February 1st, 2007


The Icebox Man Cometh, With the Expectedeth Results

Problems with the refrigerator. Let me be specific: SEARS KENMORE 22 CUBIC FOOT REFRIGERATOR, three years old, under extended warranty. The freezer compartment was icing up, the refrigerator section was not cooling.

Called 1-800-4-MY-HOME. Scheduled appointment.

"The technician will arrive sometime between 8am and 5pm. You must be home when the technician arrives or the appointment will be cancelled. You must be home when the technician calls to conifrm the appointment or the appointment will be cancelled."

Waited around. Technician arrived around 1pm. Replaced defroster thermostat in freezer compartment.

"Are you sure that will do it?"

"Absolutely. The thermostat is burned out. It will work fine now."

A few hours later: refrigerator compartment is not even remotely cool. Additionally, the freezer compartment is no longer cooling at all. The ice maker is not working. THE LITTLE LIGHT IN THE FREEZER COMPARTMENT WON'T EVEN COME ON! (Yes, I checked the bulb in another outlet, the bulb is fine).

Called 1-800-4-MY-HOME.

"We cannot schedule another appointment until today's work order clears our system. You will have to call back tomorrow."

Waited. Called 1-800-4-MY-HOME yet again. Much discussion. Four different people. Next appointment: Saturday, sometime between 8am and noon.

Doing the Sensitive Teacher Bit

Yesterday when I picked the students up from lunch the class was abuzz. Apparently two girls from another class had kicked one of my boys in the stomach and he was in the health room in tears. Yeah, well, whatever, they saved me the trouble, I thought to myself, and led the Terror Tribe back to class.

Eventually the kid returned to class as well. No internal hemorrhaging, apparently. Darn.

"So," I said to the lad, in the best attempt I could muster at being sympathetic, "I hear a girl beat you up."

(no subject)

Rationally, I know that kicking in the screen of my television wouldn't solve anything.

The local televsion news reports that the Hawaii legislature is once again considering legalizing casino gambling in Hawaii.

This time their ploy is that the tax revenue generated would go toward mass transit (the legislature recently voted to proceed with a multi-billion dollar, decades-long "fixed guideway rail system" project), and allow them to rescind a recent half-percent increase in the sales tax.


I actually kind of like my television set, by the way, a 30-inch Sharp that's about ten years old now. Sometimes it's slow to warm up, so I'm thinking its days are numbered already; no need to hasten it along.

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