The Television / Refrigerator Axiom

As I was trying (for four hours) to fall asleep last night, I realized that all the stories I write are basically set in my house. I’m not very good at visualizing things, and the house that is easiest for me to visualize is the one in which I am currently writing. I’m okay with that. My house is a good house. It is a house that can hold stories. It is light and open and comfortably furnished and clean and just generally all-American. I feel quite comfortable here, and I am sure that my fictional creations do as well.

I do not find most houses I visit to be that comfortable. Part of this is probably because they are not my house. My house is the pinnacle of all houses, because I am used to it, and no other house will be as well-worn with memories of myself as my own house. However, that is not the whole answer. Because there are houses in which I am more comfortable and houses in which I am less comfortable. As I pondered the conundrum of house comfortableness (for several hours), I developed a theory.

My postulation is: All the life of an American household takes place somewhere between the television and the refrigerator – I call this the Television/Refrigerator Axis. Either this strikes you as self-evident, or it does not. If it doesn’t, then you are a bad person.

This postulation gave rise to an epiphany that I call the Television/Refrigerator Axiom, which states: “I cannot feel comfortable in any home where the shortest path between the television and the refrigerator requires walking through a doorway.”*

Please keep this in mind when engaging in any future construction or renovation.

*Ideally I should be able to stand at the refrigerator, look over my shoulder, and see the television, but that is not required.

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  1. Ben Godby

    I don’t have a TV. And my refrigerator is a medical cooler filled with artichoke hearts.


    1. R. H. Kanakia

      Then I would not feel very comfortable in your house slash apartment. It’s okay; your failure — insofar as it is an instructive lesson for the masses — is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, artichoke hearts? Eww.

  2. David Barron

    But, sir, you neglect the all-important question of toilet placement. With careful configuration of mirrors, it is perfectly possible to have a triangular trade between the TV, the refrigerator and the toilet for an uninterrupted viewing experience.