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Friday, September 11, 2009

Refrigerator Etiquette

By Rattus Scribus© 11 Sept 2009

Like many teachers, I bring my lunch to work and put it in the faculty lounge refrigerator to keep it fresh. Now, a community fridge may be the last place to keep anything fresh. One day I went with the usual fear and trepidation to retrieve my lunch. I opened the fridge. My senses swooned. My sensibilities violated. "That's it," I thought. "We need some rules around here." I posted the following on the faculty bulletin board.

Refrigerator Etiquette:

• Remember to check your food every few months and consider donating it to science, or dumping it.

• If it's yours, you are responsible for it leaking, oozing, smelling, growing or moving. Please adopt it, or dump it.

• If it's yours and it colonizes, fuzzily, all the other foods in the fridge, please revoke its diplomatic status, and dump it.

• Finally, if a year or more should pass and your food should become a new species or gain self-awareness and cry "Zul" when you open the fridge, please call the Ghost Busters, or, here's a thought, dump it!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bravo!!! Your very first publication and it has come out with a bang! Bon courage and keep up the writing! Anita

Rattus Scribus said...

Thank you so much. I'm going to try to blog at least once a week. I even have a backlog of commentary, meditation, etc., that I can pull from.

Bonnie said...

I see there's no difference between a refrigerator in the halls of academia or the halls of commerce! I think you just described the fridge where I used to work.

What a great first post!


PS - and thanks for visiting with me at D&D and the Bhive!

Fete et Fleur said...

I am so glad your blogging!! I need a good laugh every now and then. Bill and I are laughing are heads off.

I will post on Monday about your blog.

Big Hugs!

Marie said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of......no....I'd need at least an hour to explain.

Your writing is beautiful. Please write more maybe I'll learn something.

Thanks for visiting my blog, so good to hear from you.

Marie Elizabeth...or was it Bedgie?! hmmmm

Miss Sandy said...

I came by way of Nancy's blog to welcome you to the blog neighborhood. I look forward to reading more of you wit.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Tres Bien!

Bienvenue! How exciting to have you in our wonderful blogging circle!

I needed a good laugh to start the day - are you sure it's not the frig in the retail industries break rooms? Hmmmmm I think it is. So that means we have the education industry, commerce & the retail industry covered thus far. I solved the problem with a good lunchbag that I put an icepack in. Not as fun as your refrigerator rules but quite safe!

Merci beau coup for the laughs!!
bisous, Sherry

Ulla said...

LOL!!! These rules should be posted on all public fridges! Even the 'CASTLE' where I work, occassionally reveals alien beings that have no business setting up home in a cold box!
Welcome to BLOGLANDIA!

Valarie said...

I love your very first blog. Let me know if the set of rules work....I find the offenders always think we are talking to someone else. Thanks for making me laugh today.

rochambeau said...

Great refrigerator rules to live by and funny too!! Thank you! I come by way of Nancy.


Anonymous said...


I am so glad I came, this is hilarious!

~ Gabriela ~

Jacqueline said...

Who ya gonna call, GHOST BUSTERS...ha...laughing my socks off in Washington! Even the gnomes here at my house have manners! The next time this happens at work, just put some shovels in front of the door and maybe the offenders will get the hint.

Margaret said...

Ah, couldn't agree more! Love your blog template, by the way.

The Victorian Parlor said...

This is too funny! I work in a school and this is so true!!!