Wednesday, February 21, 2007

We are cool again

Yup. This morning, our new refrigerator/freezer was delivered.

The Bauknecht service administration called me yesterday to let me know that the delivery truck would be in our region between 9 and 11 am. At 9:15, the doorbell rang (I almost consider this being late for Swiss ....) and to my surprise, there was only one tiny, thin man (about 5'6") standing outside with a tool box. I kept the door open and stuck my head outside after I had let him in, thinking that someone would follow him with our new fridge, and with a short laugh, he said: "There's no one else. Just me."

I must say, our refrigerator/freezers here do not have the dimensions of North American ones, but still, we have many stairs here (split level house) and I wondered how he'd take it down one flight of stairs to the entrance and up two again on his own. After dismanteling the cover panels and pulling out the old fridge, he went out to the truck. I saw him coming back with the new refrigerator strapped on somekind of a trolley. No problem to get to the entrance; we have a bicycle ramp, but then will he ruin our wooden stairs with his trolley? Nope. All of a sudden, I heard an electric motor and see here; he had a stair climber built in to the trolley.

Anyway, the new fridge is installed, filled up again and it works. The one downstais is happy with only wine, beer and non alcoholic drinks. The only thing we have to get used to now is that the freezer part is on the top (and we used to have 3 drawers that I will miss) and the fact that I will probably be running down three flights of stairs to the extra fridge in the coming days for nothing, purely out of habit.

But hey, we're cool again.


Ginnie said...

That's cool, CS, especially after reading your last post!

A stair climber? Well, believe it or not, Donica and I are trying to figure out how to build or find a stairclimber for our suitcases when we go back-n-forth to our apt. in Hannover. I'm very sure those 65 stairs helped give Donica her hernia!!!

Anyway, congratulations! Be cool!

Shelli said...

Awesome! At least you will get your exercise that way.

Ex-Shammickite said...

What a luxury to have a working fridge! When I was a kid, we didnt even have electricity, so therefore no fridge, and my mother had to boil all the milk and stand the milk bottles in cold water during hot thundery weather. Boiled milk tastes AWFUL!

CanadianSwiss said...

Ginnie: Well, I knew the stair climber on wheelchairs, but I'm not sure Donica's ready for that just yet ;)

Shelli: We have so many stairs in this house (49 from basement to the top), that I get all my exercise just by cleaning ;)

Ex-Shammi: Boiled milk?? I'm with you.... Blech!

Expat Traveler said...

we should be getting our new sofa in about an hr!

Yeah for new fridges and less hassles!

Jay said...

For the love of dairy - thank god!

Mr. Fabulous said...

A second fridge just for drinks?

More glamorous parties!

CanadianSwiss said...

ET: Will you post a picture of teh new sofa?

Jay: Yep. No more sour milk in my coffee.

Fab: Didn't you want to plan a European trip? That would give us a good reason for a party.

Big Bear said...

After I've seen you running down and up the stairs so often on Tuesday eve, I'm sure this new fridge will help you to gain back all of the lost calories in a short time. Congratulations! Did you already give the fridge a name? We give all our housekeeping mashines names. Our dishwashing mashine is called "Minna" for example. The Indian dinner was just suuuuper! I copied around 30 of your recipes today.

CanadianSwiss said...

Big B: Did I loose so much weight? ;) Actually, I'm trying not to overfill this one, but the tendency to the contrary has already started.

I'm glad you (and Mrs Big B) liked the curry. It was a pleasure to cook with you. I will have to show this on blog, though. You know that :)

Haddock said...

Having a fridge for beer is always a good idea! :)

CanadianSwiss said...

You bet, Haddock! Beer, wine and other delicious beverages :)