Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Revolutionary "Family Hub"

One of the more useless “high-tech” products recently being advertised on TV is the Samsung “Family Hub” refrigerator. The ideal companion for your smart phone, at a suggested retail price of just under a budget busting $7000, it’s the smart, Internet friendly fridge with three amazing cameras inside! Now you can check what’s chillin' on your iPhone while you walk through the supermarket frozen food aisle. Really? Do I really need something like this? I guess it might be handy if I had a fridge like the one in their demo photos. 

Their entire sample refrigerator contains: 

  • 2 bottles of pop
  • 1 small cake
  • 1 bowl of fruit(?)
  • 1 small plate of what looks like a desert
  • 1 bowl of green stuff with cherry tomatoes
  • 2 deviled eggs on a plate
Who has a fridge like that? I suppose if you live alone, eat out a lot, and don't cook much...maybe. But with a fridge that contains only 6 things do you really need to double check it when you make your once-a-month trip to the supermarket? Particularly when you're probably just there to buy a 6 pack of beer.

Out of curiosity, I went to our fridge just now and made a list of what’s in it:

  • 1 small container of ham salad
  • 1 large container of cole slaw, half eaten
  • 1 ½ gallons of milk
  • A pitcher of water with celery sticking out of it.
  • 3 steaks thawing
  • 1 foil covered bowl (I think it's leftover pork barbecue)
  • ½ pan of dried out chocolate pudding desert, at least a week old
  • 1 large watermelon
  • 4 bottles of pop
  • 5 cartons of low-carb chocolate protein shake 
  • 2 egg cartons (how many eggs inside unknown)
  • 1 large tub of cream cheese
  • 1 large tub of cottage cheese
  • 1 large tub of sour cream
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 2 lb. butter
  • 2 packages shredded cheese
  • 2 jars mayonnaise
  • 1 jar grape jelly
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 jar pickle relish
  • 1 bottle steak sauce
  • 1 bottle Sriracha sauce
  • 1 bottle soy sauce
  • 1 bottle ketchup
  • Several bottles of salad dressing in assorted flavors
  • 6 ears of corn
  • 1 bottle of coffee creamer
  • 2 crisper drawers full of wilted veggies
  • 3 vials of insulin

If there were three cameras in our fridge, do you know what you’d see? A half empty jug of milk, a watermelon and a pitcher of celery.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Not Much Happening

It's been a little while since I last posted, so I thought I'd drop in and do a quick update. Not much going on since my last post. I had a CT scan a couple of weeks ago and visited Dr. Whoosh's office for an update. Got to talk to his NP, he was out of town. My cancer is still growing and they want me to see a pulmonologist in Gotham that caters to cancer patients to investigate my shortness of breath. Possible that they may try drawing off some more fluid. That's a week from today, then back to Dr. Whoosh a week later. If I've learned nothing else over the last two years, it's that doctors don't get in a hurry to do anything. I've been having trouble loosing more weight. After my last trip to the hospital I lost about 15 pounds in about a week, then it just plateaued. Up and down a pound or two every day, I seem to have hit a glass floor. Every time I gain or loose more than 3 pounds, a nurse from home health care calls me to make sure I wasn't holding an anvil when I stepped on the scales. They get so uptight about a couple of pounds. I can understand if I was somewhere around my "ideal" weight. Three pounds would be like gaining a second head. When you're as big as me, it's less than 1% of my body weight...I can just about fart real loud and loose that much weight. Hopefully I'll have more to report next time around.