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28 February 2011 @ 09:55 pm
Weekend+1 Update  
The fridge: Repairman finally came today. $700 to repair, but the fridge is 22 years old (!! who knew??) and various routine maintenances that he'd recommend are all $1K to $1.5K each. Time to buy a new fridge. *sigh* Meanwhile, we're trying to buy a few more weeks by defrosting the entire thing (both sides). Had to borrow a cooler for all the freezer stuff.

If G.E. had been able to send someone on Friday, we'd at least have everything defrosted and the food back in the fridge by now. While I'm grateful we can keep stuff in coolers in the garage (4th day now), going out to fetch things from the "larder" makes me feel like I'm living in a different century. :\

We watched Megamind on Saturday. \o/ I honestly (don't shoot me) think that was some of Will Ferrell's best work. Normally, he doesn't do much for me.

I watched Kinsey, mainly for the brief slash and because I like Liam Neeson. More interesting than I expected, and Laura Linney was really good as Kinsey's wife. The movie ended before it should have, though.

I finished a Harry Bosch mystery and a Lincoln Rhyme mystery over the weekend. Funny-- I never pictured Lincoln Rhyme as white (partly because of the first name), and this was the first one of those books I've read that addressed his race. I've also been thinking his last name was Rhymes and not Rhyme. Now I'm reading Briar Rose, by Jane Yolen. It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty intertwined with the Holocaust, and the way Yolen writes it makes it seem as if the fairytale was always an allegory for that. Wow.

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 1st, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to say it. I'm not going to say it, I'm not going to say it, I'm not going to say it

I can't even imagine a 22 year old fridge.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Ice-T Smackdownhalfshellvenus on March 1st, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
! Well, imagine buying a house 11 years ago and having no idea that the fridge was already that old!

The previous owner kept everything very clean and in good repair, so things looked fairly new when we moved in.

Regardless, I still can't believe he spent $7,000 for a refrigerator back then. An evil refrigerator that has caused us nothing but grief, and which replacing will also require the services of a cabinetmaker, to fix up the part where the compressors/etc. lived.

No.Built-ins. Why the hell?
Clair de Lune: cj - aieclair_de_lune on March 1st, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
$700 to repair
I doubt it help when you have to pay for a new one, but 22 is quite a respectable age for a fridge O_O
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bad Robothalfshellvenus on March 1st, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
I honestly had no idea it was that old! It was there when we bought the house, and it looked fairly new. :0

Given that, anything we buy to replace will obviously use a lot less electricity. So that's something...
brigid_tanner: dean-come again?brigid_tanner on March 2nd, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
What the hell does he want to replace on the ref? that price is insane!! My family business is selling and repairing appliances, mostly GE. What parts do you need? Email me if you want, and I'll tell you what they should cost. Labor is probably MUCH higher there than it is in Alabama. I'd also love to hear what "routine maintenances" he wants to do. As far as I know, about all you need to do is vacuum under the fridge from time to time to keep things from getting stopped up with dust bunnies.

I will say that older appliances were made better than the new ones. Again, if you want to, email me what the dimensions are for the space you have and I'll look and see what will fit and what it costs. I can only do this for GE, cause that's what we sell and what I have access to. If you lived closer, I could send you a service tech ;)

I love the Lincoln Rhyme books.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 2nd, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
It's the labor cost-- because to remove the compressor/whatever (the motor/etc. that drives those built-in fridges), he has to get a second person to come in so they can lift it out and then replace the styrofoam packing underneath that's used as insulation.

All the other scary prices are mainly for 2-3 (!!) people being required for various jobs. Just another reason never to buy a built-in, as far as I'm concerned. Sheesh!

None of the major parts of the compressor/motor have ever been replaced, and they're oooold. This guy's actual recommendation was to steer us toward realizing that this fridge is past end-of-life, and it's time to get a new one. I.e., the maintenance costs are only going to get worse. He didn't actually think we should any of that stuff, given how old the fridge is. I appreciated his honesty. ;)

I've only read a few of the Lincoln Rhyme books, but I really like them. Mainly, I tend to read what the library has in paperback, so I can take it to the gym! Anything hardbound (or big) is too heavy to hold one-handed while I'm on the elliptical.
brigid_tanner: boys-racing/kicking assbrigid_tanner on March 2nd, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
Yeah...if it's the compressor, you're screwed. I don't have much experience with the built-ins, but compressors are a pain in the ass to change and it does take time and two people. So you have to go with another built-in, or can you get a regular one that sorta fits the space? Glad the tech was honest with you. My guys tell people the truth, cause honestly, I make more with labor on repair calls than I make on selling appliances, when I try to compete with the big box stores on price. I've seen them list things for sale at a price that's less than what GE will sell it to me.

I recently got a Kindle, and I love it. Lots of books, one little thing in my purse. I've heard, but have no first-hand knowledge, that some libraries are working out ways to loan out books on Kindle or similar readers. Never thought I'd want to give up a physical book, but damn, it's convenient!