I have made the climb to “hump day” but I haven’t yet cleared the hump. It’s been an interesting mix, and you would think I would have collected a few one-liners. Let’s see where we can look.
I took Monday afternoon off. I was hoping to wrap-up a minor spring chore that was rained out on Sunday, removing the snow-stakes from our yard. For those of you in the lower states and otherwise comfy climes, those are the sticks we pound in the ground in November to mark the edge of the driveway, sidewalk, garden and all the little bushes I don’t want to gobble-up with the snow blower. Unfortunately, it was cold Monday, so I just veg’d on the couch with Maddie.
Tuesday morning found me once again dealing with complaints over the lack of ice in the office. One of these days I’m just going to shut off the water and put up a sign that says: “No Ice!” How hard is it to close the refrigerator door? Yes, there are two doors, and yes, you have to open both before you can open a drawer, and lots of warm moist air enters. But it’s not an ice cream stand. There’s no reason to open the doors and ponder. In the spirit of succession planning, I trained someone else in the office how top open the ice bin and melt everything with a hair drier. There were one-liners associated with this exercise, but The Editor wouldn’t want me publishing them.
And, my boss’s hot water heater died. He’s the CEO, he gets his own bathroom. I’m still responsible for the office admin budget, so replacing (hiring someone to replace) that hot water heater is also my responsibility. It’s a poor plumbing design which was only made worse by the fact that they installed the water heater in the ceiling.
Seriously, it’s like someone said: “how can we make this harder for future plumbers?” That might have worked, as a one-liner, but I didn’t want this to be about pipes and shutoff valves.
My boss agreed to work from home for the morning. The plumbers arrived on time. The old water heater came out without a hitch, but the new water heater didn’t fit. The water heater was exchanged for a smaller unit and work resumed. I stopped in to check on the progress about 10 minutes before my boss was expected to show up. The lead plumber (the one standing on the floor) said they were just finishing. The younger, more flexible plumber was crawling down from the ceiling space. As he was putting the ceiling tiles back in place, he winced. Dust and pieces of the last tile had fallen on him:
“You get a face full?”
“Yeah, a big piece went right in my eye.”
“Well, get down, you big baby, we’re late for lunch.”
Nothing like support from your coworkers to make the job easier.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. 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. With any luck, the downhill portion of this week will be easy on all of us.