Robert hadn't called or arrived by 5pm, so I called AC Plumbing to see what was up. Michelle told me he'd be by tonight. He had one thing to fix in Monterey and then he'd be back my way. No problem, I thought. If he's running late, he's running late.

Then she called me back at about 5:45pm to let me know he hadn't made it to Monterey yet because a job in Los Altos ran behind. His new plan was to finish up in Monterey and then hit my place first thing in the morning.

That was my cue to get the 90 foot garden hose back out and take a shower.

The moral of this story: I should have just gone to work after my oil change and waited for Robert to call. I may have gotten more done that way.

Posted by jzawodn at January 26, 2005 09:14 PM

Reader Comments
# Matt said:

So are any of your neighbors having this issue too? It would seem likely that everyone in your development will end up with this problem if they haven't already.

on January 26, 2005 10:30 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I suspect some may have had this problem. This may be a good reason to finally attend one of the montly HOA meetings and ask that very question.

on January 26, 2005 10:40 PM
# drunkenbatman said:

Bummer man, showering with a hose would just suck. Of course it's winter here, which means you'd die shortly, but hey.

on January 27, 2005 04:12 AM
# Bubba said:

I feel so bad for ya on all this, so I ordered your High Performance MySQL book. :)

on January 27, 2005 12:34 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


I never thought of this as a book selling scheme.

That gives me an idea... ;-)

on January 27, 2005 01:05 PM
# Aaron Brazell said:

The moral of this story: I should have just gone to work after my oil change and waited for Robert to call. I may have gotten more done that way.
hmmmm. I kinda suspected things at Y! were getting a little slow. Now I know why.

on January 27, 2005 05:22 PM
# Richie said:

Jerry, my confused friend:

A small piece of advice.

Living in SV, driving an Accura, paying cash for a repair that your insurance carrier most likely would/could/should cover, can't leave you with much left-over.

Don't forget to save some dough for a rainy day, like when Google and Yahoo are acquired by Microsoft :)

I save about 32% of my pre-tax pay, every year. A high net worth cures almost all ills.

I can walk into any Wal*Mart store, and pay cash anything (and everything) I see.

The added benefit is that many cashiers know this (I go there almost every day). I've had many brief, but memorable affairs with cashiers of many races. The piercings, the tattoos, the fact that many don't speak fluent English - life doesn't get much better.

I'd suggest that you work on saving a boatload of dough ASAP, and, if you ever get married, make sure to hide it from your spouse.


on January 27, 2005 08:05 PM
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