Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Little Man in the Fridge

This evening, the light in my refrigerator went out.  When opening the door to darkness, my first thought was that the circuit blew or the fridge died so my affective filter was high, but upon further investigation it was still running and the light in the freezer still worked.  It took me a minute but then realized the light bulb had simply burned out.  Do you know that I have never once changed a refrigerator light bulb before!?!?  I moved out of my parents’ house at 17, so have rented, or co-owned, or owned at least 10 fridges since then.  Isn’t it odd that in all those years a bulb never went out?  I never thought about it before, but it’s kind of blowing my mind tonight.

Anyways, after cleaning out the top shelf so I could get to the light (which I assumed was in the back), I couldn’t find it.  Scratching my head, I searched around the ceiling and finally located it in the front, just above the door.  I set it aside next to my keys, a little bit frustrated that it went out on a Sunday night because with the new work week starting, who knows when I’ll have the time to go to the store to get a light bulb. 

Then I remembered the light bulb box.  When my parents moved to Hawaii maybe 10 years ago my dad left a bunch of boxes in my garage.  The box that he always kept the light bulbs in at their house now resides in my garage. Every-so-often I’ll find a bulb I can use in the box so I checked it.  At the very bottom of the dirty old box was a cardboard sleeve, browned with age that said, “Refrigerator Light”.  Skeptically, how could it possibly still work, I tried it…and it worked!

I’m proud to say I successfully changed my first refrigerator light bulb.  Bring on the fluorescents!

11 comments:

  1. My one went about 10 days ago, I could buy one but I have some here but I cannot find them.

    What's an affective filter when it sitting up an'eating a bit.

    Good going on the electrical work.

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    1. How kind of you to call it " electrical work" and not some dumb girl changing a lightbulb. :).
      Isn't that typical. You've planned ahead by having extra which you've probably seen a million times when you don't need them and now can't find them. That happens to me all the time. No doubt that when you finally break down and go get one, they'll magically appear.

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  2. lol.. i don't think our light bulb has ever gone out either.. same with the light in the oven, microwave and drier..

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    1. Come to think of it, I haven't changed any of those either, even the drier/dryer!
      Why can't they make lamp bulbs last that long?

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    2. Do you actually have a light in the drier/dryer. Truly ?.
      Myself I prefer my underpants to be tough and not need a night light :-). I'm fascinated though with what a salesperson would say to about the need for it. We are talking about the same thing. A hot barrel with a door the same size on one end. Best to check before teasing too much, you can never be sure.

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    3. Ha ha, yes that's what we call a dryer too. As for the light, I've never shopped for a dryer before (they've been left by the previous owner in my last two places) so I'm not sure if they just come standard with a light. I don't think anyone goes dryer shopping looking for that specifically, but I could be wrong. Most of us keep the washer dryer in the garage so maybe they think the extra light will help. I don't ever do laundry in the dark, so who knows. I believe the light turns off when the door is pushed closed though, so our unmentionables have to be brave too... hmmm I don't like the way that sounds, but you know what mean. ;)

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  3. Way to go! Laughed at loud at affective filter! ;)

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  4. I too, have a light bulb box.

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    1. The box is so old, a "Young Hen Christmas Turkey" box. I vividly remember it in the garage growing up. I looked all over to see if there was a date on it, but there isn't. I know it's old though.

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