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MURPHY WAS AN OPTIMIST

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Most people are familiar with Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” But I’ve always been a bigger fan of O’Toole’s Commentary: “Murphy was an optimist.” Last week in this column I told you about a string of frustrating events that occurred at my house, all within the space of a week. Today I’ll give you an update on this situation. First up is the mysteriously hard to locate water leak. After moving a dry rock wall and pulling up several boards in our deck, the plumber thought the leak was outside, not under the slab. (Sigh of relief here!) Fingers crossed, we had the repair work done, then watched and waited. A few days later, the leak was back. The next step involved figuring out where under the slab it was and doing some major repairs to deal with it. Then we waited to see if that worked. There were a few delays and a monsoon’s worth of rain. But then the leak reappeared. Of course it did . . . Murphy was an indeed an optimist. We’re currently pursuing the theory that the leak is NOT under the slab – it’s under the deck. So we’re once again watching and waiting to see if the problem is resolved. Stay tuned. The second problem involved replacing our clothes dryer that conked out while we were busy dealing with the leak. We purchased a new one, only to learn that it would take two weeks to get it in stock. The day before delivery, the store informed us it wouldn’t arrive for another month. We promptly cancelled our order and started shopping again. That’s when we found out that certain brands were in short supply and on back order with the suppliers. After several phone calls, we finally got a different brand and – ta da! – it was delivered a few days later. Go figure. We have no idea why buying an appliance was so complicated, and at this point we really don’t care. We have a dryer. That’s what matters. The third problem was my Allergy Attack From Hell. It’s been two weeks since that occurred. I’m happy to say I’m doing much better. The coughing spells are still with me, but I no longer sound like a cat with a bad case of hairball. Now it just sounds like a mild case of whooping cough. I’m thinking about investing in a cough drop company. Murphy was right. And he was way to much of an optimist. Photo Source: Tenstickers.com

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