Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Place your bets

I'm pissed off lately. Here's why:

Until recently, my shower consisted of an antique tub (with feet), a faucet, a pipe sticking up out of the faucet, and a shower head on the end of that pipe. (There was also a shower curtain that went all the way around, hanging on a round piece of metal suspended from the ceiling.) Last week, Wednesday night, as I finished my shower, the pipe, shower head, and shower curtain suspension fell. It was kind of like the leaning tower of Pisa, except it fell over completely, and I was wet and naked underneath it.

Thursday morning: I call the landlord, "Could you send someone over to fix this as soon as possible? Thanks.

Thursday afternoon: "handyman" Leroy appears, looks at the mess, and declares, "I'll come back tomorrow morning between 9 and 10 with the right parts, but tonight, you girls are taking baths."

Friday morning: Call from Leroy, "I have a health emergency and I'm not going to be able to make it this morning. I'll call you later to set up a time for either this afternoon or tomorrow."

All weekend: No calls from Leroy, even after I call him. I call the landlord, who also doesn't hear from Leroy until Monday afternoon.

Monday afternoon: I call Leroy, who says he'll be there Tuesday between 4:30 and 5pm.

Tuesday, 4:15pm: I leave lab early, but Leroy doesn't show. I leave a message for both Leroy and the landlord. Two hours later, still nothing from either.

It's been a total of 6 days so far.

Now I'm taking bets: When will the shower once again function as a shower? Whoever guesses closest without going over wins a prize.

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