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living in the fridge 5: ice December 12, 2008

Posted by That Guy in Free Food!, Living in the Fridge.
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“Living in the Fridge” is a week-long series covering things you’ll find in your office’s refrigerator.

CC-licensed photo by Flickr user Dan4th.

CC-licensed photo by Flickr user Dan4th.

Ice. And not the good kind. Not the kind that you can get from the dispenser or the ice cube tray and put in your drink. No, I’m talking about the gigantic mountains of frost that appear around the freezer of poorly-insulated refrigeration units — especially mini-fridges.

It starts out as just a little frost that you run your finger over and think, “oh, this isn’t a big deal, I’ll just leave it for now.” Then it gets worse and worse, until you can’t use the freezer. Until the freezer tray gets stuck altogether. Until the door doesn’t close.

Then comes the time of the defrosting. It takes a whole day. You can’t refrigerate anything. And when it’s done, you have to somehow get the fridge to a sink or bathroom so you can dump all the water out. Because makers of mini-fridges haven’t yet figured out that their products always frost up and it’s always a royal pain to defrost them.

Although, come to think of it, I know someone who has a mini-fridge in his basement, and it hasn’t frozen at all. Maybe the mini-fridges I’ve been exposed to have just been crappy models.

Anyway, this concludes the first Living in the Fridge series. I’ll do another at some point, and if you have suggestions, send them to me. I’ll see what I can find behind the milk.

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