Friday, December 28, 2012

Exploding Pipes: Lessons Learned

I'm feeling a little bit better today. I've been out of bed for breakfast and ... well, personal business. That's the extent of it. Other than sending two text messages and two emails to building manager "F"and to his second-in-command (with no response from either), that's all I've accomplished. Still, I feel better than I did yesterday.

We've got running water — where it's supposed to be running. We've got one flushing toilet. For some reason, the other toilet doesn't work although we were told it did. But we don't have hot water. We're concerned that the water heater had something to do with the original explosion. The last plumber agreed. He called into the insurance office and the insurance office was supposed to have spoken with "F" and then sent over a technician. Nothing. Hence my messages to "F." We still have a hotel room for showers, and I have a feeling "F" and I are not going be happy with each other when I submit the bills to him. So, before I go back to bed, here's what I've learned this week.

LESSON 1: SAN GERALDO CAN COPE WITHOUT LOSING HIS HEAD.

LESSON 2: IF YOU WANT A HOLLYWOOD KITCHEN, YOU NEED THE CUT-OUT TO GO
FROM THE KITCHEN TO THE DINING ROOM AND NOT TO THE BACK HALL.
ALSO, IT'S GOOD TO DO IT WHERE THERE ARE NO PIPES.

LESSON 3: WHEN THE UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS PIPES ARE EXPOSED ABOVE
YOUR HEAD, IT OFTEN SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE ABOUT TO BE DUMPED ON.

LESSON 4: BROKEN, POLISHED SKY BLUE STUCCO IS AN IMPROVEMENT.

LESSON 5: RECOMMENDED FOR HANGING HATS.

LESSON 6: NOT RECOMMENDED FOR HANGING HEADS.
(AS IF I HADN'T BEEN FEELING CRAPPY ENOUGH!)

LESSON 7: SEVILLA IS STILL BEAUTIFUL. (CHRISTMAS DAY)
CLICK IMAGE TO SUPER-SIZE.

LESSON 8: I almost forgot. I also learned that before I say, "I forgot my glasses!" I should discreetly touch the bridge of my nose and see if I'm wearing them.

23 comments:

  1. Mitchell,
    Even from your sick bed you bubble humor, i.e. Lesson Number 8. I said it before and I’ll say it again, “SAINTHOOD” would suit you very well. Please do take care of yourself now for as you have already alluded to, you are going to need all your strength in dealing with “F” over this. Of course you could post “F” email and we all could start an email campaign, Oh my, the rebel rouser in me is starting to peek through. Guess you had better not, I fear not enough of us live close enough to have your back for you.
    I do hope all sorts itself out real soon and “F” steps up to his responsibilities, hoping, hoping !!! You guys take care and keep us up dated. Now back to bed with you and rest !!! - gary

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    1. Gary:
      Oh, I'm practicing my patience this holiday season! "F" has stepped up to his responsibilities. Unfortunately, he only has one speed... SLOW!

      Still recovering, but much better than last week!

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  2. We could all submit "F"'s email address to every catalogue company in the world (if he doesn't treat you right).

    Sending you and San Geraldo strength to deal with this mess... while you're sick, it must be really miserable.

    p.s. I chuckled all the way through, but #8's chuckle was out loud :)

    Judy

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    1. Judeet:
      And to top things off, San Geraldo's computer died yesterday and needs a new hard disc... and he's back at the dentist for "top cleaning" today. Poor guy!

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  3. A week to remember but hopefully will soon forget!! Good that one of you keeps calmer than the other....works that way here too. Good thing because not much could get done if both freak out!! Here's to 2013 Mitch....moving forward to new discoveries in this wonderful city of Sevilla.

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    1. Jim:
      After the fact, it makes for fun stories. Too bad it's not yet after the fact!

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  4. What an awful week you're having! I sure hope your landlord behaves himself and does right by you guys!

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    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      All will be fine... eventually.

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  5. Mitch...chalk this up to 'been there, done that' and don't want to do it again. I would love to be a fly on the wall when F returns...any chance you could video the scenario...we need some entertainment over here....!
    Love Sevilla pic....gorgeous!
    Ron

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    1. Ron:
      I'm such a hypocrite! Always polite and nice to "F," although more and more clear. Patience is a virtue.

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  6. I'd probably consider staying in that hotel a while longer... at least until you don't have to listen to the "flush" sounds any more. Hope everything settles back to normal soon!

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    1. Odd Essay:
      We've got the hotel for two more days and I'm about to add another three to that (given that there's been no progress today)!

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  7. Your purgatorial experience surely MUST be counterbalanced by a terrific, problem-free 2013. Sadly, we all know that life isn't quite that simple. Nevertheless, here's hoping for a long respite from your troubles to start the New Year.

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  8. Ow ow ow, that head boo-boo looks ouchy!!!

    Hope your new year is drier!

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    1. Knatolee:
      The head is already healed! Wish the plumbing was as easy!

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  9. It is good you have a sense of humor!! Not a great Christmas for you but I'm sure your new year will be much better.

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    1. Jenners:
      Despite it all, we've had some very nice moments this holiday. It's never easy!

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  10. may 2013 be better; with no closed head injuries or leaky pipes.

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    1. Spo:
      Thanks! Wishing you the same... and much more.

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  11. That looks like a big project. Hope your head feels better. Here's hoping you landlord behaves.

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    1. Kisatrtle:
      The project keeps getting bigger. Maybe we should just completely renovate while we're at it!

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  12. It can only get better from here on, right? I hope you feel much better in every way very soon, and am wishing you and Jerry a wonderful 2013!

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    1. Kristi:
      Oh, I'm cautious about saying "It can't get any worse..." It can get a LOT worse. Hopefully we'll just keep laughing.

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