Okay, so Christmas has come and gone...
But at least my wife and I are doing OUR part in helping our nation's economy to NO SMALL END. How about YOU?
After the tree toppling, the power line down, street light outages, and having paid off MOST of those people, we're not done with the fun yet, folks...Oh, no sir. In fact, we've been rewriting the lyrics to the SOUTH PARK song: IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME IN HELL...LOL!
You recall the CHK ENGINE light problem? I was sweating the drive out and back because of (what else?)...the WEATHER.
Now, I've driven ICY roads...and RAINY roads, and SLEET-covered roads, but I have NEVER in ALL my years of driving been privy to ALL of the above within 10 freaking minutes. Add to that some SERIOUS thunder and lightning, and well, you kinda get the idea.
Suffice it to say, I made it out AND back (had to do a "360" to get OUT of the iced up driveway) with little consternation.
Now all we have to do is wait for the "prognosis"of wifey's wheels.
((Editor's Note - Mechanic called. Bad WATER PUMP. Will have that swapped out along with the old V belt & t-stat - finally, we might catch a break, however minuscule in nature))
Meanwhile, back at the "ranch"...
On Christmas Eve, I went to the basement to get some boxes to wrap, and heard dripping. Seems the drain in the basement decided that THIS was the PERFECT time to back up and flood the basement.
Well, on winged feet I flew, trying to get anything that didn't NEED to get wet as far away from the "wet" as possible. Damn basement looks like a tornado hit it...and that's another day of work. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
We called all over the place to get someone out, as the water was coming IN.
The other "drain" is supposed to allow water to EXIT the basement, and THAT is blocked somehow. It'll take a few hours for someone to find the problem and fix THAT. As the sewer guys were leaving, I gave the lead worker a bag of homemade cookies AND a pint of Old Grand Dad just for them coming out WHEN they did. And you would have thought that man got the keys for the candy store. My only caveat to him was that he NOT drink it all at once, and to NOT drink it alone.
Having someone come back to find the source of that OTHER clog will take time...and, of course...MORE FOLDIN' MONEY.
So let's take a quick inventory, shall we?
1) Tree limbs...down and basically out of the way until the tree guys come out and REMOVE all of them from the property - CHECK.
2) Weatherhead reinstalled - CHECK.
3) Power line out of the driveway and up where it's supposed to be - CHECK.
4) Sewer clog fixed, and normal water flow OUT of the house - CHECK.
5) Wifey's car in shop, to be finished today sometime - CHECK.
6) Street lights are back on - CHECK.
7) Got insurance check deposited FINALLY - CHECK .
8) Still haven't SHOT anyone and got plenty of bourbon - CHECK and DOUBLE CHECK!!!
And indeed, we still have checks...(to write, that is).
"It's been REAL, and it's been FUN, but it sure ain't been REAL FUN".
On the "up" side...my 25 year old Firebird with the non-retractable seatbelts, and the non-functioning A/C & defroster performed in her typical exemplary manner. Goes to show that "if" you have something...AND take care of it, it WILL be there when you NEED it.
And on that note, I'll now return all of you to your regularly-scheduled, post-holiday bargain hunting (yeah, we did some of that already, just for the hell of it).
Drive safely and expect a nice warm up over the next 24 hours.
REALITY - Not the BEST way to go through life...just the ONLY way.