All in One Day!
3:45 falls between 3:30 and 4:00 nearly everywhere in the civilized world, which is why I had no reason to expect that my new washing machine would arrive anytime before half past next Friday. But let me back up to the old washing machine.
But I had good reason to believe a resolution fell squarely in our court. We would have to buy a new washer. The electrocution was just the last affront in a series of malfeasances from this wretched machine, which Craig had ably addressed as they arose. So, when I went to Flavio ~the real estate agent through whom we pay rent and bills~ on Saturday with the pile of cash, I casually asked if something were wrong with the washer, say it’s trying to kill me “zzt!” , what to do? Oh, he’d call Franco to come out and have a look. Hm, and who would pay? The proprietor, of course. It’s normal wear and tear. Note to reader: “normal wear and tear” is frequently the renter’s responsibility, as are mandatory inspections of various kinds. I still feel a bit guilty for dodging the water heater inspection on the last flat, but not more than the owner should for not repairing the bad plumbing in the wall before we moved in. So, back to Flavio. He called up the electrician and while making the appointment ~I’m pretty sure I heard him say, “She is American, so that is a problem.”~ the concept of simply replacing the menace arose. Oh yes! That would be much better. I held my breath as Flavio rang the appliance store. Then we walked up the street, talked to the man, and made an appointment for delivery. Which is where I had left you in the first paragraph, agog at the promptness and preparedness of said delivery men (on time, with all the tools they’d need). The poor fellows had to haul the thing on a dolly up four flights of stairs. But when they were finished, it worked and hasn’t attempted murder once. I am ecstatic over the whole inconceivable process. This very fact reiterates that we do not live in what is conventionally accepted as Europe. And that’s not all. On the same day, Craig managed to work out a ride in the van going to Camp Darby to retrieve not one but two big shiny American Weber gas grills. He and a co-worker have been ogling these behemoths for weeks/months. So a brand new washing machine on the landlord’s tab and two wondrous grills were acquired in one day. The excitement was only beginning at that. Not long after the washer was merrily agitating, I went to dump the mop water down the drain. A beach ball was resting there, and plucking it out I found. . . a scorpion in my bath tub! We live in a seaside 5th story flat. Why is a desert floor dwelling arthropod hiding in my bathtub? Well, it’s not anymore. Currently, it awaits transport to a budding young entomologist… in the freezer. But I’m left spooked: there was one, there could be infinitely more, sneaking around in the night when all I want is a glass of water. I’ve spent 80% of my life with the vague fear of drinking a spider after my aunt told me she’d found one in her cup in the middle of the night. Must I for the rest of my life put on slippers for sleepy sojourns and rinse out the bathroom cup?
Now I must go have a lie down. It’s been a busy week today.