You thought you were going to escape the plumbing story? Bwaah ha ha. Sorry. I’ll make this as painless as possible. Actually, I’ll spare you the whole story (removed 100 words) except for the part where I couldn’t decide between a fixed length PVC trap and a PVC trap with a flexible component on one end.
I carried my confusion to the counter, where the hardware store owner said what he always says:
“Take them both. Use what works and bring the other one back.”
Great! Except I never do that.
I never take stuff back to the hardware store.
I’ll put the other one on a shelf, in a drawer, in a closet, in a bin, behind something left over from a similar project or with a bunch of items I’ve had for so long the stores to which I could take them back have long gone out of business. I have a veritable “history of plumbing retailers” exhibit just waiting to be organized in my garage.
It’s not my fault.
It’s my father’s fault.
These are his genes at work. Oh sure, they’re working in concert with my mother’s it’s-easier-to-put-it-in-a-drawer-than-throw-it-away genes, but his are the ones that are saying “it will be nice to have one of these when the drain breaks in the middle of the night.”
Never mind the fact that we have more than one bathroom. Never mind the fact that drains don’t break in the middle of the night. Never mind the fact that if a drain broke in the middle of the night, my wife wouldn’t let me start making repairs until the stores opened in the morning. Never mind the fact that, by the time I actually need this thing in the middle of the night, Amazon will be able to fly it to my porch, or the eight-year-old down the street will be able to print one on his 3-D printer or Geordi will be able to replicate one and beam it down from the Enterprise while trapped in a time-warp.
Oooh, yes, it fits in the drawer!
The gallery has a couple of relevant photos as well as a few more bits of winter. As always, you can begin a slide show by clicking on any one picture.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. It might also be part of Just-Jot-January. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.