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The life and times of Zack Weinberg.

Sunday, 18 August 2002

# 7:45 PM

apartment life, joys of

Instructions for setting up my shiny new microwave oven:

The plug must be plugged into an outlet that is properly installed and grounded. Plug the three-prong power cord into a properly grounded outlet of standard 115-120 voltage, 60 Hz. Your oven should be the only appliance on this circuit.

Considering that there is exactly one circuit for the entire apartment, and that the building was wired back in the days when Real Electricians didn't use three-hole outlets, this is going to be difficult.

Oh, also, what's something you don't want to smell on opening up a box containing a food-prep appliance? Model airplane glue! I suspect it's the paint, and I suspect it'll be fine if left to air out for awhile, but still.

# 2:15 AM

I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond in search of a microwave, but the only thing they had was the Sharp "half pint", which is accurately described as super-deformed. (Check out the red and blue models.)

Managed to find a full-sized one at Macy's.