Our fridge shorted out and caught on fire today.

It had been threatening to for a long time now.

We never really believed it was serious. Even though we constantly feared it would happen.

It was a great excuse for getting out of work a few minutes early: I have to go help my wife put out the fire in our kitchen.

Other silver lining-type details: now we get a new fridge.

On the minus side, my wife wants a fridge that is, admittedly, a good deal, and has a metallic front so we can finally do the fridge magnet thing (our old fridge had a wooden front. And it cooled with REAL ICE that we CUT FROM THE FROZEN LAKE IN WINTER (no, really, the wooden front was to match the kitchen decor)). But it is a couple inches too wide and too deep for the space, so Alpha wants me to adjust the cabinetry to make room.

I don’t know if i can do that. Guess I’ll find out tomorrow. I am not crazy about the idea, because i have a bad feeling that this is going to offset the savings from the cheap fridge by a couple orders of magnitude.