Greetings, Thanksgiving, Home Maintenance, and a Brief Message for Felicia Day.

Well, the long holiday weekend is nearly over, and I can honestly say, “finally.”

Not that I don’t love Thanksgiving. I LOVE Thanksgiving. There’s no such thing as too much turkey, nor is there such a thing as too many turkey leftovers (I’m looking at you, Felicia Day… ).

You know what I don’t love, though? When you’re doing that early, not-really-dishwashing-but-simply-organizing-the-dirty-dishes-in-the-sink thing, just rinsing plates and running the disposal to get a jump on the actual cleaning later, you know?

And then there’s water under your sink.

A lot of water. Disposal water. Eww.

So we stopped using that side of the sink, called the plumber, and were lucky enough to be able to have a guy come out the next morning.* Unfortunately, the next morning, I got a call that he couldn’t make it till Monday.

Just as a brief aside, here’s the text exchange I had with my wife at work when I got that call Friday morning:

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“It wouldn’t be us if it wasn’t.” Nearly 28 years and that should be our family motto. Regardless, we were getting it fixed.

Later that same afternoon, the plumber called, saying they’d had a cancellation, and asking if they could come over right then?

Well, duh. Of course.

So by 6 pm, we had a new, fully functioning, non-leaking garbage disposal, consigning the leaky, original-to-the-house (20 years) disposal to the ash heap of history.

The new disposal, by the way, isn’t some contractor standard “In-sink-erator,” no, Sir.

It’s a Wolverine Brass.** Full stainless steel interior, quieter, more powerful, etc., etc.

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So finally, this weekend is on the verge of being complete. I also managed to get the Christmas tree and lights up on Friday while I was waiting for the Plumber to come, not-come, come again, along with a very stylish outdoor inflatable decoration, which will cost some bastard teenager his testicles if he messes with it.

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Classy, no?

But that’s it, for now. Enjoy your turkey leftovers (Felicia), and prepare yourself for the long slog toward Christmas.

Happy Holidays, everyone.


*I know what you’re thinking: why didn’t I just do the work myself? 2 reasons: A) Any store with a disposal for sale was closed for Thanksgiving, and B) I don’t do plumbing. Too much possibility for associated disaster. Light switch, light fixture, outlet, etc., I’m good. No plumbing.
**Full disclosure: as a born and bred Pennsylvania boy, and by extension a Penn State Football fan, I hate all things Wolverine, because Michigan. But the disposal is pretty nice, so I’ll make an exception, just this once.

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