With a new home there is a need for new appliances, and so John and Marie set out to choose a specific type of fridge/freezer. Seems like they were having some problems in this regard. If you read John Ratliff’s latest story you can see that Mars and Venus were left in the shade, or perhaps there was “a total eclipse of the heart!”

Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
I don’t know what to do and I’m always in the dark
We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks.  Bonnie Tyler

I Want My MTV

As we were browsing the appliance section of our local iconic orange giant box store a fellow customer approached us. She was an elderly lady with piercing blue eyes and red hair. Unsolicited, she offered her opinion about how she hated the French door design for exactly the same reasons I was against it.

After the lady wandered off, I looked at Marie and said,

“Your honor, the defense has no further witnesses. We rest our case.”

“OK, OK, I agree! The large capacity side by side provides maximum organizational flexibility and reduces the frequency of having to bend down, pull out and reach into a messy pile of disorganized frozen foods.”

“Thank goodness you have finally seen the light!”

We had been debating the merits of a french door design refrigerator with the pullout freezer drawer on the bottom versus the traditional side by side configuration. I have always been of the opinion that form should follow function. Just because something is new, popular, more expensive or trendy doesn’t necessarily make it the best choice. Until the assertive stranger interjected her opinion, we had reached a stalemate.

As we headed out to the parking lot with the issue resolved, I casually said, “You know I paid her in advance to show up and say those things.”

That’s when Marie slugged me in the arm.

“Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it

You play the guitar on the MTV

That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it

Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it

Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb

Maybe get a blister on your little finger

Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We got to install microwave ovens custom kitchen deliveries

We got to move these refrigerators we gotta move these color TV’s…” – Dire Straits

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