Bag of Randomness for Thursday, December 29, 2022

  • That’s a photo of Miss Ukraine in costume at the Miss Universe pageant.
  • I’m just saying, when I worked at Southwest Airlines, you didn’t see the kind of mess they are in now.
  • We had a surprise waiting for us when we got back from our church’s Christmas Eve service. Two-inches of running water. My first thought – It’s the evening of Christmas Eve, ain’t no way I’m gonna get anyone to come out in this literally freezing weather. My second thought – This is going to make for a memorable Christmas.
  • I was grateful that I wore my Merrill hiking shoes. I think they are ugly, but they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned, and they never need breaking in. This time, I paid a little extra for the water-proof version. The downside to them is they don’t vent well, so my feet sweat a lot in them. However, if you come home to a flooded garage, they come in quite handy.
  • My washing machine is in the garage, and that seemed to be where the water was coming from. I turned off both the hot and cold water to the washing machine, but the water didn’t slow. That meant I had to start moving stuff out of the way to find the source of the water. I don’t have the tidiest garage, but my kids are troopers and helped me move stuff out of the way. When I finally moved the washing machine from the wall, I was able to see water gushing from inside the wall. Thankfully, when I moved in, I made sure to ask the landlord’s management company where the shutoff valve is and kept their emergency contact number.
  • I called the emergency contact number, and per the greeting, someone should be manning the line. But I know it’s Christmas Eve. Thankfully, I kept the cell phone number of one of the rental property’s client manager. Thankfully, he picked up. He said he was on call, but in a rush to get out of the office, left the “on-call” phone in the office. But, he said I did the right thing in tracking him down.
  • While I’m grateful to be living in a house, it’s not one I’m very proud of. There are many things wrong with it. For instance, the garage slopes the wrong way, so none of the water was draining out. My son reminded me that I owned a small wet-dry vacuum, so I was able to use that to get three couple of inches of water out. I think I emptied that thing at least ten times.
  • When a plumber was finally able to come the following afternoon, we found the culprit to be shoddy repair work. A PVC piped used to for lawn sprinklers was used instead of one used for indoor plumbing.
  • I love watching theĀ Kennedy Center Honors. It was great seeing Christian music (which I have a love/hate association with) get a spotlight with Amy Grant’s induction. Her music reminded me of a happier and more confident time in my life. Of course, it was great to see my favorite band be honored as well. I’ve never been one for Borat. I liked that Eddie Vedder was part of the festivities, though I thought it would have been Bruce Springsteen. But Springsteen inducted them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • It’s still hard for me to listen to U2’s music. I’m not there yet, but one day I will get lost in their music again.
  • As of right now, I feel like my best days are behind me. You have no idea how much I want to be proven wrong.




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