Random things about yesterday

7 Apr

Yesterday when I arrived at work, there was a TV news van parked close to the front door of the building  and there was an orange extension cord running from the truck, all the way through the lobby. In my experience, generally speaking, it is not usually a good thing when news reporters show up at your place of business.  Oddly, that orange cord seemed to be extending to the gym.

Perhaps they were doing a story about the gym:

“Tread mills–exercise equipment or instruments of death?!”

Something like that, I imagined.

As it turns out, the TV people really were at the gym. I get the impression they were doing a story tied to National Walking Day. I think it might have been a live segment for one of the local morning TV news shows. They didn’t really get started until I was on my way out of the gym, so I missed the excitement. I was just relieved they never panned the gym while I was working out. I really have no desire to be on TV–except maybe if I win an Oscar or such prestigious, nationally televised award. But until that happens, I am content to stay out of the television lime light.

Meanwhile, last Saturday, I was reading a book, listening for the dryer to stop as I was finishing up the last load of clothes I’d need to wash for the week ahead when I heard something curious. The clink of the zipper on the gray zippered hoodie as it spun around during the drying cycle stopped. Yet, oddly, the hum of the dryer did not stop. I got up to check and, sure enough, the dryer was still drying but the drum was not turning. Hoping it was merely taking a rest, I reclosed the dryer door and started the dryer again. The dryer commenced to humming but the drum wasn’t turning. I opened the dryer door again. Hoping that the drum was merely resting, I gave it a minute, then closed the door, restarted the dryer. Hum. No turn.

I have heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Einstein said that. So, I guess Mr. Genius Einstein would have laughed at my crazy ass as I kept opening the dryer door and restarting the damn thing, hoping against hope that it would miraculously start spinning again.

I don’t think I was being insane. I was being, um, hopeful. Actually, I was going through the First Stage of Appliance Death–denial. Everyone does it. You keep restarting it, because you are in denial that this trusted apparatus has died on you.

Fortunately, I moved very quickly through the other stages of Appliance Death rather rapidly and was soon primed for the final stage–Shopping. I don’t relish shopping, but when it is time to get a new dryer, it is time to get a new dryer. I alerted the Significant Other who was, as usual. sitting at the computer, clicking from one political website to another, muttering things like, “those bastards!” and “douche-nozzle!”

“I guess we’ll have to go shopping for a new dryer tomorrow. Our dryer stopped spinning.”

“That sucks!” I wasn’t sure if he was referring to the dryer situation or something going on in Wisconsin, so I didn’t press the matter.

During lunch on Sunday, I mentioned that dryer shopping was on our agenda for the day. I could tell by the look on his face that my long time companion had other ideas.

Oh, no. Don’t say it…

“I think I can fix it.”

Uh oh.

The truth is, he can fix things. He is very talented that way. The problem is not “if” but “when.”  I knew we could pretty much make it until the next weekend without using the dryer, but I was determined that come the following weekend, I would not be without a dryer.

Years ago I made a vow to myself :

“As God is my witness, I will never darken the door of a laundry mat again!”

And it is a vow I intend to never, ever break!

Significant Other is a skilled procrastinator. If someone ever got around to breaking ground on the Procrastinator’s Hall of Fame, my Significant Other’s picture would be on prominent display. (Assuming they ever made the time to actually start hanging the pictures…)

Imagine my surprise when I returned home from work yesterday and, as I was putting my bike away, I heard the musical sound of the dryer humming. Not just humming, but humming along to the drum turning.

Of course, for the rest of the night I had to listen to him crow about how he fixed the dryer–every detail, in fact. How he found a troubleshooting site online, how he called around to get the best price on a belt, how he drove to the place that sold the belt, was stopped by a train on the way, but persevered the rest of the 5 mile trek to the dryer belt selling place, how he came home and had to pry the top off of the dryer….something, something…screws…something, something…

You can see, he sort of lost me somewhere in there. But I kept nodding and smiling. It was the least I could do.

Hopefully there will be no TV crews in my way when I get to work today and my major appliances will behave, at least through the weekend.

Happy Thursday.

6 Responses to “Random things about yesterday”

  1. That Weather Girl April 7, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    “the First Stage of Appliance Death–denial”

    Yes, that is something I have experienced several times. It is almost as bad as “Hurricane Power Loss for Days” denial. But the weeping associated with throwing away hundreds of dollars of spoiled food that follows “hurricane power loss for days” brings one back to the reality of the situation very quickly. It’s very difficult to deny the stench of rotting meat.

    Glad your story had a happier ending!

    • catzenspace April 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

      I am glad my story had a happier ending as well. I am amazed the dryer got fixed so quickly. At my house, that is a bit of a miracle!

  2. wwendy smith April 7, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Oh this one made me laugh, I more than identify with the procrastinating significant other.

    • catzenspace April 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      As a procrastinator or the partner of a procrastinator? (Or both?)

  3. Fred Lehman April 7, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Being on television is not all that bad. I’ve been on three time. Once was when I was in the HS choir and twice, late at night when they still did the midnight hour vespers. I’ve also had my picture in the newspaper twice, but there was not fame or fortune in it.
    As for procrastinating, I think my dad has your significant other beat. It’s been 4 months now since we did the grocery shopping. Though, we shop in bulk, and we’ve been getting a lot of take out and he takes my mom out often, I’m out of my vitamins and it’s taking its toll.

    • catzenspace April 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      I hope Dad goes to the store soon! Gotta have those vitamins!

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