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A milestone this morning, as I finally got hungry enough to dare to venture near the new stove. I don't care for gas stoves, my only previous experience of them having been my grandmother's frightening and stinky 60's era abomination, so I had been putting off this meeting as long as possible, but at last I could hold out no longer, and set about baking a package of cream-cheese wontons I found in the freezer. As I am writing this now, you may take it that I managed not to blow the house up, or burn it down, or asphyxiate myself (so far), and indeed came out at the end of the process with something resembling my projected snack, and not even too terribly burnt, but I still maintain that cooking things over an open flame in this day and age is downright barbaric, and likely to end up with someone getting themselves chained to a rock having their liver devoured by eagles, see if it doesn't. You aren't fooling anybody's God with your delayed-start "Sabbath-mode" buttons, General Electric.

The morning's other highlight thus far: Mum went out the back door with the trash, and a moment later called me out to look at what had landed on our back stairs to get out of the rain:


I believe it's something in the katydid line. (That's the foot of a clawfoot tub it's sitting on, for scale -- I'm in the middle of stripping the paint off to have it for a paperweight). Not exactly something one expects to find right outside one's front door, when one lives in the city...

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robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 13th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
At least two inches long, by my eyeballing it. Verrrry noticable on the back steps, especially posed like it was. :)
polyfrog From: polyfrog Date: September 13th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)

A couple of things about stoves

for one thing, Sabbath mode doesn't generally do anything with delayed start; it disables the electronics so that you can open the oven door without the light coming on, and disables the safety shutoff so the stove keeps going long enough to have a warm dinner on Saturday night... (and a lot of other things, but delayed start isn't usually one of them)

Cooking with fire: There are real advantages to a gas cooktop. Among them the fact that when you turn it off, it's off. Now. Not "as soon as the whacking huge thermal mass of the burner element has a chance to cool down, give me a minute, it'll cool down...ok." When the pot is boiling over, turning off the gas stops it. No need to grab the pot and move it off the burner and burn your hand...

Electric ovens are better than gas, though. Because the need is exactly opposite: In an oven, you want constant even temperature. Once the oven is at 475, you want it to stay at 475, not cool down to 455 and then the burner kicks on and boosts it back up to 490 before shutting off...that thermal mass of the heating element that is a problem on the stovetop is exactly what you want in the oven.

Re: chained to a rock liver pecked out by eagles.
Prometheus is already paying this debt for you. Similar to "Christ died for our sins; lets make sure he gets his money's worth," are you really going to invalidate his eternal torment by not using the gift he gave us?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 13th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Re: A couple of things about stoves

According to the directions (yes, I'm a geek, I've been reading the directions for everything :) ), the Sabbath Mode on this model involves a random delay between pressing 'start' and the oven actually starting, one assumes so that one can gloss over the connection between the two actions. Which sounds about as peculiar to me as having a Shabbos Goy come into your house to turn it on for you, so far as the whole letter vs spirit of things is concerned, but then I'm already going to hell anyway. :)
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