DURABLE GOODS PURCHASES ARE UP IN JULY!….I may talk a good Bush-bashing game, but out in the real world I’m doing my best to pump up the economy and help our president win a second term. Last week I got a new air conditioner for my car ? admittedly, not exactly a voluntary purchase on my part ? and today our new refrigerator came. It’s a high-efficiency model, which means it should pay for itself! In about a century or so.

Anyway, it recommends a temperature of 37 degrees for the refrigerator, which seems about right, and 0 degrees for the freezer. Zero? Do they control the refrigerator in Fahrenheit and the freezer in Celsius?

Nope, it’s all in Fahrenheit. But doesn’t 32 degrees below freezing seem awfully cold? Our old one sure didn’t get that cold.

Oh well, I’m sure they know what they’re doing. And while flipping through the owner’s manual to make sure this was all correct, I came across the following list of “sounds that are normal”:


  • Whir!


  • Water Sounds

That’s good to know.