Our Microwave Almost Melts Down

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    Jun 16, 2020 1:52 PM GMT
    Here’s the microwave problem, that I’ve never heard about before - last night it refused to shut off! The magnetron kept running & running, but not the fan, light, or anything else. Only opening the door would stop it. Started to overheat, I finally had to unplug it, not easy with a built-in.

    I was heating some hot cocoa for him, with peppermint schnapps and whipped cream, a little treat for him when we watch detective mysteries on PBS (last night was 'Miss Fisher’ from Australia). I was stirring his cup when I heard this humming. But I had just closed the microwave after it finished, shouldn’t be running, no light on.

    Then I began to smell something wrong. I opened the microwave door and the humming stopped. Closed it and the humming resumed. I pressed the CLEAR/STOP button and the humming continued. Weird & unsettling.

    So I got a stepstool and quickly cleared an upper cabinet, assuming that’s where the outlet for the plug was for this built-in micro. Pulling the plug out stopped the humming, of course, and any further fire risk. I waited until ‘Miss Fisher’ was over to tell him about this problem.

    I decided to wait until this morning when there was better lighting, replugged the oven, and it now seems OK. Perhaps a glitch in its digital circuitry that needed resetting. But we remain uneasy using it, and now plan to get a new oven. This one’s in its teens.

    I didn’t know these things could have these dangerous problems, and spontaneously.
  • carew28

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    Jun 16, 2020 5:10 PM GMT
    I came late to microwave ovens. I didn't trust them, because of the radiation risk, which was a concern in those days. I never cooked at home, and usually picked up fastfood on my way home from work for supper. Finally, around 2000, I purchased a small cheap one at Sears, and used it for about 16 years for reheating delicatessen food. I grew to depend upon it., and took it with me when I moved. It finally konked out about 3 years ago. I now use it as a TV stand, and to store DVDs. I bought a new one at Walmart, and that's the one we have now. I hope it lasts as long as the old one.

    It's hard to keep from gaining weight these days, due to spending so much time at home, working online from home, watching television, and spending time night and day on the computer, with food only inches away. It's hard to keep from snacking during the day. When going into work each day, I always slept all through the night, or if I couldn't sleep, I read a book in bed until I fell asleep. But now, not having to drive into work in the morning, I've developed the bad habit of getting up at 3:00 am and watching re-runs of Frasier, or old western shows on Youtube, and snacking, then returning to bed, and sleeping late. I suppose that this is a preview of what my retirement will be like.

  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Jun 16, 2020 5:14 PM GMT
    The numerous problems associated with overeating; "appliance breakdown!"

    When you stop looking at food as your source of comfort and entertainment only then will you start to lose weight.

    It really is that simple.
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    Jun 16, 2020 8:47 PM GMT
    I got rid of the MW and/or never use the built in version| s |.
    I eat fresh only! No sugary, starching, pre backed junk and
    I walk-hike-bike-work out daily. Body resistance exercises and
    I've not gained any weight.

    Stay well!
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    Jun 16, 2020 10:26 PM GMT
    I lose weight when I don't work out regularly.

    I make a conscious effort to eat more to get big and muscly when I work out. Since the March shutdown I've lost a little over twenty pounds.

    I have a tendency to undereat when I'm busy with jobs, tasks, hobbies and just life in general.

    Most people who are overweight perceive food as reward, pleasure and entertainment. That's what restaurants are all about; an entertainment experience. Seat yourself, have someone else wait on you, don't lift a finger other than to shovel the food prepared by a staff of people into your snout. Maybe throw in some booze to wash it all down and you've just consumed about 2,000 calories or more. Oh! I almost forgot, you gotta have dessert, too! Tack on another 800 to 1,000 calories for that.

    After you're all done you hobble to your car and drive your bloated self home and lounge around the house until bedtime. And once it's time to get some shuteye you lie in bed and envision tomorrow as being another day and more food to look forward to!


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    Jun 16, 2020 11:13 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAll our friends confirm - we’re all fighting gaining weight during this lockdown! Eating entirely too well. Not enough exercise and too little to do but eat at home. I think we did better when we ate out more often than at home.

    But here’s the microwave problem, that I’ve never heard about before - last night it refused to shut off! The magnetron kept running & running, but not the fan, light, or anything else. Only opening the door would stop it. Started to overheat, I finally had to unplug it, not easy with a built-in.

    I was heating some hot cocoa for him, with peppermint schnapps and whipped cream, a little treat for him when we watch detective mysteries on PBS (last night was 'Miss Fisher’ from Australia). I was stirring his cup when I heard this humming. But I had just closed the microwave after it finished, shouldn’t be running, no light on.

    Then I began to smell something wrong. I opened the microwave door and the humming stopped. Closed it and the humming resumed. I pressed the CLEAR/STOP button and the humming continued. Weird & unsettling.

    So I got a stepstool and quickly cleared an upper cabinet, assuming that’s where the outlet for the plug was. Pulling the plug out stopped the humming, of course, and any further fire risk. I waiting until ‘Miss Fisher’ was over to tell him about this problem.

    I decided to wait until this morning when there was better lighting, replugged the oven, and it now seems OK. Perhaps a glitch in its digital circuitry that needed resetting. But we remain uneasy using it, and now plan to get a new oven. This one’s in its teens.

    I didn’t know these things could have these dangerous problems, and spontaneously.



    My God, you and all inhabitants of the surrounding area could have been killed!

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    Jun 17, 2020 5:32 AM GMT
    Well never had one do that before.
    But then mine die from lack of use; not over use.
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    Jun 17, 2020 6:36 AM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded saidI lose weight when I don't work out regularly.

    I make a conscious effort to eat more to get big and muscly when I work out. Since the March shutdown I've lost a little over twenty pounds.

    I have a tendency to undereat when I'm busy with jobs, tasks, hobbies and just life in general.

    Most people who are overweight perceive food as reward, pleasure and entertainment. That's what restaurants are all about; an entertainment experience. Seat yourself, have someone else wait on you, don't lift a finger other than to shovel the food prepared by a staff of people into your snout. Maybe throw in some booze to wash it all down and you've just consumed about 2,000 calories or more. Oh! I almost forgot, you gotta have dessert, too! Tack on another 800 to 1,000 calories for that.

    After you're all done you hobble to your car and drive your bloated self home and lounge around the house until bedtime. And once it's time to get some shuteye you lie in bed and envision tomorrow as being another day and more food to look forward to!




    You forgot to mention shitting a lot after!
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    Jun 17, 2020 3:32 PM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded said
    Most people who are overweight perceive food as reward, pleasure and entertainment. That's what restaurants are all about; an entertainment experience. Seat yourself, have someone else wait on you, don't lift a finger other than to shovel the food prepared by a staff of people into your snout. Maybe throw in some booze to wash it all down and you've just consumed about 2,000 calories or more. Oh! I almost forgot, you gotta have dessert, too! Tack on another 800 to 1,000 calories for that.

    Perhaps true for some, not for me most of my life, and barely today. Until into my 50s I always saw eating as mere refueling, which I found as pleasureable as refueling my car or motorcycle. An equally annoying and costly distraction.

    Retirement did gradually modify that view a bit, thanks to gay dating and having 2 partners (late & current) with great cooking skills. And discovering eating as a social function, not a survival skill. So that I tried to get into food to have a shared “hobby” with my partners, and to please our friends, many of whom are also into good food. And once I focus on something I research it, learn about it, try to become conversant in it, even to the point of near-enthusiasm.

    But old Army habits die hard. To this day I still eat many of my meals directly out of a tin can, often while standing up.

    And the reason I got my first microwave, in 1984, was so I could heat the rehydrated MRE packets (meal, ready to eat) I’d have leftover from field duty, because I wouldn’t always eat all my alloted ration. I could eat the MREs cold & dry, or add some water, like in the field, but at home I wanted to “spoil” myself with them heated.

    Instead of kitchen cabinets filled with “civilian food” mine would have flat aluminized packets, finished in OD green with military markings, and a box of dry breakfast cereal, a jar of instant coffee. My fridge had milk and little else.

    I’d not only eat that MRE stuff in uniform, I’d eat it at home (albeit sometimes on a paper plate with tableware), even as a field grade officer. I was certainly no connoisseur of fine food or fine dining experiences. That would come later, or on rare special or formal occasions.

    BTW, when I have a meal at home or out, I almost never clean my plate or eat very much. Friends know that as a guest at their homes to serve me half what everyone else gets. At restaurants at least half goes into a takeout box, or at home here into a Tupperware (my guy always cooks enough for an extended Italian family).

    But still I’m not losing weight, or not enough to meet my target. Reduced activity is likely the main culprit. I don’t munch at this computer, we keep no snacks on hand. Normally we’re out half the day, but now mostly confined at home. I bike a little, but just an hour or so locally. Not enough to affect my weight, but at least good for my circulation.

    BTW, I used the microwave to warm water for instant coffee this morning, still seems OK. The problem with replacing it is that it’s a built-in, a big project.
  • carew28

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    Jun 17, 2020 6:00 PM GMT
    The MREs were always okay taste-wise, and they were an improvement over the earlier C-Rations, which were a lot like dogfood. But they were overloaded with fat and sodium, and if eaten regularly, they'd do an awful job on one's arteries. Their purpose was to provide quick nutrition and energy, which they did. But they were far from healthy.
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    Jun 17, 2020 6:22 PM GMT
    A few hours of hot sweaty sex, is a wonderful way to exercise.
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    Jun 18, 2020 1:11 AM GMT
    Considering that covid is killing people who are obese, diabetic, hypertensive, and have coronary artery disease, heavy folks would do well to lose weight during this time, not gain it. WTF is the matter with people?
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    Jun 18, 2020 2:38 PM GMT
    paradox said
    Considering that covid is killing people who are obese, diabetic, hypertensive, and have coronary artery disease, heavy folks would do well to lose weight during this time, not gain it. WTF is the matter with people?

    We understand this personal risk accutely. He’s more overweight than me, but my body fat percentage is not enviable, either. Not the 9-10% it was in my prime, into my 40s. Plus we’re both now “elderly”, 71 & 85 (he’s 86 in July). With various health issues, including hypertension for us both.

    I have a tough time accepting the term elderly, but denial won’t make it go away. Recognition is the only logical response. And so yeah, I agree with you about our greater C-19 risk.

    For which we’re taking immediate actions (strict masking, limiting social contact, hand washing, etc), careful monitoring, and longer-term actions like losing more weight.
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    Jun 18, 2020 2:56 PM GMT
    carew28 said
    The MREs were always okay taste-wise, and they were an improvement over the earlier C-Rations, which were a lot like dogfood. But they were overloaded with fat and sodium, and if eaten regularly, they'd do an awful job on one's arteries. Their purpose was to provide quick nutrition and energy, which they did. But they were far from healthy.

    I swear the old C-rats WERE dog food! Although when I finally ate Spam, here in Florida as a hurricane emergency food that we stockpile, I'd testify it was our old C-rat canned spiced ham.

    Of course generic ration cans were painted OD green, with just Army markings on them, no indication of the manufacturer. But if it wasn’t actually Spam then it was a good imitation.

    Perversely enough I actually liked the canned fruit cake dessert, which most guys hated. Another item that had a perpetual storage life, as it does now. I wonder if it was from Claxton, Georgia? I still like those.

    But that’s where I could trade, usually my 3 cigarettes for a fruit cake, or a fruit cocktail. Peaches were good, too.

    Cigarettes were the one thing that did have a brand label in our C-rats box, a little cigarette pack of 3, of unfiltered Camels, or Lucky Strikes, and Chesterfields I think. Since I didn’t smoke they were worth gold in a trade, I could get anything from the nicotine addicts.

    As far as being healthy meals, of course they weren’t. The MREs may have been a little better. Eaten under the conditions when we normally had them our metabolism was burning cals like crazy. Our arteries were probably too active to acquire deposits, and you were unlikely to gain weight. RETAINING weight was often the greater challenge.

    Whether that’s true for everyone or not, it apparently didn’t hurt me any. At 71 years I show zero signs of “hardening” of the arteries. And my body fat percentage then, as I mentioned elsewhere, hovered around 9-10%. Actually a bit low, since sometimes I’d crash if I didn’t eat, no fat reserves to draw upon, my stamina marginal.

    I had to snack all the time, commercial things I provided on my own beforehand. And if I became less active, increasingly as my rank rose, I’d just eat my own stuff and save the MREs for back home. Commissioned Officers normally have to buy their own meals, anyway, just like their uniforms, but field rations are free for everyone.
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    Jun 19, 2020 8:54 PM GMT
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    jocked_and_loaded saidI lose weight when I don't work out regularly.

    I make a conscious effort to eat more to get big and muscly when I work out. Since the March shutdown I've lost a little over twenty pounds.

    I have a tendency to undereat when I'm busy with jobs, tasks, hobbies and just life in general.

    Most people who are overweight perceive food as reward, pleasure and entertainment. That's what restaurants are all about; an entertainment experience. Seat yourself, have someone else wait on you, don't lift a finger other than to shovel the food prepared by a staff of people into your snout. Maybe throw in some booze to wash it all down and you've just consumed about 2,000 calories or more. Oh! I almost forgot, you gotta have dessert, too! Tack on another 800 to 1,000 calories for that.

    After you're all done you hobble to your car and drive your bloated self home and lounge around the house until bedtime. And once it's time to get some shuteye you lie in bed and envision tomorrow as being another day and more food to look forward to!




    You forgot to mention shitting a lot after!

    As witnessed here, verbal gonorrhea comes naturally to our Hyacinth.
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    Jun 19, 2020 9:23 PM GMT
    Wombat said
    suckitup said
    jocked_and_loaded said
    I lose weight when I don't work out regularly.

    I make a conscious effort to eat more to get big and muscly when I work out. Since the March shutdown I've lost a little over twenty pounds.

    I have a tendency to undereat when I'm busy with jobs, tasks, hobbies and just life in general.

    Most people who are overweight perceive food as reward, pleasure and entertainment. That's what restaurants are all about; an entertainment experience. Seat yourself, have someone else wait on you, don't lift a finger other than to shovel the food prepared by a staff of people into your snout. Maybe throw in some booze to wash it all down and you've just consumed about 2,000 calories or more. Oh! I almost forgot, you gotta have dessert, too! Tack on another 800 to 1,000 calories for that.

    After you're all done you hobble to your car and drive your bloated self home and lounge around the house until bedtime. And once it's time to get some shuteye you lie in bed and envision tomorrow as being another day and more food to look forward to!

    You forgot to mention shitting a lot after!

    As witnessed here, verbal gonorrhea comes naturally to our Hyacinth.

    This was an exchange between jocked_and_loaded and suckitup. Hitting the Fosters a little early?
  • FormerShark

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    Jun 19, 2020 9:26 PM GMT
    Wombat said
    As witnessed here, verbal gonorrhea comes naturally to our Hyacinth.

    Wow. On July 14th it will be TEN YEARS since Art Deco said something mean to you and you've been nursing your grievance for a WHOLE DECADE.
    He must have really hurt your feelings, princess.
    How sad.
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    Jun 19, 2020 10:28 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAll our friends confirm - we’re all fighting gaining weight during this lockdown! Eating entirely too well. Not enough exercise and too little to do but eat at home. I think we did better when we ate out more often than at home.

    But here’s the microwave problem, that I’ve never heard about before - last night it refused to shut off! The magnetron kept running & running, but not the fan, light, or anything else. Only opening the door would stop it. Started to overheat, I finally had to unplug it, not easy with a built-in.

    I was heating some hot cocoa for him, with peppermint schnapps and whipped cream, a little treat for him when we watch detective mysteries on PBS (last night was 'Miss Fisher’ from Australia). I was stirring his cup when I heard this humming. But I had just closed the microwave after it finished, shouldn’t be running, no light on.

    Then I began to smell something wrong. I opened the microwave door and the humming stopped. Closed it and the humming resumed. I pressed the CLEAR/STOP button and the humming continued. Weird & unsettling.

    So I got a stepstool and quickly cleared an upper cabinet, assuming that’s where the outlet for the plug was. Pulling the plug out stopped the humming, of course, and any further fire risk. I waited until ‘Miss Fisher’ was over to tell him about this problem.

    I decided to wait until this morning when there was better lighting, replugged the oven, and it now seems OK. Perhaps a glitch in its digital circuitry that needed resetting. But we remain uneasy using it, and now plan to get a new oven. This one’s in its teens.

    I didn’t know these things could have these dangerous problems, and spontaneously.



    Did you and your boyfriend take iodine pills, just in case?