August 10, 2007

Looks Like I Picked The Wrong Week To Stop Sniffing Glue

Fans of the movie "Airplane" will get that Lloyd Bridges quote instantly.

The rest of you will wonder what the heck is wrong with me. But, honestly, after the last two weeks I'm wondering if I shouldn't make a quick run to the hobby shop.

Some of you may recall that recently my refrigerator went on the fritz. It was a really inconvenient time for it to happen (not that there is ever a time that is convenient, just more convenient) but I dealt with it.

A few days later, I run my dishwasher before I go to bed and when I wake up...a burning smell. Not good. Motor is blown out. Need a new one.

OK, what else can go wrong?

Glad you asked.

I have one of those metal frame above ground pools. You know, the kind you set up yourself and then take down at the end of the season? It looks like this:


Except you need to take away all the shiny happy people in the picture and insert me in the pool with a skimmer. Because that's what I've spent so much time doing. Oh, and give the water a greenish hue because of all the pollen we got this year.

Now my yard is such that the most level area to put it happens be near trees. Mature trees, I might add.

Yesterday, I woke up to find a twenty five foot limb from the top of a neighboring oak tree in the pool. Well, more than just in the pool. The heavier end smashed the metal frame and tore a huge four foot gap in the lining from top to bottom and in excess of 6,000 gallons of water emptied down my driveway (though luckily away from my house and my nearest neighbor's house).

I'll post pics later. But believe me I'm not making this up. [UPDATE - see below]


My guess is that the lightning storm we had the other day caused the break but somehow it kept from actually falling for another twenty-four to thirty-six hours.

I'm lucky no one was hurt.

So thus far, the month has August has been pretty rough for me. And it's only the 10th. Sheesh.

Posted by Gary at August 10, 2007 10:45 AM | TrackBack

Been keeping up to date on propitiating local deities? I'm guessing somebody skipped a sacrifice to Hermes this week.

Posted by: Ed Flinn at August 10, 2007 02:42 PM

Actually, I've been searching my kids' rooms for stolen tiki idols (a al The Brady Bunch) because I swear I'm under a curse right now.

Posted by: Gary at August 10, 2007 02:56 PM

One piece of good news: bad nasty s**t usually comes in threes (usually). So I imagine your karmic financial frappe/trauma is done.

I'd go out and do a good dead for somebody in thanks for all of the Blessings you have received.

Posted by: wayne at August 11, 2007 12:57 PM