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Creation Date: July 4th, 2007 02:13 AM
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  #4 New July 11th, 2007 10:29 PM
...OUCH! Damn I hate rough jump drop outs.

Sorry to hear the gov screws you on vacation FB, but maybe the wages make up for it?

Hunter, I know it's a foreign concept to you of late, which is all the more reason you need one asap Don't ask me how you can swing it though, the little I know of your one man show I have no ideas but maybe we here could get along for a week once you finish playing with all the features. Hey, maybe there's one for vacation mode?

Anyway, back to the rough landing bit. Got home to the leaky water heater on my need to replace list and the fridge died. Good thing we have a beer fridge.

Sidebar - Is it a purely Canadian thing to have a second, very old and reliable, fridge in the basement (typically) just for brews (generally) and refer to it as "the beer fridge"? I know it seems anywhere I go here in Canuckistan it's a given. What about the USA? And elsewhere? Presuming of course that anyone is actually reading this. Back to the topic, more or less...

So the fridge is kaput. I go downtown (small town is nice, couple minutes to get to the store and pick it out, including chit chat), then a minute more at the town office for the disposal permit for the landfill (I'm too law abiding to just dump it outside the fence like a few here) and I'm home waiting for the delivery.

I figure what the hey, I'll haul the old one out of the way and clean behind/under it for the new one. Strap it to the dolly, lean it over and...


D'oh! The oily smell was coming from about a quart of oily water in the full evaporator cup. Which made a nice slippery mess all over the floor. sigh. Clean up in aisle 3. Oh well, I had to wash the floor anywho. But wait, the story gets better. As if it could get worse.

New fridge is delivered on time and I go to push it back into place after removing the required mile of sticky tape inside and out, and collect the encyclopedia in multiple languages reminding me not to use flammables to clean the fridge as it may result in an explosion. Yeah right, like tempting me with promises of explosions will dissuade me from using flammable cleaning products lol.

So I push and the fridge leans like it's got a wonky wheel in the back, or maybe no wheel, on the one side. Great. Brand new fridge is snafu already. So I pull it back out and look. Nope, two wheels there. Hmm the one looks kinda funny though. Maybe it is broken. I press it experimentally and spin it to judge its value. And my finger encounters foam rubber. <stunned> I check again. Yep, foam rubber wheel. I check the other side. Its good solid plastic. Bizarre. The foam rubber wheel is the same size and colour, a very good imitation in every way except for being able to roll with the weight of a fridge bearing on it. Heck it wouldn't support the cardboard box the fridge came in. I had to wonder, what kind of a day was assembly line laborer 629 having that they put a foam rubber wheel on a fridge? I mean, was the box of real wheel empty? Did there just happen to be a box of foam rubber wheels the same size?

Oh well, nothing to do but call the guy I bought it from. Naturally he was skeptical but said he'd send his repair guy around. I don't think I made myself clear about the situation though.

The repair guy showed up later, looked at the back of the fridge and said "Both wheels are there." (so I knew I hadn't made my point earlier) I said "You need to take a closer look, come down here..." as I squatted and pressed my finger into the foam rubber wheel. The repair guy laughed out loud and took a few minutes to stop chuckling. It is kind of funny. But it is gonna take a week to get a replacement shipped out (downside of small town life). So the fridge lives on shims for a while, long as it keeps the foods cold.

Anyway, this has given me all kinds of ideas for in game fun, if only I could get a game going. Sad to report I couldn't get a rise outta the old friends for a little ftf rpg. Not that we didn't have a good time anyway, but it could have been better. From my pov at least
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#6 December 16th, 2008 07:36 PM
far-trader Says:
Well, I am now reading your blog, slowly catching up...
So I see We thank you for your view and replies
Quote: you'd better write something soon, so I won't get bored...
You mean I haven't bored you with what I've written? That's odd...
Quote: know what happens to Knights when Barons get bored, right?
Er, no I don't. And I don't want to know do I? OK, OK, I'll post something, sometime...
#5 December 16th, 2008 04:44 AM
Yep, we too in the Great State of Wisconsin, a cold and frosty place, keep the infamous beer fridges. Though when you're real young I think, we call it the fridge, more like a beer fridge with optional food, probably some cheese. Loved the rubber wheels story! LMAO. Well, I am now reading your blog, slowly catching up, so you'd better write something soon, so I won't get bored, and you know what happens to Knights when Barons get bored, right?
#4 July 12th, 2007 06:20 PM
far-trader Says:
Grrrr. Well actually I don't keep my brew in the fridge. Too cold ya know, for a good ale. The basement floor is just right. Sure coulda used that fancy mop of yours though after the oily spill
#3 July 12th, 2007 06:05 PM
Gruffty Says:
Hehehe! My cunning plan to de-cool FT's beer nearly worked!
#2 July 12th, 2007 07:12 AM
Fritz_Brown Says:
Oh yeah, we have "beer fridges"! An awful lot of folks no longer park in their garages (if they don't have a basement).... A foam rubber wheel?! BTW, it ain't the gov, its the changing companies that makes me lose the vacation.
#1 July 12th, 2007 12:36 AM
chshrkt Says:
Here in the USofA we sometimes refer to the second fridge for beer as a "Beerferator", though the ones I have encountered also had taps mounted on the door and a couple pony kegs next to a CO2 canister inside, the requisite rats nest of tubing added to the atmosphere and made a nice perch for the box of leftover pizza as well.

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