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Karen Trop and the 32-Oz. Mystery

KNOM coffee cup and coffee beans on a kitchen countertop

I’ve been sharing fridge space with strangers since I was 13. From my boarding high school, to living in a college dormitory, and now a shared office kitchen, I’ve committed proper space-sharing etiquette to memory: label your food with name and date. Throw away expired food promptly. And never, EVER eat someone else’s food.

Well, even in Nome, Alaska, the KNOM kitchen is a familiar sight: we have our own modest, shared mini-fridge. And one morning, while I was desperately searching for some milk to put into my tea, I found a mysterious and unlabelled 32-oz. carton of half & half inside that fridge. What I did next, well, kiiiind of went against my training.

To find out what happened next, and how I solved the 32-oz. mystery, you’ll have to click the media player above!

Audio sampled in this audioblog: “Streetcar” by Alex North and Ray Hendorf, “Adam’s Apple” by Wayne Shorter, “Pink Panther” by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra, “One Bass Hit” by Modern Jazz Quartet, “The Kid from Red Bank” by Count Basie, and “Redemption” by Alex North and Ray Hendorf.

Photo at top: Karen Trop/KNOM.


  1. Harvey Trop on October 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    🙂 Not quite Sam Spade, but very entertaining.

  2. Larry Jannen on October 31, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I was station at Tin City which is about 125 miles from Nome in 1974-1975. It was nice to read about Nome, it was a long time ago but it was good to think about that time long ago.