Not living in the fridge

It went kaput. Our house bit back at us recently as the fridge decided to die. It sounds as though the compressor is trying to cut on, but it cuts out after a second. So, we bought a new one.

Writing that, and saying that, seems simple, but it’s not. We had taken some money out of our savings and we intended to put it toward our medical bills that we’ve racked up in the past few months. Instead of paying on those medical bills immediately, I decided to wait to find out how my wife’s disability would affects us financially day-to-day. So, money sat on the sideline, just in case.

And as we were preparing to make a payment on those medical bills, the fridge decided to die. So, we bought a fridge that we can afford. It wasn’t the most expensive and it wasn’t the biggest, widest or the one with the most gadgets. But it’s a new fridge. The big thing for us will be to keep the new one clean.

No Halloween. This was the first year we did nothing for Halloween. There were two chief reasons. The first was a lack of cash. We didn’t have money to buy and hand out candy to any potential kids. Our porch light is on a motion sensor, and with a house that sits back off of the street and a very rainy day and night, it just didn’t make sense. Another was that we didn’t have any time to decorate. We have plenty of things to put out, but we just didn’t have a quality time to really go through what we have and where to put it.

Visit Fordlandia. I watched a PBS documentary on Henry Ford, and I learned some new things. The character of Ford was described, which was interesting, but it didn’t pique my interest. It was rather the way he built things, from his initial factory to the Rouge complex. I didn’t know that he was the person who started Greenfield Village, but it makes sense. And it’s interesting to think about other historical villages that dot our state, such as the Huckleberry Railroad or Historic White Pine Village here in Ludington.

Anyway, back to Fordlandia. I didn’t know he bought the amount of land he did in the Amazon all so he could create the rubber needed for his needs. Looking at images through a quick Internet search showed just your basic abandoned buildings, except for one thing. The church. The church that is in that area is amazing. The exterior appears to be well maintained. It is in a prominent place, it seems, in the community and remains one of the critical parts to the community.

What I did know about Ford, though, was something that I’ve read a few times and that has to do with land in the Upper Peninsula. It’s over at another slight passion of mine, and that’s the history of roads.

It’s SPAM. For some reason, I receive a subscription to Editor and Publisher at my work. I don’t understand why, because I’m not necessarily a middle rung on the ladder. But whatever. One ad in the issue I received today jumped out at me. Keep in mind, this is a journalism trade publication. So, on one of the pages, a small ad was there from Hormel.

And it was about the differences between spam and Spam. Now, Hormel would like it to be SPAM. I’d have to double check the Associated Press Stylebook, but it should be Spam for the food, and it’s a proper name for a proper food. Call it the same as Kleenex vs. tissue paper. But it is very entertaining to see that Hormel wants to alleviate confusion with bad email.


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