Be Cool

I saw the display, bright and beckoning and immediately thought “Not for me.”

Who wouldn’t want a gallon of Tropicana orange juice not from concentrate for $4? In the middle of winter?

But our fridge, I thought. That blasted dorm fridge. It’s already got a carton of almond milk, a container of yogurt and packet of tortellini. No way will that big container fit in there –

And then it hit me – we are now the proud owners of a full-sized refrigerator! It arrived yesterday. Yes, Eric is having to rebuild half the kitchen around it but it will be worth it. As full-fledged Americans, we have arrived.

refrigerator door

In the UK and Europe, small fridges are the norm, and we lived happily with one in France. But it was designed to do more than keep a supply of beer above room temperature. In America, a good under-counter fridge/freezer costs thousands. We’ve made do for over two years but it’s time to join in. Maybe we can stop spending half our time running to the store – who knows what masterpieces will be created with all those extra hours?

As I whirled around the store, packages seemed to call out to me from every cooler shelf and display: seltzer, that can be kept cold! Sour cream. Meats, cheeses. Salad leaves to go in – the crisper.

The freezer section – what would it be like, I wondered, my nose pressed against the ice cream section, to have a pint or two in the freezer at home, just in case the mood strikes?  I remembered my shame at our local little country market, when the owner’s wife suggested I try the organic ice cream from a nearby dairy farm.

“I can’t,” I said sadly. “See, we have this tiny fridge and the freezer doesn’t really work…”

“Why, you’re Amy, of Eric & Amy!” she said. “I’ve been to your house, for one of your Homemade Aeroplane house concerts!” Her voice softened. “I’ve seen that fridge.”

No more looks of pity.  We’re having another concert this Saturday. There are a few tickets left.  Come for the music! Stay for the ice cubes.

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby’s Homemade Aeroplane

2 thoughts on “Be Cool

  1. Vanda

    Enjoy your fridge. Never been able to see the attraction of those big fridges. Mind you I live in a fridge infested house so that might be why and have my own fridge saga. There’s a thirty year old (still functional, and still smart) upright fridge freezer that lurks in the integral garage. It ices up a bit as the seal isn’t as efficient as it was but defrosting is easy, it just drips onto the concrete floor. Job done. Then there’s the built in under counter fridge in the kitchen which is the “fridge in progress”and is the youngest of my fridge family at a mere five years old; it’s the one used on a day to day basis, for storing staple food items (you know the sorts of things – soda, cheese, beer, yoghurt, beer, salad, beer…) essential as the kitchen is upstairs, so it saves trekking up and down to the garage all the time. Then there’s the teenage under counter larder fridge from before the kitchen was refitted. After gathering dust in the garage for a few years it has been dusted off and now sits proudly under the newly fitted countertop in the downstairs utility area, opposite the (downstairs) spare bedroom and next to the back door. Normally it’s unplugged but at Christmas or other holidays when the upstairs fridge is full of something else (and beer) and the trusty old garage fridge is taking care of the surfeit of fruit and vegetables, then the plug is pushed in and it rumbles into life to take care of the leftovers, and chill the champagne. It’s quite handy in the summer for chilling water and juice when I’m in the garden and if there are guests they can have their own tea and coffee tray with milk on hand. That part of the house faces south there and guests seem unhappy with junket in their coffee! We Europeans manage very well with our small fridges… But may yours keep you happily chilled.

  2. amyrigby

    Fridge-s – plural! I like how yours live all over the house Vanda. In winter we have used what’s known as the “breezeway” – a connecting room between the house and garage that’s like a porch – to keep the stuff for the house concert cold because there’s no heat or insulation out there. Have also kept bottles in the snow. I’d been excited to collect our $50 from the power co. to get rid of the old fridge but was informed it’s too small to qualify. Would sell it to a college kid but it’s all cracked inside. Taking it to the dump.

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