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On the contents of a certain refrigerator

So, kalliel made the challenge this morning to compile a list of "things you didn't know were [SPN] canon", and I meant to write an entry for that, but instead I got distracted by the question of what some people consider to be an incompatability: Dean the 'prissy princess' vs. the fridge that apparently contains only spoiled food.

Now, I'd argue with the 'prissy princess' description, as we've seen him go unbothered by mud and gore many times over the course of the show, but for the sake of argument I'll let that go. What I'm interested in is this assumption that an interest in keeping a living space clean and tidy necessarily carries over into keeping your fridge clear of spoiled food. Because if you actually look at the interior of the fridge, it's spotless.



The issue they have isn't one of keeping the fridge clean, it's of actually eating the food it contains in a timely fashion--a different matter altogether. It's almost to be expected, really, given how frequently they run off on cases, and how they don't seem to do much (if anything) to prep the bunker before leaving each time. Quite likely every time they come back after a hunt, the entire contents of the fridge (which are apparently leftovers, beer, and milk) have gone bad again. Really, it's no surprise they still eat mostly take-out. It's gotta be a heck of a lot easier than trying to keep track of food supplies when they're constantly leaving for trips of a week or more.

And here's a facet of the original issue that no one talks about: maybe the food's not actually spoiled. Maybe Dean's simply the kind of prissy princess who's overly picky about the freshness of his food.

Anyhow, go check out the prompting post (linked above) and join in the fun. :D
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I think maybe he's just a fussy eater. Once it's been there a day he gets funny about it - I do that!!
Your comment about the way they pack up and leave for cases is right on point. Growing up in motel rooms, they would have rarely worried about leftover food, so it makes sense that they would come back to bad milk and questionable sandwiches.
Exactly! After a lifetime of that, a couple years living with a home base isn't going to change things that much for them, especially when they're still out on the road at least a couple times a month.
You mentioned in your comment to me that this ended up being slightly off-topic to the post that prompted it, but IN MY OPINION IT IS THE MOST "ON" OF TOPICS. Thinking through exactly this kind of thing is my very favorite thing in the world! <3333333

I also totally agree with you, both in terms of Dean's relationship to cleanliness (context matters! speaking as someone who has definitely slept on the ground in clothes stiff with my own sweat (like horse tack, lol) but also spent a week curling the bottoms of my feet away from my own floors because I couldn't decided whether I'd Swiffered well enough) and in terms of the exact goings-on of the Winchesters' fridge.

I love thinking about how the Winchesters haven't quite figured out how grocery logistics work--and, simultaneously, are still living a life where grocery logistics arguably can't work, for exactly those spontaneous, frequent, and lengthy trips to god knows where you mention.

Aaaaaaah. <3333333 In short, I love this post.
Score! I love it when I manage to succeed when I think I've failed. It's like getting a little present.

:D

But yes--the logistics of their lives are very fun to contemplate.