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    Growing Fairfield Twp. needs larger police headquarters: What to know – Hamilton Journal News - January 15, 2020 by admin

    FAIRFIELD TWP.

    Last year, Fairfield Twp. focused on getting its fire department a better functional station.

    This year, its the police departments turn.

    Construction to remodel and expand the Fairfield Twp. police station is likely to start later this year as its anticipated trustees will hire a contractor this spring if everything goes as scheduled, said Fairfield Twp. Administrator Julie Vonderhaar.

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    The township is seeking qualifications from developers by Friday, and proposals would be due this spring. The contractor hired would determine when construction starts, but Vonderhaar said the project could take up to a year.

    Included in the remodeling of the 3,500-square-foot building is an expansion on the front side that will include nine offices and a new lobby, records room, secure properties office and conference room. There will be three restrooms and the possibility for additional rooms. The remodeling of the existing building will include relocating partitions, and new floors, ceiling tiles and lighting.

    The expansion will also require additional fencing to the southeast corner with a gated entrance and redeveloped parking area for police vehicles.

    The existing under-roof parking bays to the rear of the building will also be enclosed as part of the remodeling project.

    Weve outgrown the department, said Fairfield Twp. Assistant Chief Doug Lanier. When we first moved into this department, we just had an office at the administration building.

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    The department moved into the building in 2002 with about 10 fewer full-time employees. Today they have 21 sworn officers with two more to be hired later this year and two full-time clerks. They also have a part-time property room clerk.

    The remodel and expansion will address three key areas of improvement needed, Lanier said: more space, better operational efficiency and better workflow.

    Weve got a lot more people doing a lot more work, Lanier said. Weve moved personnel from one office to the other, weve turned offices into storage, weve moved the property room and evidence room around.

    The working conditions are not unlike Fairfield Twp.s old fire station 212 on Tylersville Road before it was relocated to a new building last year on Gilmore Road.

    The township has boomed in population since 1990 when it was 9,753 residents. Today, there are nearly 23,000 residents living in the township, a 130-plus percent growth over the past 30 years. Lanier said that growth does not include the townships business growth and day-time traffic, which is also growing.

    Vonderhaar said the project could cost about $1.2 million.

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    Remodeling the Appalachian Trail – WVTF - January 15, 2020 by admin

    If you think remodeling your kitchen is a lot of work, what if you had a fixer upper thats more than 2-thousand miles long. Yes, the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Florida and through Virginia is getting a makeover so it can be more accessible to people of various skill levels.

    Literally, one step at a time, volunteers have been remaking sectionss of the Appalachian Trail that are too vertical, too precarious or just worn out.

    Bruce Agnew is a Volunteer Steward of the AT. Back in the old days, they just ran it up the side of the mountain. And we've been maintaining those steep grades for 50 years, 75 years. So, let's make the grade a little bit gentler."

    We met up with him on a New Years Day Hike in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness that comprises Virginias Giles and Craig Counties. Its a three-year project, 6,000 linear feet, a lot of stone steps and a, a, a lot of cutting side Hill. Literally cutting into a hillside, pulling the dirt out, creating a nice flat trail as it winds around the side of the mountain.

    And let me just show you one photo of a section of trail that we finished about a year ago,

    He shows us a picture of one section with what looks like a gently curved a staircase to a stone mansion. But at the top, all there is more wilderness. Hey, great picture, the hikers with us say. Very straight, and even."

    The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club has been doing this work and more volunteers are more than welcome. People come from all over the country and the world to help in these efforts. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, based in Blacksburg, makes sure they have tools and training to get the job done.

    We use local material within a very short distance of where the steps are going in. We're hauling heavy tools, but we're not hauling a stone any further than we have to.

    Several years ago, the Appalachian trail Conservancy decided its better to have a trail that is less steep. People like people like me can make it up a gentler slope.

    Agnew is retired but he doesnt appear to have slowed down. The new, gentler trails follow the available topography when possible. Some are relocated to make them more sustainable.

    A steep trail erodes much more rapidly than a gentler sloping trail because water running down hill has a erosional capabilities. The gentler the slope, the less erosion, the less erosion, the less maintenance, the less maintenance, the less work that the trail maintainers have to do to maintain that section of trail that they're responsible for.

    The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's flagship Konnarock crew program, founded in 1983, named after its original base camp in southwest Virginia, is looking for volunteers of all experience levels and backgrounds, any age over 18. No experience necessary. The ATC provides training, equipment, room and board.

    Here's a section of trail that we put in about 40 or 50 stone steps. It takes about three people, four people to move one of those steps into place. And I mean, to be a part of that and to be able to come back five years, 10 years down the road and step on these things and make sure they don't wobble. Agnew Trails off: Well, thats a job well done.

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    Arkansas Federal Credit Union union moving to $12M west Little Rock facility – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - January 15, 2020 by admin

    Arkansas Federal Credit Union is paying $12 million for a building in west Little Rock that will become the organization's new corporate home.

    Arkansas Federal announced Tuesday that over the next 18-24 months it will move its primary operations from Jacksonville to the 97,000-square-foot building at 5800 Ranch Drive that housed the nonprofit Family Life.

    Family Life will continue operating at the site until August.

    "After a three-year search for space to accommodate our growing operations and membership, we felt the building's size, quality, location and value were the perfect fit for us," Rodney Showmar, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Federal, said in a news release. "We are excited to be able to have all of our operations staff under one roof in this new facility."

    The new headquarters will accommodate 200 employees and has plenty of room for expansion, the company said, noting that it also will build a full-service branch on site to serve the area. Remodeling is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

    The credit union serves 108,000 members at 15 branches in Arkansas. It has $1.2 billion in assets.

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    Arkansas Federal Credit Union to move HQ from Jacksonville to west Little Rock – Arkansas Online - January 15, 2020 by admin

    Arkansas Federal Credit Union is paying $12 million for a building in west Little Rock that will become the organizations new home.

    Arkansas Federal announced Tuesday that over the next 18-24 months it will move its primary operations from Jacksonville to the 97,000-square-foot building at 5800 Ranch Drive that housed the nonprofit Family Life.

    Family Life will continue operating at the site until August.

    After a three-year search for space to accommodate our growing operations and membership, we felt the buildings size, quality, location and value were the perfect fit for us, Rodney Showmar, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Federal, said in a news release. We are excited to be able to have all of our operations staff under one roof in this new facility."

    The new headquarters will accommodate 200 employees and has plenty of room for expansion, the company said, noting that it also will build a full-service branch on site to serve the area. Remodeling is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

    The credit union serves 108,000 members at 15 branches in Arkansas. It has $1.2 billion in assets.

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    Cobre may return 6th grade to Snell – Silver City Daily Press and Independent - January 15, 2020 by admin

    (Press Staff Photo by C.P. Thompson)Ralph Toy Sepulveda and Frank Cordova are sworn in by Magistrate Judge Hector Grijalva during a school board meeting Monday. They were reelected in Novembers first-ever consolidated local election.

    The Cobre Consolidated Schools Board of Education heard from the district superintendent during their Monday meeting about the possibilities of moving sixth-grade students to Snell Middle School. Board members also tabled the superintendents contract because of time constraints.

    Our elementaries are tight, Superintendent Robert Mendoza said. We have no more room. Theres no classrooms. The only way to get immediate relief from the elementaries is that we move the sixth grade [next year], the current fifth-graders, instead of being sixth grade in their elementaries, will be bused to Snell Middle School.

    This year, the school includes just seventh and eighth grades.

    Mendoza said this will be discussed with school administrators, and then a plan will be created for board approval. Snell Principal Pat Abalos has already expressed he is willing to take them, Mendoza said.

    I think we really have to educate the community and get the community on board also, because, if not, we may have a lot of parents that are going to be really against it, said Deputy Superintendent George Peru. We were really aggressive, going after all these buildings. I mean, theres a lot of districts in the state that didnt put up as many schools as we did. But when we went after [the schools], we had a lot of layoffs [at the mines], so we built the schools for the amount of kids that we had at that time.

    Associate Superintendent Jose Carrillo said that sixth-graders were originally moved to the elementary because Snell was being remodeled.

    If you remember, we had seventh and eighth grades here at the high school, he said. And sixth grade went to the elementaries to help with that remodeling. We had the space at the time.

    Carrillo said the districts early childhood programs have increased in numbers, and Mendoza assured board members that, so far, this move is just at the discussion level.

    The board went into closed session for about an hour to discuss Mendozas contract and evaluation, but the action items were tabled after the board emerged.

    We did not finish the evaluation, said board President Ralph Toy Sepulveda. Were going to table that, and resume at the next board meeting.

    Magistrate Judge Hector Grijalva swore in Sepulveda and Frank Cordova as board members during the meeting, after they were re-elected in Novembers first-ever consolidated local election. The board then voted on officers for the year, and Cordova made the motion to keep the same board members as last year Sepulveda as president, Cordova as vice president and Frank Gomez as secretary. Gomez seconded the motion, and it was passed by the board, with Gilbert Guadiana being the only one to vote against.

    I think the current makeup of the leadership of the board doesnt prioritize to get more people to participate in the meetings, Guadiana told the Daily Press.

    He also complained that the board doesnt talk about the students education, strategies and issues even when there is a substantive strategic plan.

    The current leadership of the board circumvents information to the board that should go to the board by engaging in one-on-one conversation with the superintendent, he said. The leadership is not fulfilling our responsibility of fiscal oversight.

    During public input, Ruben Udero, coach of the Cobre Youth Wrestling program, said he would like a key to the facility at Cobre High School for practices. He said there have been multiple times that he had to call wrestling coach Reyne Maynes and Athletic Director Nelson Diaz to open the facility.

    I feel like, why shouldnt I have a key? Udero said. I dont even lend my keys to my coaches. To tell you the truth, people, I just dont see any sense. I am not your enemy. Im not going to destroy that place. The success of this wrestling program is because of the feeder programs.

    Peru updated the board on school construction projects, one of which is a new well at San Lorenzo Elementary.

    We got cleared last Thursday, he said. We can open that well to the public, and theyre going to let us connect everything. So what well do is well hook everything up. Well just continue to test it. Right now, they feel that its OK for public use, especially after we start treating it.

    The new well will pump more than 30 gallons per minute, Peru said after the meeting. The old well it replaces would sometimes run dry.

    Fixing a problem with heating at the high school wrestling room, Peru said, will be about $6,000 for a new unit.

    Construction of an auxiliary gym at Cobre High is on hold because of a lack of funds.

    Once [President Donald] Trump put all those tariffs in, the [cost for] metal went through the roof, and we couldnt do anything, he said. We went now to check to see if we could do it with block, and the block is right at about the same cost. We can build one, but were only going to get about half the size that we had anticipated wed be able to get for the money we were going to put in. And if we build one half that size, we wont be able to accommodate the wrestling, the basketball and all those things at one time.

    Peru said he visited with Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and District 28 state Sen. Gabe Ramos about the auxiliary gym, and that district is short by about $500,000 to $600,000.

    In other news, Guadiana made a motion to allow No Regrets Basketball to use Cobre facilities, but there was no second from another board member, killing the request. Board members approved a preventive maintenance plan, which will now go to the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority, Peru said.

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    Mack’s Wings off to flying start in north Tulsa – Tulsa World - January 15, 2020 by admin

    Kimberly Manning had hit one of those crossroads in her professional career working for a high-profile insurance company.

    The company was consolidating offices, and I was going to have to move or find a new job, Manning said. My husband (Michael) saw that this space was coming open and thought we should open a restaurant.

    I thought he was crazy. I had no restaurant experience, but he kept talking to me about opening a wing spot, and I warmed up to that.

    So about three months ago, the Mannings opened Macks Wings in space that has held several restaurants, including Uncle Herms, Sweet Lisas Caf (now at 1717 N. Peoria Ave.) and Reba Dales BBQ (now a food truck rotating between the Oklahoma City area and Tulsa).

    I have chosen not to rate this restaurant because it essentially has one item chicken wings. It has a line of sauces, plus a sauce of the week, which was bourbon barbecue when we were there.

    The standard sauces are mild, medium or hot buffalo; lemon pepper, Oklahoma dry rub, Mack sauce (a sweet and tangy buffalo sauce) and hot lemon twist (hot buffalo with lemon pepper seasoning).

    The wings may be ordered by the piece, starting with 10 wings for $9.49 and going all the way to 100 wings for $93.99, or in combos with regular or sweet potato fries, carrot and celery sticks and a 20-ounce drink.

    We opted for the combos. We got six wings with the dry rub, six with the Mack sauce and six with the hot lemon twist (World photographer Matt Barnard sampled the latter) for $8.99 each. We also received a small container of ranch dipping sauce for the veggies.

    Barnard said the hot lemon twist had a pleasing flavor and some pizzazz without blowing off the top of your head.

    If you like chicken relatively plain, then the dry rub is the way to go. It was mild and let the flavor of the chicken shine. I liked the Mack sauce as something between mild and spicy, and it had a little sweetness to it.

    Michael developed the sauces, and we plan to add some more, probably roasted garlic and traditional flavors, Kimberly said.

    The dining room is relatively small four red-cushioned booths and four high-tops but it is a new and comfortable space for dine-in guests. A large aerial skyline view of downtown Tulsa decorates one wall.

    Michael did all of the remodeling himself, Kimberly said.

    The restaurant is named after the owners 11-year-old daughter, Mackenzie.

    She has her handlers permit, and she is pretty good on the register, Michael said.

    Both Mannings come from interesting backgrounds.

    Michael, who is a sizable man, was raised in Georgia and played basketball at Clemson University and Coker University, both in South Carolina. He also played for two years in Lisbon, Spain, when he was in his early 20s. He moved to Tulsa in 2006, and today works as a defense attorney.

    He said he first envisioned owning a restaurant so his older sister in South Carolina could move here and go into business with him.

    That didnt work out, but I still liked the idea, he said.

    Kimberly, a native Tulsan, served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a security guard in Madagascar, an island off the east coast of Africa, and in the West African country of Togo.

    It was an eye-opening experience, she said. There was so much poverty over there. You really appreciate coming home.

    Macks Wings has been operating Thursday through Sunday, but beginning Monday, it will go to seven days a week.

    We wanted to ease into it at first, but I think we have it down pretty good now, Kimberly said.

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    What Is a Wet Room – Bathroom Design and Layout Trend – HouseBeautiful.com - January 9, 2020 by admin

    A wet room may sound mysterious and potentially freaky, but it's actually quite simple and exactly what it sounds like: a bathroom wherein everything is optimized to thrive in a wet environment. "A lot of homeowners are doing away with the door completely. This is part of the wet room trend. Thats a bathroom where all or most of the surfaces are intended to get wet. Its a very space-efficient strategy, since it allows you to cram more functionalityopen shower, tub, toilet, vanityinto the same amount of space," explains Dan DiClerico, Dan DiClerico, home expert for HomeAdvisor.

    Some wet rooms are outfitted from floor to ceiling with water-friendly materials while others are a more flexible interpretations of a wet room. In some cases, a designer will choose to divide the bathroom into dry and wet sections, just like a baker would. So in one area, you'll find the toilet and sink and then the bathtub and shower in another zone. They can be separated by a glass door or half partition, but wide open curtain-free wet rooms are gaining popularity.

    The key is that the floors and walls are sealed properly in the splashing zones and that there is proper drainage, preferably in the center of the room. This is a good alternative for those who don't want to fully commit or appreciate some softer, water-averse materials incorporated into the design.

    Whether you go all out or take the section-by-section approach, wet rooms seem like a practical thing to consider during a bathroom renovation since choosing materials that are resilient in wet conditions means the space will wear better. This is a bathroom, after all. But there are a few deterrents. For example, your bathroom has to be equipped with plumbing be the right size to accomodate a wet room.

    Interior designer Jean Stoffer describers one project to House Beautiful, saying the client's "daughters needed to have both a shower and a tub so the layout worked perfectly to include a wet room, which had both" in the same area. Visually, it creates continuity and flow.

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    HomeAdvisor’s Chief Economist And Home Expert To Speak At The 2020 Kitchen And Bath Industry Show "Voices From The Industry Conference" -… - January 9, 2020 by admin

    DENVER, Jan. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAdvisor's Chief Economist Mischa Fisher and HomeAdvisor's Home Expert Dan DiClerico will be leading talks as a part of the "Voices from the Industry Conference" at the upcoming 2020 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) held in Las Vegas.

    Fisher's panel,"Labor Force Shortages & The Skills Gap," will cover the latest research on labor market dynamics, how public policy is impacting the overall issue, and show hands on new strategies for recruiting the best new talent and maintaining a competitive edge. DiClerico's panel, "Top 10 Trends in Residential Housing," will be offering a unique perspective on remodeling and design, standing at the intersection of the homeowner and the home service professional. In this talk on housing trends, he'll share insights from these two groupspros and consumersdrawing on data from HomeAdvisor surveys and cost reports, along with other industry sources.

    HomeAdvisor's Chief Economist, Mischa Fisher "Labor Force Shortages & The Skills Gap"WHEN:Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM WHERE:Las Vegas Convention Center Room N229

    HomeAdvisor's Home Expert, Dan DiClerico "Top 10 Trends in Residential Housing" WHEN:Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM WHERE:Las Vegas Convention Center Room N223

    About Mischa Fisher Mischa Fisher is the Chief Economist for HomeAdvisor and ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Economist with HomeAdvisor, Mr. Fisher was Chief Economist at the State of Illinois where he served as the economic policy advisor to the Governor while overseeing the state agencies responsible for workforce, housing, and professional licensing.

    In that role, Mr. Fisher designed many of the state's efforts to compassionately improve capital and labor market liquidity while working on issues surrounding marketplace platforms, job mobility, and residential investment.

    He is an instructor in quantitative analysis at Northwestern University SESP and was formerly a deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and a legislative director in the United States Congress in Washington, D.C.

    About Dan DiClerico Dan DiClerico is an experienced speaker and thought leader in the real estate, remodeling and home product space. DiClerico joined HomeAdvisor in 2017 as the company's smart home strategist, overseeing all content related to smart homes and the internet of things.

    Prior to joining HomeAdvisor, DiClerico was the senior home editor of Consumer Reports, where he produced award-winning content on real estate, remodeling and other topics. He was also the senior associate editor of Martha Stewart Living and the associate editor of This Old House. DiClerico is a versatile spokesperson who has been featured on CBS This Morning, Fox News, The Today Show and Wall Street Journal Live. DiClerico has also written and contributed to numerous books, including "The Just Right Home" (Workman, 2013), which he co-authored with Marianne Cusato.

    Direct all speaking requests for Dan DiClerico and Mischa Fisher to the HomeAdvisor public relations team at publicrelations@homeadvisor.com.

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    Hillman remodel to finish by 2023 – University of Pittsburgh The Pitt News - January 9, 2020 by admin

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    Hillman Librarys renovations are aimed for completion by 2023.

    Some students had difficulty finding an open study spot in Hillman Library during finals week this year, including Rachel Gillmer, a first-year nursing major. Gillmer said she wishes the third floor would have been open during this particularly hectic point in the semester.

    During finals, I wish the third floor was opened because I feel like more kids could get a spot [in Hillman], Gillmer said. The other morning I had to go searching all over campus for a place to study.

    While the third floor remodel is expected to be completed soon, Gilmer and other underclassmen will still have to wait a couple years for construction to finish before the entire library is open to students. Pitt plans to remodel the second floor after the third floor opens, followed by the first and ground floors. Fourth floor renovations were completed in fall 2018. The renovations are targeted to be finished entirely by 2023. Jeff Wisniewski, the director of communications and web services for the University Library System said this schedule is in keeping with the Universitys five-year plan of closing and remodeling one floor per year.

    We are trying to do a floor a year, Wisniewski said. So, our best estimate at this point is that [the third floor] will open sometime in the spring before students leave for summer break.

    The third floor will be home to new tech-savvy amenities including a 20-foot-long interactive digital wall similar to the one located in the Global Hub in Posvar Hall and a room Wisniewski said Pitt is unofficially calling the text and context lab. The lab will include equipment for bookbinding, papermaking and letterpressing. Archives and Special Collections will also be moved to the Forbes Avenue side and will feature a reading room, classroom and exhibition area. Wisniewski said these additions mark Hillmans emphasis on technology-based learning.

    The idea is that its a space where people can interact with text in many different formats including text and digital, Wisniewski said. We can take a building that was built before the digital era and update the space to reflect what a modern library can and should be.

    New technology is also anticipated to be added on the ground floor, including more audio and visual production spaces and a Pitt Information Technology computer lab. This is on top of a more centrally located information desk. Carrie Donovan, the head of public services for Hillman Library who oversees 35 librarians and the employees at the service desk, said this new information desk will help students be more independent when conducting research in the library.

    Were really hoping that all of our services will be connected organically through the spaces, so that when you come into the library its barrier-free in the sense that its kind of intuitive where things are located, Donovan said. We want to empower students to be independent and confident in their research and academic pursuits while being here to help as needed.

    At the end of the project, the bathrooms, elevators and stairwells will also be renovated. Wisniewski said waiting until the end of the remodel instead of updating them floor by floor makes the most sense from a construction perspective.

    Even though the fourth floor has been renovated, the bathrooms havent. That will be at the end of the project, but it is happening, Wisniewski said. Its the most time- and cost-effective to do the entire core at the same time.

    The total cost of these projects is unknown. Daniel Marcinko, the assistant vice chancellor for administration and design at Pitts Facilities Management office said he cant disclose the projected cost of the remodel.

    We are still very much in construction on phase two of the project and are just getting started on design of phase three which will be floors one and two, Marcinko said. Therefore, we are unable to provide the cost and projected cost information you are requesting at this time.

    While Hillman Library pivots to a digital format, data shows students might not be entirely on board. A 2015 study reported by the American Psychological Association found that 92% of students surveyed preferred physical text over electronic versions. A 2016 study conducted at Duke University also found that while a majority of students prioritize the need for technical help and delivery of books, a much smaller minority find data visualization and writing studios important.

    Students at Pitt have said they would like more basic additions to the library. Gillmer said she would like more whiteboard rooms and group study spaces because she feels like they are so effective and there isnt enough of them. Peter Lovecchio, a law student, said he would like new tables on the ground floor and outlets on the tables similar to those at University of Illinois, where he attended undergraduate school.

    The same students enjoy the fourth floor remodel. While Lovecchio said he doesnt study on the fourth floor because he prefers a louder environment, Gillmer said she prefers the fourth floors new look and believes it has helped her studying.

    I really like the fourth floor. I think its a great space for students to focus on their work. Its nice and quiet, and I like the lighting, Gillmer said. I feel like when I come down [to the ground floor], its a lot more of a social environment, but upstairs I have to be more focused.

    Wisniewski said he hopes the excitement students feel about the fourth floor will continue throughout the entirety of the remodel.

    What were looking at is creating more spaces for people study space, collaboration space, creation space, Wisniewski said. We want to make the library a hub on campus for creation and collaboration and study.

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    Im 38 Years Old, and I Love My Dorm Fridge – Yahoo Lifestyle - January 9, 2020 by admin

    Flash back to 2016: Every surface of my kitchen fridge was hidden somewhere under stacks of jars and berries and citrus and syrups and teetering bottles. I was a few months from the recipe testing deadline for my latest cocktail book, and the fridge was so full of experiments that every time I tried to buy actual food for dinner, there was nowhere to shove it. The fridge door needed, no joke, a lean of the hip to stay sealed.

    A final fateful packet of blueberries tumbled onto my head one morning while I packed a lunch, and thats when I decided. Wed remodel the kitchen. Better yet, wed move. Anything for a bigger fridge.

    My husband stepped in. We could solve this problem with thousands of dollars in remodeling or a million dollars in San Francisco real estate, he said (too) calmly, (too) rationally. Or, we could buy the kind of mini fridge you had in your college dorm room. What do those things cost?

    Not, it turns out, a million dollars. Even for a biggish one. And so we entered the (much happier) dorm fridge era of our lives and Ive never looked back.

    A second fridge isnt an especially original move: All my friends moved to the suburbs and tucked a full-sized additional fridge into their basements or garages, stocking it with bricks of Costco cheese, beer, maybe an extra lasagna.

    But my dorm fridge isnt tucked away in the basementhes front and center. And hes not for leftovers.

    Early on, Dormie (can I call him Dormie?) served as the vessel for my recipe-testing supplies, but quickly he became a central part of how I entertain: hes a drink fridge.

    Now, when we have people over, theyre not awkwardly pawing past my kids gallon-sized container of macaroni in search of a seltzer. Instead, Dormie lives in the dining room. Hes got a shelf of La Croix, a four-pack or two of local beer, a bottle of muscadet. He has a new brand of alcohol-free aperitif, a few open bottles of vermouth, and the fancy mineral water I like to serve if anyones having whiskey after dinner.

    Help yourself to a drink! is not an empty gestureit takes a task off my hands as the host while Im cooking, and lets people feel free to choose drinks (alcoholic or non-) without any pressure one way or the other.

    And since Dormie is about 3 feet from our dinner table, guests can refill as needed without getting an eyeful of all the dirty pots and pans in my kitchen. Or I can easily pull out more drinks to offer without taking any extra steps. Im reminded to hydrate during a cocktail party because Dormie displays all that fizzy, fizzy water.

    Best of all, of course, I now know where my mustards and fish sauces and herbs are because theyre not stacked behind Sodastream bottles and cans of IPA.

    At times, Dormie does just become an overflow fridge, but his separate nature is still helpful: Ill stash supplies for just one meal (all the ingredients for a big Saturday brunch, for example) and then easily be able to retrieve everything, even if my other fridge is filled to the gills with Saturdays dinner stuff.

    Dont tell Dormie, but hes not especially cute. Ive enjoyed his flawless performance since 2016, but I do think that maybe hell conk out one day and Ill trade up for someone, I mean, something cooler. The curvy ones from Smeg are pricey, but now there are cute retro fridges made by Magic Chef, Galanz, and Frigidaire. With a dorm fridge that good-looking, who needs a garage?

    Originally posted here:
    Im 38 Years Old, and I Love My Dorm Fridge - Yahoo Lifestyle

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