April 27th, 2021

Refer madness

I just like writing titles.

We bought our Whirlpool refrigerator in Oct of 2018 when we moved into our house.  I paid for a whole house appliance warranty after the first year when they all expired.  As with any insurance/warranty it is a Las Vegas kind of gamble, you vs the house.  The odds are only a bit better.  

The refer (Navy way of saying refrigerator) has an ice maker and I knew that I was really paying for that.  Refrigerators don't break down for the first 10 years but ice makers invariably do.  And ours has, three times now.  The downside to the warranty is there is a $75 flat rate per incident.  This covers the admin for the parent warranty company (2-10 if you are interested) and keeps the customers from calling for every little thing.  It is a good compromise.  So I've spent $150 on fixing the ice machine so far.  They have replaced all the parts and fixed the major mechanic issues.

Last night it failed.  The supply line that delivers water to the little tray freezes.  I've got the freezer turned to its lowest setting (or its highest temp.. I had to spend some time to be sure I was not doing it backwards) and it is still a little too cold.  Cold enough to freeze the line.

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Quicksilver, Bo, and I go for a ride

I've always thought that "Who do you love", the Quicksilver version, is in the top 10 best song beginnings.  And the combination of the San Francisco crackling guitar and Bo Diddley is great:

I use a cobra snake for a necktie
I got a brand new house on the roadside
Made from rattlesnake hide

The combination makes for some good hill climbing music.  I cranked it up and hit one of the big hills I've been eyeballing.  The three of us, Q, Bo and me, made it but had to pull out and ride down a flat side road about 2/3 of the way up to let my heart settle a little bit.  I'd rather die on a bike than on the toilet but I'd rather beat the hill than die.  Priorities.

Anyway, we won.  I'll take off a day and then do a more flat run then go after another big hill.  There are three or four of them in the area and I need to be able to do them all with some energy left over so I can go longer than 8 miles.  

The huge gain is that my recovery was as fast as usual.  If I keep riding I'll get a monitor again but I didn't need one to feel my heart rate come right back down with my breathing and level out once I topped the hill.  Very encouraging.

Now, I'll follow that wonderful Nietzsche directive "What doesn't kill you makes you take a nap."  Or something like that.