View 308: A Thanksgiving Tale

My wife getting out the turkey from our new oven on Thanksgiving.  Read the text to see how this almost did not happen.

My wife getting out the turkey from our new oven on Thanksgiving. Read the text to see how this almost did not happen. Nikon D700/24-85G, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 560, EV 0, 24mm focal length, bounced flash.

I was driving home last Tuesday night when I got a call from my wife, Merrie.  I had to wait to make a stop before I could hear the voice mail she left.  She calmly told me not to worry about the fire trucks in front of our house.  There had been a fire in the oven but she was okay as was the house.  So glad she told me as there was quite a few lights coming from the emergency vehicles as I drove down our street.

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene and they were bringing out our electric range which was full of CO2 discharge when I arrived.  Merrie had kept her wits about her and remembered there was a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.  She used it to contain the damage to the inside of the oven.  This saved further damage to the house.

After thanking our lucky stars only the range was ruined, we realized we needed a new stove as we were hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family members in less than two days. I subscribe to Consumer Reports (CR) and did a quick run through of CR’s recommended electric ranges within our budget.  Looked like Sears had a good Kenmore which was rated a CR Best Buy.  Great, we have bought a few appliances from Sears over the years and trust their Kenmore brand.

However, Sears could or would not deliver a stove the next day.  This was repeated at Home Depot and Best Buy.  Wow…you would think someone would step up and help us. It’s not like we have an oven fire every year.  I complained about this on FaceBook and was told of two local appliance dealers who could help.  One of them was right in my hometown.

The place where our old stove was with no damage to the kitchen and the new stove installed by Sheehan's Appliance the next day.

The place where our old stove was with no damage to the kitchen and the new stove installed by Sheehan’s Appliance the next day. iPhone 5 photos.

I called Sheehan’s Appliance of Baldwinsville the next morning.  They were very happy to help us.  Merrie went down later that morning and picked out her new electric range. It was delivered and installed for free by 1pm. Contrast that with the Big Box stores who charged extra for the service.  By evening, I could smell my wife’s pumpkin pies baking in the oven and she cooked the best turkey ever the next day for our family’s Thanksgiving meal.

I know last weekend was Buy Local Saturday but, in the future, I think I will be buying local more often.  Did we pay more than the one at the Big Box stores, yes, but it was worth it.  I could never say that about Best Buy, Home Depot or Sears.

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3 Responses to View 308: A Thanksgiving Tale

  1. Carsten says:

    It could have been the worst Christmas-tale in a long time.
    Noone hurt. ‘Only’ the old oven. That was lucky.
    Congrats with the new one. She does look satisfied with it 🙂
    A late happy thanksgiving.

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  2. markbialczak says:

    I’m glad that Merrie thought quick and kept the damage to the old oven, Scott. Phew, disaster diverted. It’s great that Sheehan’s came though so close to the holidays, too. Now, one last comment. I do not think you should be using this phrase in your house anymore: “fire up the oven.”

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  3. Karma says:

    What a holiday adventure! Glad it turned out okay in the end. Reminds me a little bit of this:http://karmardav.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/twas-the-weekend-before-christmas/

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