Well, the house proceeds check clears tomorrow through its Reg CC holding period, and that means the Cookie's have been shopping for a new stove.
The current electric range, dubbed "Spectra" by its maker, GE, but more commonly referred to as "Satan's Stove" by the two of us has officially worn out its welcome mat, and hopefully be gone by February first.
Why is it Satan's Stove? Using it is really is a crap shoot. So much so that I am afraid to try a brisket. When an over makes you afraid to make something that is your signature dish, it's a bad thing. Set it at 350 and it's all over the place like a driver in Paris. 340, up to 425, levels off at 375, and if you adjust the temperature down you have to use an analog dial with a digital read out. I wouldn't trust it with a meat loaf.
It's so bad that we thought about donating it, but think it would be safer on a trash heap.
So we have been appliance shopping, and it has been a brain numbing experience. All these model numbers.
And you know, Cookie wants to buy locally, because I believe in supporting local companies. Call me old fashioned, but that's what I do.
But we have shopped all the stores, large and small, because Cookie wants what he wants.
It's been a good eight years since I bought a new range, and the manufacturers are fewer, the quality is flimsier, and the prices higher.
And there is no more Magic Chef, which was TOPS in gas ranges. Now everything is Viking this, commercial that, high end, stainless (or black stainless) or worse, the dreaded "Value lines".
"What about this this one over here," I said admiring it's lines, it's finish and control panel.
"Well, it is one of our best selling value lines, and great for the person who doesn't cook. But frankly, the motherboards tend to fail and our service department manager drinks because the shipment come from Korea and the part can be here in 48 hours, or six weeks. Look it up online. Lots of angry owners."
So I asked Salesman why they sold it.
"People buy them because the interior is a pretty French blue, and when they work, they work just fine. It's really popular with people who have to do a quickie update to sell a house."
And after a while, all the stoves start looking the same.
|We are scolded for using the incorrect terminology.|
At different store the sales "associate" ("unlike sales persons, we don't work on commission...") felt the need to correct me and scold me on my use of terminology.
"Now don't confuse a stove with a range," said she.
"A stove is a stand alone unit with both a cooktop and an oven. A range is mounted on top of your counter top," she said with a tone of voice that scraped at the the very marrow of my bones.
"Well, where we're from, a stove and a range are the same thing, a cooktop is what is installed on your counter..." I made the mistake of saying.
"Then you are never going to find what you want because you are using the incorrect terminology."
And with that she lost me as a customer and we left.
At the next to last store we made it through the gauntlet of other shoppers and and screaming children to the section where they held the things that you cook food with heat and Reggie decided that we were his customers.
Looking at a unit that we both liked I asked: How much. This was a mistake.
"Normally it's three thousands dollars, but it's on sale through the 21st for $2,100, tax and delivery not included on the HG37XSESSVPP90Q."
I point to one exactly like it sitting next to it and ask why the price is under two-grand.
|As Reggie rattled off the model numbers, my brain began to hurt,|
and my mind buzzed with letters and numbers and figures.
"Well that model is a HG37YSESSVPP90Q, and it has stainless steel oven racks instead of the 'SmipliClean' racks that come with the HG37XSESSVPP90Q. Now if you were interested in the wok stand, you can get that and the better racks on the HG37XSESSSVPP91Q, and with that you get the choice of the commercial style handles or last years Sculptura handles," says the sales person.
And which are the better racks?
"Well that depends on how you use your oven."
I am shown the the HG37XSESSWPP90Q, the HG37XSESSXPP91Q, and the HG37XSSESVPP90Q, which is not the same as the HG37XSESSXPP91R, according to the salesperson who lowers his voice as if to say something disparaging and out comes "which was last years big seller. I have one at my Springfield store but it's missing the meat thermometer."
"Well we can't have that," says the husband, "can we."
Reggie missed that bit of sarcastic irony as it went sailing over his head.
"Now this one," says the sales clerk bring something up on a giant touch screen as large as most people's TV sets, "combines all of the features I showed you on the HG37XSESSVPP90Q and the HG37XSESSWPP90Q, the HG37XSESSXPP91QRC, which we don't have on the floor but comes with a phone app so you can start your over if you are leaving the office."
"The good news is the HG37XSESSXPP91QRC is only $3,250, plus $65 delivery fee which we rebate back to you after the range is delivered and you record the model number. and your 6.5% sales tax."
The sound of his voice has been replaced with an odd buzzing sound in my mind. My brian was flatlining.
"And they all have the sabbath feature."
I blink. Now I hear crickets. Just crickets.
By the time it was 4pm yesterday my head was about to explode
Anyhow, we found a "slide in range that gives us two ovens - one in the warming drawer oven (it will cook up to 425 degrees), five burners (cause when Cookie cooks, Cookie cooks) and is stainless. And the controls in front where the Husband likes them.
And its Gas.
And it's on sale.
So now I have to see if I can get local appliance guy to drop the price to what the other local chain is willing to part with at.
And if I can get him to throw in a dishwasher, too.