If you haven't been able to get enough of my ongoing efforts to bring ice into our home in the form of the ice and water dispenser built into our refrigerator, I have an update.
Recall from my August 8 post that Jillfoil and I have been living happily ice-free for four years now. Our guests however, have not been so happy. Especially at cocktail hour.
So we had a plumber come over to hook up the water to the refrigerator. $245 later, he told us that the water was connected but the dispenser was broken.
A week later, the appliance guy came and told us that the pfetzer unit was broken. He took a $100 deposit for the part and drove away. Just this past week he returned with a new pfetzer unit, installed it and told me that in 12 hours we would have ice.
And now, for your arithemetic pleasure, I will recount the total cost of this modern convenience:
$245 Plumbing and installation of water source
$100 Deposit for the purchase of pfetzer unit
$160 Balance on pfetzer unit
$125 Appliance guy labor
I keep rubbing my eyes and hoping that the numbers change. But they don’t. $630.
And while $630 for the convenience of automatic ice surpasses the cost of a brand new refrigerator, at least I can serve my father his favorite beverage and offer him his choice of crushed or cubed ice.
Only I can’t. 12 hours passed and no ice. 24 hours passed. It’s been four days now and every morning I rush to the ice maker like a kid at Christmas. And every morning I find the ice bin filled with metaphorical coal.
Look at all the metaphorical coal.
And what do I do now? Just forget about it and move on? Stop throwing good money after bad and chalk this up as a $630 learning experience?
I mean, what is the effing lesson here?
Or do I call the appliance guy back? If I’m just $50 away from making this right, I’d be a fool not to finish it off and give my dad a god-damned glass of ice water right? But on the other hand, what if it’s going to take $250 more dollars? I mean, COME ON. When does it end?
And so I was wedged in tight and stuck. I couldn’t decide what my next move should be.
But there’s this blog. And it’s hungry for content. And I’m planning on launching this thing publicly in the next day or two. And then the pressure for content really mounts. And if I decide to cut my losses and live the rest of my life without automatic ice, then this topic will be closed and there will be nothing more to say or post about it.
But if I call the appliance guy and bring him back…
It’s thin logic. It’s no way to make a decision but it’s what I’m going to do. I’m calling the guy back. That will give me at least one more post and maybe, just maybe, a cool, refreshing iced beverage just in time for the summer to officially end.
More to follow…