Monday Smiles – 7/14/2014
Yesterday, we had our friends, Ron and Kerry, over for brunch. The plan was to watch the World Cup Finals then sit down together and pick our excursions for the Mediterranean cruise we are taking together later in the year. We had bagels and lox (with cream cheese, onions, tomatoes and capers, of course). Kerry made a delicious apple French Toast and brought the makings for Mimosas. Brunch was wonderful and the game was entertaining if goal-free. How could that bring anything but smiles for Monday? Let me tell you. About five minutes into extra time with Germany and Argentina tied nil-nil (as the British announcer, Jon Champion would say), I paused the Tivo to take a bathroom break. In the downstairs guest bathroom, I found myself standing in about a half inch of water. It seemed to be coming from under the toilet and the shower stall was also full of water. The carpet in Muri’s office was already wet. I sounded the alarm and we all bailed and toweled to keep the water from spreading further while we waited for the arrival of the plumber.
With the plumber on the scene, we returned to the game. I had hoped to see Argentina win so that Lionel Messi would finally get a World Cup but truthfully, the outcome of the game paled in my consciousness compared what was happening in our bathroom. We did manage to sit down and pick a few excursions for our cruise, an all day tour to Pisa and Florence at our first port and one to Pompeii when we arrive in Naples, as well as several half day tours while we’re in Rome. When Ron and Kerry left, the plumber was still cleaning up. The verdict? A severe root infestation of our main sewer line to the street, no telling how long before the drain clogs again. He recommends tearing up the driveway to replace the pipe for a cool ten grand. Yikes. There appears to be some damage to the wood floor in the bathroom but we’ll worry about that later.
Now, it’s Monday, a gray, sultry morning for July in Socal. I was awake early considering our options and, yes, on the internet learning about sewer drains. I now have a doctorate in root killing chemicals and their hazards, horizontal drilling, trenchless repiping, pipe relining and video sewer pipe inspection. I’m still glancing in the direction of the bathroom on occasion, wondering when the flood will come again. Yes, the plumber said it should stay clear for a while but exactly how long is that? For now, we’ll schedule a video inspection and get some alternative bids.
Let’s summarize … a great brunch with friends … an entertaining futbol game with not exactly the outcome I’d have chosen … plans for a dream vacation proceeding nicely … and some expensive plumbing decisions to be made before the floods come again. I’ve often posted about happiness being a matter of where I look so I suppose I should follow my own advice. I can follow one of the many prescriptions I’ve heard for happiness … or at least for serenity. Let go and let God. People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Something about accepting things we cannot change. I need something more pragmatic at times like these, like Trust God but tie your camel to a tree. Or, in this case, get a second opinion. Or, as American artist Herm Albright once said, A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. So, it’s Monday. With some effort, I’m smiling. Hopefully, that doesn’t annoy you too much.