Charles has never been comfortable with progress. In fact he absolutely hates it. He doesn’t have a computer and very likely won’t until some situation drags him kicking and screaming into the 21st century. He also doesn’t have a cell phone and his home phone is an ancient beige rotary dial phone made in 1967. His television is the same black and white console that he bought forty years ago, although he hasn’t watched it since the switch to all digital tv signals.
Last year he had to move because a highway was being built and his old house was in the way. Lately he’s been complaining about “that water thingie in the refrigerator door”. It seems that the water doesn’t taste as crisp and clean as it did when he moved in (the fridge came with the house, he *never* would have bought that one.) and it also was barely flowing at all.
It didn’t take long to figure out what the problem was. He had never changed the refrigerator filter. He didn’t realize that modern refrigerators that dispense ice and cold water have filters to cut out impurities in the water. Since the water around here has a very high mineral content. Over time the filter became almost totally clogged with stuff that it had extracted from the water. Once it was replaced the refrigerator’s water system worked as good as new.
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