Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Feed Me, Seymour!


So we got up this morning to a wet, sloppy, blowing snowfall. Won't stick, it's not cold enough on the flats, and it is already turning to rain, but we had to take our camper into the shop in the middle of it because that's when they could slot us, and traffic was, well, rush hour traffic compounded by icky weather.

Not being a morning person, I'd prefer that such things should commence no earlier than, say, eleven a.m. Those folks who run around going on about the beauty of the sunrise and all? It's just like a sunset, except on the other side of town ...

Our camper has in it a toilet, and it was leaking. Having expended my handyman abilities by tightening everything I could reach that was loose, and doing so in a space designed for Lilliputians, I realized it needed a new seal, and those aren't like the normal wax rings you can get at the hardware store for the house johns, so, in it had to go.

The idea of looking up to see the dogs wading neck-deep through black water effluvia in the camper is not one I wish to contemplate in any detail. If you think a toilet backing up at home is bad, picture the scene rolling down the freeway at sixty with it swirling around your ankles ...

Nope, no thank you, it went in to to the professionals.

Income taxes loom, the toothdriller wants to send his kids to college on my dime, the dog's surgery took another bite, and last month's heating bill during the cold and snow is the highest it's ever been in this house, and that with the thermostat dialed down every night. Easy come, easy go, so it is said, but have you ever noticed that spending it seems to happen a lot faster than making it?




5 comments:

Steve Perry said...

And so the camper mechanic called, and you know it isn't just the seal, there's a broken flange and a problem with the blackwater tank.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ ....

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

uhhh, the title and the lead-in pic had me imagining the post would be about something else entirely. So I have to say I'm relieved...

Steve Perry said...

Well, if you look at el banjo there in profile, it looks amazinging like the people-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors.

Kind of a theme for this post and last, though Wm. Goldman's Marathon Man, with Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier (as the Nazi dentist) is the source of the "Is is safe?" quote.

Goldman is my source for best movie quotes, running from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to All the Presidents Men, to Marathon Man, to The Princess Bride.

The man can write.

Michael B. said...

Hey Steve funny you should write about camper mishaps...my father is on his way down for my wedding this weekend and pulling his camper (1221 miles). He called me just about two hours ago and relayed to me the bad news that he had a HOPPER explosion in his camper...LOL...amazing.

Steve Perry said...

Michael --

Sorry about your Dad's camper. I feel his pain. Turns out the place where we bought ours went of of business and we have to order a new tank from the factory in Iowa ...

Congratulations on the wedding, though ...