Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
I don't know if you would call it an appliance, but my grill comes to mind first. The fridge and freezer are probably must haves, though. Central heat and air, as nice as they are, are not essential to me. I grew up in Florida without either. The washing machine comes in pretty high on the list, but I also grew up line drying the clothes, so the dryer is not a priority. Water heater ranks high as a necessity.
Got no microwave, no TV - I would say it's my wood stove, because everything else depends on electricity, but if that were out, I could still stay warm and cook on the wood stove. Summer would be a different story, though!
_________________________ If it's brokenless, don't suffix it...
When the power goes the fridge and the furnace are the two most missed. I guess the fridge would be number one. But without the electric light bulb New England winters would suck. A few weeks are fine but a whole winter of darkness would require heavy drinking ...
Last year just before Christmas (2007) I got a new Amana bottom freezer refridgerator. Simply wonderful!!!
Best buy I ever made I think. The fridge is the most important. Think about it. It keeps food fresh. AS a lad we heated with a wood stove. One right in the middle of the living room. Mom had gas range but we had a fridge. Our house didn't have many electrical outlets so we didn't have too many electric appliances and we always kept a kerosene lamp handy for the often power outages.
Have you ever drink warm mild right out of the cow? Sure you can drink it but having a way to cool it is so wonderful if you know times when you don't have it.
That is the thing. We are so used to having certain things that we don't know how it is when we don't. My grand folks, for a while, when I was a we one, had an old "ice box". The kind where you guy a chunk of ice and put it in the box to keep the food chilled. One really appreciates a refridgerator. Of course having to physically cut wood for the house and the stove is something most people have never experianced so having a heated house that automatically keeps the room warm is nice also. In the old days, we spent most saturdays cutting wood for the house, using a chain saw and a bigger circular saw mounted and powered by one of our tractors. Sure bests using the old two man manual saw to cut trees but still a lot of work.
When I asked my 86 year old sister what she thought was the most important thing she has witnessed since she was born in 1921 she thought for just a moment and said it was the electrification of the country. Even though electricity was available for many cities in the latter part of the 19th century it didn't reach our area until the late 1930's and even into the 40's so I bet she was right.
If we don't count our blessings We are just wasting our time
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