(Alternate Title: "Another Day in my Glamorous Life")
I haven't posted in two weeks here, not sure why - since, as always, I have a million plus thoughts playing pinball in my head. The ideas build up, but instead of writing I've been weeding the side perennial garden, thinking about preparing the vegetable beds for a fall garden (but only thinking thus far), dealing with unemployment (another rant is due soon), dealing with a recently awarded grant (yay!), transitioning to a new research home (which will occur over the next few months), working with the lab on a manuscript (to submit here, a journal with a humbling 8% acceptance rate), and...
...defrosting the Airstream refrigerator-freezer.
Airstream Note to Self No. 9:
I've been procrastinating defrosting the Airstream refrigerator-freezer for no reason other than it's not such a fun thing to do. And I must confess this is the first time that I've defrosted it, since I moved in back in late July of 2009. But the weekend after my 1-year Airstream Anniversary party seemed as good a time as any. During the week prior, I tried to eat up the contents, and so only had to store condiments and some salad dressing in a color while the freezer was defrosting. This is the original 1973 unit, and runs off of electricity or propane - and unfortunately doesn't have an automatic defrost mode.
Or an ice maker.
I don't have any images prior to defrosting, but ice had built up badly in the freezer compartment, in fact, so badly (I'm embarrassed to say) that it had surrounded a container of chili placed in there months (and months?) ago.
Ice had also built up in the back of the refrigerator, along the metal sheets that transfer cold air into the compartment. I need to read up a bit about this, because I'd like to find out if a different setting (warmer or cooler) would prevent this. It's now been clean for almost two weeks, and part of these metal sheets are already frozen over (perhaps this is due to the summer humidity? and air condenses on the metal and freezes?). Also, notice the wide-V-shaped part under the metal sheets - this is designed to catch the water dripping off the sheets, and has a tube that takes the water to the back of the refrigerator, so that the water runs 'outside' (more or less, see below).
(I'll read a bit up on this, and check back in and update this post soon - because I'm sure you are all dying to know why this is happening).
So - there is a tube that should send the water to the rear of the refrigerator, an area that is accessible from the outside of the Airstream. The top arrow, above, points to the tube - and the bottom arrow, above, points to an area where the tube was dripping water. Now, call me crazy, but this didn't seem like a great place to be leaking, since the water was essentially dripping awfully close to the where the refrigerator-freezer is plugged in to an outlet. I'm guessing that I need to orient the tube differently, so this is something that I need to look into before the next time I defrost the unit (which needs to be more frequently than once per year!).
Yes, the Pointer Sisters were around while I was defrosting the refrigerator-freezer, and while they didn't get in the way, there weren't awhole lot of help either. I think they were bummed that there wasn't random refrigerator contents lying around, like huge hunks of cheese, that they could devour. All-in-all I think they thought that the whole process was a bit boring. Imagine that.