We have a side-by-side refrigerator that is between 15 and 20 years old. Lately the freezer side door latch has not been working well, and the door can easily be left ajar.
That's what happened while we were away for three days. When we got home we found a big puddle on the floor, everything melted in the freezer, and the refrigerator side not cooling.
Panic! Tom cleaned up the puddle. I tossed most of the contents of the freezer and some of the refrigerator. We closed the doors and went on line to see what the refrigerator market looked like these days.
That was Thursday. On Friday, instead of going to the hydro qualifying and Blue Angels airshow practice on the free-day Friday, Tom and I went shopping for refrigerators. The kids were tired anyway, and Jill, Corey and Isaac were going to the actual races on Sunday. That's today, and as I type, we're getting ready for the final race. I'll go watch on TV and then get back to my story.
I can now report that the Oh Boy Oberto driven by Steve David has won the Seafair Cup. A popular favorite. And now back to my story. I have to get this published and then get ready to cook dinner for the race goers, who will now be working their way back home.
By Friday morning the refrigerator and freezer were back to working normally, but I no longer trusted them. It was time to shop for a new one. We started a Lowes, found several we might be interested in, got model numbers and prices. Then we headed to Albert Lee Appliances, a local chain of about four stores, and the sponsor of this year's hydro races. They had the same models available, but for more money. We were about to leave when the salesman said, "Oh, by the way, we will match any price you find at another store." And they did. And so we did - buy from them.
Our old side-by-side did not have an ice maker and water dispenser, so it was not plumbed. New ones come with both, but we did not want a water dispenser. We bought a 'french door' type, with double doors and a freezer on the bottom. It has an ice maker, which means we had to do the plumbing.
Corey knew what he was doing and Tom was grateful for the help.
The new models are also taller, so we had to move the cabinets above the refrigerator.
And now we're set for delivery on Tuesday. We're all excited about having something new. It should be installed before Jill and family leave Tuesday evening. Irene wants to put the magnets back on it.
And yes, I'll show you pics of the new one when we get it.
And that's how I contributed to the sponsorship of the hydroplane races.