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Adding to my innertube frustrations on Thursday: We were supposed to be getting our new refrigerator delivered. We bought it last month. But Sears never called me, and when I called them, it got very confusing with the departments and the voice menus and the busy signals and the unanswered extensions and the contradictory runaround. They didn’t seem to have our fridge or know anything about it.

Then I got a e-bill from BellSouth, for current phone and internet services. What the hell does this mean? I don’t have phone or internet.

It turns out that these two things are related. The reason I didn’t get a call from Sears was that they tried my land line, which hasn’t worked since the flood.

Yes, Sears and I finally connected. For a bit they were suggesting that the fridge had already been delivered that morning. “Are you sure it’s not there?”

Indeed, the delivery guy had come by the house earlier that morning, while I was at work. They sent him back around, and we got our fridge.

New Fridge

I had to sign for it, and as I did so, I noticed that the delivery guy had made a note when he stopped by the first time: Entire block is abandoned.

Even so, there are signs of life on our block tonight. The Mexican guys have fixed up another house and a whole Mexican family seems to have moved in, complete with children, and tonight they’re having a party, and the block is ringing with loud music for the first time since the Big Storm.

It’s almost like the old days, except the music is mariachi and corrido instead of hip-hop and R&B.

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  1. I have a pickup. I got my refrigerator and dryer right away. Knowing how ridiculous delivery schedules are these days, you should consider getting in touch with me if you have to do something like this again:

    schroeder915 at yahoo dot com

  2. Tim Tim

    If you like that kind of music, as I do, you could just open the windows and enjoy! We’ve had the windows open almost every day for the past week. Saturdays are my favorite on WWOZ becuase of the latin jazz. I can’t understand a single word of it, but it’s happy and upbeat, and it doesn’t distract me from my work.
    Congrats on the new appliance and your ability to negotiate with Sears without blowing a gasket.

  3. My friend bought a fridge from Sears and picked it up. A few days later Sears delivered another to her house. She decided to keep both. She gave the extra one to her boyfriend. Post K madness.

  4. rickngentilly rickngentilly

    the guys from sears brought us a broken fridge the first time….. the second time was a keeper ……… the trip part was both times they didnt use dollys…… they used straps and
    carried the fridge with pure backpower………man i feel old…….

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