Dead microwave

My microwave oven appears to be dead. I think it was mortally wounded in the last power outage we had. I noticed that the clock had reset several days ago (usually a sign of a power-outage). Last night, I used it to warm up some food. When I looked at it a little while later, the clock display was off. I tried pushing the buttons but nothing happened. I unplugged it, plugged it back in and tried again. Still nothing. I changed outlets. Still nothing. This morning there were no signs of life. So after 5 years of service, I need a new microwave.

I can probably wait until I am back from vacation as I don’t use the microwave very often these days. Still, it’s the first major appliance (if you can call it that) that has failed on me in 12 years so I really can’t complain.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.