Couch Companion

Howdy Y’all.

We received this fine photograph from Fred C. who lives in Fresno California.

Here is Fred sitting beside his favorite toaster (he’s only got one), where he likes to spend most of his time at home, which is sitting on the couch in front of the TV.
Yup, Fred’s a good ol’ chronic couch potato, and not ashamed to say it. Oddly enough, when we received the photo from Fred, he didn’t leave much of a description in the email, but instead left his phone number and asked us to call him to talk. We originally thought this was pretty weird (no offense, Fred), since we’ve never actually gotten on the phone with any of our followers/fans before. But we thought… heck, why not? So we had a quick chat over skype while Fred told us all about his couch companion. Fred doesn’t have a desktop computer, he only has a smartphone, but he hates typing on it and he’s super slow typing on his phone. That’s why he wanted to skype with us instead so he could just tell us about his picture instead. Here’s what we found out about Fred.

Fred found our site pretty recently he said. He can’t remember how he came upon our site. He thinks it was while he was searching for toaster repair tips or toaster cleaning tips.
Fred says that he was too shy to show his face on camera and that showing just the toaster in its natural environment is the most important thing anyway. We didn’t do a video skype chat so we have no idea what Fred looks like either. We imagine he’s a handsome young chap, probably in his mid 30s, and we think he’s wearing a space jam t-shirt in the photo, but we’re not entirely sure. We didn’t ask Fred… we should have. Fred, if you’re reading this, please enlighten us. =)

Some of Fred’s favorite shows are Game of Thrones, Modern Family, Gotham and also one of our favorites, Breaking Bad. (wooot for Breaking Bad…!)  Fred, like many of our fans, is a quirky dude. That’s not surprising, considering the quirkiness of our website. (That’s why we love y’all.)Apparently, Fred keeps his toaster there at the foot of his couch all the time.  So, why the toaster on the ground beside the couch?  The intriguing reasons for this strange behaviour include the following:

TV Feasting

Who doesn’t like to do a little snacking by the TV?  We all do, but Fred takes this to the extreme. When Fred comes home from work, he typically spends the rest of the night eating dinner and relaxing by the TV. What’s fascinating about Fred is that he does 90% of this sitting right on the couch, as shown in the picture. Fred is a couch potato to the max. He uses his toaster to cook his entire dinner. Just with that toaster, he’s come up with dozens of recipes from roasted potatoes, baked salmon, garlic bread… etc. There was a long list of stuff that he told us. When we heard him go on and on, we were completely blown away and bursting out laughing in the background. Bloody genius… We told him that he should write a toaster cook book one day.

Chilly Willy

Fred says it gets a little chilly in his house and he hates turning on the house furnace because it makes loud annoying noises and is pretty wasteful since he hangs out mostly in his living room all the time and turning on the house heat would heat up the whole house AND raise his heating bills. Fred genius-ly places his toaster at the foot of his couch so that the heat efficiently rises and keeps only his immediate area warm and toasty (pun proudly and absolutely intended). Since he makes multi-course meals just with his toaster, that toaster runs and keeps him nice and warm at least through a whole episode of Modern Family. When he’s not cooking up some tasty meal in the toaster, he’ll sometimes let it run with nothing inside.

Foot Warmer

When Fred wants to kick his feet up, he’ll prop it up on a short table that’s just to the right of the photo. That table is slightly taller than the couch so there’s plenty of gap when he puts his toaster under the table. He puts it on a 3 minute toast and that table heats up and keeps his feet nice and warm.

Fred truly embodies our motto… “Epic Selfies with Everyone’s Favorite Kitchen Appliance.” After speaking with him, it’s obvious that his favorite appliance is his toaster. Most leave their toasters on the kitchen counter and only use it once a week on those weekend mornings. Instead, he found the perfect couch companion in his toaster. Rock on, Fred… rock on…