Is your refrigerator running?

When I was growing up, there was a popular joke about a refrigerator. It went something like this:

Hey, is your refrigerator running? 

Then you better go catch it.

I bring this up because our refrigerator has not been working properly for the last four weeks. It runs for about 12 hours then takes an eight-hour nap.

We’ve had three repairman out, replaced a computer board and a fan motor and the thing still doesn’t want to perform as needed.

Luckily, we have a fridge in the garage. It’s been with us for about 25 years and still works. (They really don’t make ‘em like they used to, huh?) After losing all of the food the first time the fridge failed, we’ve got a system to move food back and forth between the two fridges.

I have to give my teenager credit – she’s got this down to a science.

Despite the drama of repairs that don’t work and warranty companies who don’t deliver on what they promise (I stopped counting after being on hold for five hours), I’m still writing. This week’s writing has been more outlining.

As in Helene’s story.

I know. I keep going back and forth between Helene and China. It’s probably like watching a tennis match. Back and forth. Back and forth. Which quite frankly would be an awesome experience considering how bored we are with the pandemic, but that is another topic…


But I do have a pretty solid outline for Helene’s story. It’s sitting on the printer as proof if you want to see.

My plan is to use this outline to finish a first draft by August 31, 2020.Drop me a note at on August 31 to find out how I did. I’ll share a preview with whomever emails me.

With that, I’m going to get back on hold with the warranty company and see if I can get a couple of chapters written. The hold music is pretty decent so that’s a positive.

PS: I found a website with a page dedicated to refrigerator jokes. Not to get political or anything, but this one caught my eye.

Is your refrigerator running? 

Because I’d vote for it.

PPS: I won honorable mention in a writing contest. You can read the story here.

Until next time…

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