If flights were on time, I have been back in Connecticut for about five hours. I spent the previous week in Iowa visiting my brother. When I posted my one-liner last week, the one announcing my book release (sorry, the marketing department makes me do that), I was sitting at Gate-9 in Bradley International Airport’s Terminal-A waiting for my flight to Minneapolis (MSP) to board.
Unlike some of the years where we exit MSP’s parking lot and head out for a few days, this time, I just wanted to visit. While at my brother’s house, we decided to tackle a few projects. We replaced a sink and faucet in one bathroom and made a couple other minor repairs. A couple days later, we had a simple plumbing repair – the replacement of a toilet fill valve. This is a common D-I-Y repair. I may have jinxed it, as we were getting started, by saying “How long can this take?”
Less than a minute later, the shutoff valve snapped in half as I was trying to shut the water supply off – and started leaking. We shut the water off to the bathroom and returned to the hardware store. A very nice young man led me to the aisle and helped me to buy the right valve. Input and output threads were measured and matched. I thanked him.
As we headed to the counter, he said, perhaps out of habit, perhaps sincerely, “Have a nice day.”
I turned to him and said, “I’m working under a toilet.”
He laughed but said, “Your day could be worse.” I gave him a curious look, encouraging him to explain.
“You could be replacing the flapper, or the wax ring. The toilet could be clogged and overflowing, trust me, your day could be much worse.”
On our way back to his house, I related the clerk’s comments to my brother. He started laughing:
“I guess he’s a toilet is half full kind of guy.”
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, or if you would like to join in on the fun, you can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.
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