Friday, November 5, 2010

For a change,
I'll bitch about something other than books

In the mid-1960s, I bought an old GE refrigerator for my college apartment. I paid $35 for it, and sold it three years later for $50.

It had to be defrosted manually, did not dispense water or ice through the door, never needed a repair, and always did its job.

In 2001, my wife and I spent about two kilobucks on a beautiful top-of-the-line GE "Profile Arctica" fridge. It only needs to be manually defrosted sometimes, it sometimes dispenses water and ice through the door, often dispenses water onto the floor -- causing people to slip, sometimes dispenses water onto the wood cabinetry -- causing it to rot; and needs three or four service visits each year.

Wednesday I bought a water filter for it. With tax, it cost me $42.27. That's a lot more than I spent to have my failproof GE college fridge for three years.

Progress? HAH!

(old fridge photo from "markrto" on

1 comment:

  1. Progress. People seem to equate progress with increased gadgetry and complexity.

    My father was in the air conditioning and refrigeration business for almost 50 years.

    When he purchased his last central air conditioning unit, he stripped it of almost all of its modern "energy saving" electronics and other parts.

    His electric bill dropped about 15% and Dad never had problems with the unit. I would also like to mention he kept the house at about 68 degrees.

    Dad was, and is, a firm believer in simple is best, less is more and if it isn't broken, leave it alone!

    Dad has a working 1931 methane refrigerator. When Dad passes it is to go to a museum. Very simple machine.

    I agree with you - new stuff is often not what it is cracked up to be.