Teh Squeaky Wheel
Happy Black Friday, Wheelizens!
(Wait…is the term “Black Friday” raycisss?? It’s hard to know what is and what ain’t these days. It used to be pretty simple, but everything’s so “nuance-y” nowadays what with intersectionality and other progressive philosophies…)
Since we ate early (~1:30) because the kids had to attend another fete by SiL’s family and they had no way to keep perishables cold), we have a lovely surfeit of favored leftovers; teh yay! (I’m talkin’ to you, ham, turkey and Squash of teh Godz!)
Additionally, GoodWifeK had picked up a tub of some cranberry thingy from Publix made with naught but cranberries, sugar and orange juice concentrate. Deemed “far too tangy” for guests (it is quite intensely-flavored), so we didn’t serve it…but olive it! And the whole tub is mine…MINE!
Take that, scurvy!
Hope you’ve all recuperated from your food comas and have a lovely day; BBL.
Morning Fatwa. I am waiting on a plumber. The water hammer buffer that is code on water heaters here decided to spring a leak just before our company arrived yesterday. I turned off the hot water and drained it and we mopping up the garage as they arrived. Not the greatest timing but I was glad we did not lose all water. I have a valve on the line leading to the heater, it has saved us more than once now. Found someone this morning who is supposed to be here withing the next two hours. I got up before 7 am to be ready. Elena leaves tonight and the niece will be bringing the cats today. Interesting day ahead.
Yesterday went well and we all had a good time. I hope your weekend is nice. My best to your sweet brideK.
Bummer about your water heater; hope the plumber is competent and fair.
BTW, neither BK or I ever thought of you as “the blue collar Gerbil”; you’re freakin’ smart, well-read and well-rounded, write well, interesting, engaging and you listen to opera.
As re your former business, we think that classifies you as “the skilled craftsman, successful entrepreneur, mentor Gerbil.” So neener, neener, neener.
Further Mrs. Arbuckle asked me to add that as someone whose career has mostly been as a “knowledge worker”, she’s most proud of the fact that she can work on her own car. She -- and I -- have the greatest admiration for people who can make things and/or keep them functioning. She thinks it’s an art. It’s functional, creative and not useless.
For myself…if I had to build a piano, I’d be playing spoons and 5-gallon plastic tubs with a couple of poorly-sawn dowels.
Happy Raycisss Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Mac!
I took Mrs. Paddy’s car in for an oil change this morning -- that’s one of those tasks that just isn’t worth doing myself, anymore. Especially when you take into consideration the hassle of disposing of the used oil.
Thanksgiving was a roaring success and we sent people home with lots of leftovers (while retaining plenty for ourselves). Tonight, Teh Older will make a frittata with turkey, stuffing, and dried cranberries.
Mac -- sorry to hear about your plumbing issues. At least you don’t have to replace the entire water heater.
With most of the family leaving, those of us staying, Elena’s older sister and father, and me, are well loaded with leftovers. I will be eating well. Turkey for sandwiches and potato salad, with Pumpkin pie. I may resemble the thread giff, or Jaba the Hut.
Hot water! You really appreciate it when it is not there. I called “The Plumbing Company”, I got a Jewish Laurel and Hardy. I came close to paying them off and finishing myself but they did get it done finally. Nice guys but I think I solder far better than they do. I did a copper hot and cold run to a washing machine, utility sink, lavatory sink, and shower when setting up to live in my shop in Fremont. A lot of fittings and connections and none on them leaked. I have even taught several people how to solder sweat fittings. I was gritting my teeth a bit watching them. The price was high but not ridiculous for the Friday after Thanksgiving. I sure did not want to go to next week. Hot shower tonight!
You got Lazhar and Herschel? I’ll bet you do solder better, Mac; hope their work’s good enough.
Glad they got the job done; hot water is a goodness.
Very happy I learned basic copper plumbing repair from Dad when I was a kid. When CasaK’s water heater bit the big one several years back, SiL and I -- amazingly -- got everything we needed in one Lowe’s trip. (Very nearly forgot the flux; remembered while we were standing at the checkout and I was able to run back and snag it.)
Even better, work got done right the first try and has held up. 😉
Glad you got your hot water back! I wonder if Fatwa was involved in the selection of your plumbers?
I think I was probably 6 when my dad taught me how to solder electrical connections. Later, he taught me how to solder copper fittings -- same technique, larger size. I remember the first time I attempted to solder copper pipe with the new, California-mandated, lead-free solder. I just couldn’t get a decent joint and the flux wasn’t doing its job. I finally went out and bought a tub of lead-free solder flux, which turned out to be solder paste -- small spheres of solder in flux. Everything worked just like it’s supposed to. Nice and easy.
Can I pretend this is social media and share something?
I realized as I posted a thread for tomorrow, I am just not ready to be writing “2019”.
I totally understand. 2020 is like ten years from now, right? At least?
It sure sounds like it. It will take that long to produce our flying cars, won’t it?
We’d have them by now, if Fatwa would get his compatriots to share their technological wizardry with the rest of us.
Oh noes!! Not Teh Elders!