I'm feeling extremely blessed for my recent string of bad luck.
My July flight schedule has been just awful. With the exception of a string of days off at the beginning of the month when I was going to go enjoy some time away with my family-but the flights were so full-I didn’t get to go anywhere, I have been scheduled to work for six days on with one day off for three weeks.
I have underlined scheduled because “scheduled” and “actual” are two very different things. Last week, on day #6, I was scheduled to fly only one leg back from Philadelphia to Cincinnati-boom done, check out, go home. Sounds easy. Not so much.
Our airplane never made it into Philadelphia-so our outbound flight was cancelled and there were no other flight out that evening.
This week, my schedule was further complicated by water, ”the elixir of life”. On Sunday morning, the hose that connects the water supply to my toilet burst. According to my plumber, Bob Fish of Fish Plumbing, “several gallons of water can easily gush out of there every minute”. According to me, 10-15 minutes is enough time to create a wading pool in your bedroom and bathroom.
To make matters worse...much worse, during the wee hours of this morning (Wednesday), my hot water tank spontaneously combusted. I swear that a 30 gallon tank holds a river’s worth of water. I now had a wading pool in my utility room, kitchen and dining room.
So, why do I feel blessed?
- I am tired, but healthy.
- I have insurance and a job.
- I have kind, caring, sympathetic friends and neighbors, a prompt plumber who gives an airline discount, property damage but nothing of significance lost.
- I’m one in a gazillion! What are the odds of two plumbing problems in one week and the odds of me being at home for both of them? I can’t even begin to do the real math but I know that the damage could have been significantly worse if I were away!
- The insurance companies have been called, the hot water tank has been replaced, the toilet is back in commission and the last of the skanky towels are in the dryer. The 10 industrial fans and some monstrous thing called “The LGR 2800i” are running through the weekend to dry out the floors.
- My soggy downstairs neighbors are very understanding and coping with the water damage to their units.
- The recent Feng-Shuing of Condo made mopping and cleaning a breeze.
- Not one skein of yarn, pattern or UFO was damaged or lost during the ordeal.
- My stash is safe and dry.
- I found 2 buttons, a Chibi, 6 stick markers, a #2 DP needle and 42 cents.
- I have my knitting to keep me occupied while I wait for plumbers, repairmen, insurance adjusters......