WatchThat First Step its a Big One!


Annother week totally screwed up by my own emotions, I admit, I could have stayed, as a matter of fact, I almost did, almost said ‘never mind’ & took my lunch break & stayed until 8 like I should have, but once you tell your boss you have diareah it’s hard to take it back, my boss is a heartless scorpio, If I had said to him ‘look, I’ve been yelled at, treated like an idiot (even after I fixed their problem) & verbally abused today, I just can’t take anymore, I’ve already fought down tears on 3 calls & it’s not even 1 pm yet.’ He’d have said ‘get over it, let it roll off, they’re not yelling at you, they’re yelling at the company’ Most of the time I’m able to remember it but today I could not do it, adding to the problems is that there’s some things I just can’t help, if someone is coming to a customer’s house to fix their problem the customer is given a 4 hour window in which the repair person is supposed to arrive, since a repair person is given 4-6 jobs in a day if they run late at 1 job, all the rest end up late too, that’s a given, most people can understand that, even I can understand that. However, the amount of late jobs, jobs where no one shows up or calls at all sometimes on even 3 or 4 different scheduled dates is rising, it used to be I’d talk to 2-3 people a day on this issue, now from 1130 on through the rest of the day (yes, even up to 8 pm & later – we’re nationwide so my 8pm is 5 in California) I hear this nearly every other call. People who’ve been stood up are always really pissed off too! Not that I blame them, I just can’t understand why they have to be so damn hateful to me.

So I couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t, especially since our sink broke last night, Mr 7 for reasons known best to him sat on the kitchen sink’s water faucet over the summer, I patched it up, taped it up for awhile but it’s been getting worse & worse, the metal ripped through where it was stressed & the hole kept getting bigger, The whole faucet broke off last night Needless to say I was not pleased, why do these things happen on the week I don’t get paid? Luckily that’s what credit cards are for! So when I left work I headed to the stores to get a faucet, I’d been pricing faucets in Lowes & Home Depot for weeks & they were all pretty expensive, the cheapest was over 40 bucks. This morning though, while I was telling a co-worker about the faucet breaking right off last night he told me he’d had to replace the one in his new (to him) house this summer & said that Walmart had them for less than $30. got that, some socks (I’m a barefoot person & hate socks, but since I heat alternatively I have to have socks in cold weather, its the first truly cold day of the season today & I haven’t bought socks in 2 years for myself so when I went to put some on this morning I found they all had holes in them!) & Some metallic paint pens for the kids & my craft project this weekend. Then I went home, feeling better for being away from the toxic atmosphere at my work (The really insulting part is that they make out like it’s such a great job & that it pays SO well & is such fun) So the same co-worker who told me about getting a cheaper faucet at Walmart & my boss both told me that all I had to do was turn off the water, unhook the tubes which feed the water, unscrew the connectors under the sink, pull the old faucet out & put the new faucet in & tighten everything really well, but not too much. The instructions confirmed it, turn off the water, take out the old, put in the new.

No one mentioned that the old one has been there since 1959 & the hot water base’s nut would be so corroded & rusted that I wouldn’t be able to get it to budge, or that the water shut offs under the sink would be useless & so I’d have to turn off the water at the main source in the basement! I spent 4 hours pulling & tugging on an adjustable wrench (all I would need, I was assured) most of a can of wd40 (& man do I wish I had that stupid little straw that came with it!) & then a set of vice grips (always my tool of last resort & usualy it works) I did, with the vice grips get the cold water bolt loose but the hot water pipe is not moving an inch & I’m starting to chip pieces of metal off it, stripping the squared off parts of the nut which will make it even harder in the long run. I broke the hot water pipe under the sink off at the join, the cement holding it together was dried out & the whole thing just snapped, I have an aching back & I’m now intimately aquainted with the underside of my sink & all the stuff I keep in the adjoining cupboards, I’ve got mouse turds & wd40 in my hair & rust flakes in my eyes ears & cleavage & I can’t take a shower because it’s still in pieces & I can’t turn the water back on. To her credit, miss 16, while not standing over me the whole time did come every time I called her with out complaint to bring me water to drink, the vice grips, the step stool to support my back, towels to lie on to support my back more, a rag & my socket set (none are deep enough) we went out & got pipe cement & a new joiner for the hot water pipe & they’re back together nice & tight but since the shutoff valve under the sink does nothing I still can’t turn the water back on. 16 has a friend who’s a guy who she’s going to ask to come by tommorow & see if he can loosen the nut, he works on cars she says so he should be able to get it loose (I don’t doubt that, my ex was really good at that sort of thing & he worked on cars most of the time we were together) I don’t actually need someone to do the whole job- just take that stupid nut off, I’m confident I can put the faucet in, if I could just get past that first step- taking the old one out!

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