So, our microwave died. Well, technically, our backup microwave died. The actual microwave that came with the house died two weeks after we moved in. It was fixed under the home warranty and lasted another year.One of my co-workers humorously opined:
The backup microwave (which was our primary microwave at the house in MA) died today with little warning. So now we're on the backup backup microwave, which is a $50 deal we bought at *least* 15 years ago for our pop-up camper.
Two is one, y'all...
What about the second emergency auxiliary backup. Come on man, be prepared!To which I replied,
That's called a Coleman stove.And the thing is, all of the above is true, and unremarkable, really.
I have two of them.
Our VA house had a built-in microwave in the kitchen. We had a recent microwave in our house in MA, so we moved it down - no sense giving it away, it worked fine, and you can always use a backup, right? The little microwave was in a box of stuff we pulled out of our pop-up camper when we sold it in 2007. Other than being a little dusty, it worked fine.
I wasn't kidding - the built-in microwave died within two weeks of us moving in. We followed up on the home warranty, and had a repair visit where the repair guy basically replaced the electronic controls (including a new panel) and it was working again. It lasted a little under a year, and then died again - in a different way. Since we never moved the backup microwave off the counter, we just continued to use it.
And then last night, *that* microwave gave up the ghost. As I was in the middle of preparing dinner. Remembering the second microwave, I frantically beat feet down to the basement storage, retrieved it, cleaned it off, and within 15 minutes we were enjoying freshly nuked green beans. At some point this weekend we'll sashay to one of the box stores and pick up another countertop microwave, and I'll look into removing the built-in to see if I can find a replacement.
As for the Coleman stoves, well, one is the liquid fuel variant that I inherited from my parents. It's at least 40 years old, but - since it's a Coleman stove - still runs like a top. The other one is newer, runs on propane and is half-grill, half-stove (single burner). It's quite useful for cooking hotdogs while boiling water for dehydrated meals (BTDT) and also has a griddle attachment so we can have pancakes and bacon while camping (we're not savages).
It's one of the great things about being an outdoors-type person. All that gear you use when camping? It's great SHTF gear. If you're into backpacking, that's even great for bugging out gear. Even if you don't camp, having a propane stove and lantern and a six-pack of fuel stashed away somewhere is a fantastic safety net for power outages and the like.
Or when your microwave gives up the ghost.
That is all.