|The Monolith 2012|
|Old GE fridge in temporary location|
For several years I have been looking for a fridge with a greater capacity, yet uncomplicated by such doo-dads as water dispensers, ice makers, digital clocks, Hyperspace drive digital controls and iPod docks. (I made up the latter two features, but they may be available.)
I also needed a simple interior design in order to effectively use the inner space.
Last month, Costco Mexico's coupon book featured a 20.5 cubic foot, stainless steel front, Frigidaire without the above unnecessary accouterments. The big draw was a $3000 peso discount. I went to look at it about 2 weeks ago and was impressed. The interior is simple and relatively uncluttered. The accessories are limited to a cheese and cold cuts drawer, not as wide as in the old GE, but deeper in both senses of the word.
|Frigidaire Stainless Steel Front|
The three shelves on the inside of the door are deep and well spaced. Except for a modest butter compartment, there were no gizmos to consume valuable space. I was dubious about the durability of the "retainers", if that is the word, of the door shelves. While the bases are molded plastic, the retainers seem like flimsy material. I was able to overlook this and hope for the best.
The freezer compartment also fit my criteria. It has one rubber coated open metal shelf in the main compartment and two nice, full length door shelves.
|2012- Inside Deep Space|
Again we dealt with the Atencíon a Negocios desk. Sr. Israel Parra is our very helpful man there, but his associates were also helpful.
We arranged a Wednesday morning delivery, and as promised, the truck arrived. That it was an hour late is meaningless.
I'd already prepared the area for the new fridge by moving the old one into the dining room. I also had to dismount a small shelf that hangs in the narrow portal to the kitchen. I even cleaned the wall and floor!
The delivery went smoothly, even easier than the delivery of our chest freezer 3 years before, when the delivery men had to remove a door to get the chest freezer into its designated location.
They unpacked the fridge out on the porch and once inside, removed the remainder of the packing materials, such as foam pads and plastic film. They also attached the door handles, for which I was grateful. I had only to take off a few tapes before washing the insides with bicarb in tepid water, then drying it with a kitchen towel.
It was necessary to let the fridge repose four or more hours before plugging it in, and letting it cool down another four before putting in any food. I did the transfer at about 2:00 a.m.
|First load. Note the entirely empty bottom shelf.|
Yesterday I cleaned up the old GE fridge. That was more work than receiving and preparing the new one, but not that difficult.
I am offering the old one to sell, asking $3000 pesos. We will consider other offers. It's in good shape, with all its parts, but has some damage to a panel in the back of the freezer, but it doesn't seem to affect its operation. This would make a good second fridge for someone who entertains a lot, or a good one to give to your novia en tu casa chica.
You pay and carry away.
SOLD! To our cleaning lady and her family, down the street from us.
A bonus, for your entertainment pleasure:
The Dawn of Man:the discovery of a black, monolithic refrigerator
on the Serengeti Plain.