand piano down a flight of stairs. I won’t forget that in a hurry!

  5. AZ
    December 16, 2009 at 7:56 am

    We bought a fridge at a carport sale for $50 many years ago, and that thing chugged away cooling our grub for almost 20 years, we finally decided to replace it with a newer model and sold it at our carport sale for $75. We should have kept it because I’ve gone through two more “newer” models already with lots of service calls when they suffered premature cooling failures.

    AZ – Thanks for the ringing endorsement of today’s technology. We paid a bit extra to extend the warranty to 5 years. Whoopee Do!

  6. june in florida
    December 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Extended the warranty to 5 years, that’s insurance that it wont need any work until 5 years and 1 day.

    June – That happened to a camera once

  7. December 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I had to buy a new fridge about a year ago. I’m told that the current fridges only last about 10 years. We really are in “a throwaway society now”. Happy cooling. BTW, it’s hot here, and it’s headed your way. Free gratis — enjoy 🙂

    Randy – “Headed our way”. It’s been here all day! 40c now.

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