A New Quintet


Great quintets are a rare find in almost any genre, under any situation.  There just aren’t that many of them.  Duos, trios, quartets, these are a dime a dozen, but fives, you probably need to stop and think about these for a while. And then they slowly begin to percolate, the Jackson 5, Miles Davis Quintet, Rolling Stones, the Scooby Gang. But these venerable groups all pale in comparison to the newest quintet to grace our happy home.

Our kitchen took a major step toward completion yesterday with the installation of our new GE Profile gas range. To say the least Julie was pleased as punch to get back in the kitchen and actually cook dinner without having to drive somewhere first.  It wasn’t anything fancy, seasoned chicken breasts and curry eggplant and onions – but it was fresh, hot, and didn’t come with a bill at the end of the night.

So now we are tying up some loose ends and finishing some cosmetic to-dos, but the end is certainly in sight, and we are definitely pleased with the results.  And as we have time to reflect on the work that’s been done, I keep coming back to the same conclusion.  Our new appliances are smarter than we are.

It’s not that I fear our food machines awakening at night and over powering us, I’m just saying they probably could if they had appendages.  Our microwave tells us what buttons to push for a desired function.  It also automatically opens a panel at the top  to increase venting.  The oven and the refrigerator have Sabbath modes to ensure they do not create additional sparks – always good to know inanimate objects are more observant Jews than I am.  But the top honors go to the fridge.  It beeps at you to close the door, it can speed up the freezer to preserve fresh meats, and it will remind you that you put a bottle or can inside the freezer to chill.

I know that these revelations will not impress those of you with up-to-date appliances – but my fridge has more memory than my first computer and I think that’s note worthy.

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