"Bynum and Sons Plumbing, authorized provider for Home Depot, this is Whitney, how may I help you?"
the first customer i spoke to today had a water heater installed the day before
and it was already leaking out the top.
out the top means it's defective and needs to be replaced. (usually)
ok, not a problem, i switched things around on the day's busy schedule
so that we could make it to her home today.
i told her the available appointment time would be between 3-6pm.
do you know what she told me?...
"3 to 6??? This is RIDICULOUS! I don't have HOT WATER! 3-6 is the SOONEST?!
I cannot SHOWER...I cannot do my DISHES!!! This is an E-MER-GEN-CY. Do you understand? I mean, COME ON."
people are SO ungrateful.
last i checked, hot water is not a requirement to shower or wash dishes.
water, yes. HOTwater, no.
i wanted to shut ALL her water off because of her attitude.
i hear these things daily though.
people completely LIVID because we can't fit them in on the spot for
a garbage disposal replacement.
i guess i can't comprehend why not having one is the end of the world,
we don't even HAVE a disposal in my house.
or one man who told me he'd been without hot water for a week,
and had no clean dishes to use because they are all stacked up and dirty
and cannot be washed until he gets hot water.
it's called detergent, a rag, water, and your hands...get to work buddy!
i understand that in this country people are used to living with more luxuries than most.
we are blessed.
but the whole I NEED IT NOW mentality...i cannot stand it.
instant gratification. too many people are diseased with it.
it's always BIGGER or BETTER and comparing...
we see something, we want it, we get it...who cares if you can afford it.
just swipe a card.
and then we don't appreciate what we have
because there's ALWAYS something else better we desire.
people think they have to have EVERYTHING..and right at their fingertips.
life would be over if one couldn't make a call, text, google something on the spot, or have music, movies, tv and games to entertain them if get they stuck waiting somewhere.
patience is a virtue few possess these days.
so is simplicity.
words of the english author, Aldous Huxley:
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
but i guess people think i'm the weird one.
i don't own a smartphone, honestly i'd rather keep my phone off most days.
i don't own my own laptop. or my own car.
and my ipod is first generation, people call it a dinosaur.
i don't even have cable. tv is not a priority to me.
though i do like this season of american idol :)
i will never pay top dollar for name brand anything...and i love thrift stores.
as a result...i'm pleased to have a growing savings account.
you know...maybe one day we'll have a flood or natural disaster like japan.
and then people will realize how unimportant all this stuff is.
i would like to think that with this economy, people would be a bit more wise.
anyway...i think i'm done with today's rant.
I've started wearing flip flops again.
and all the blossoms and breeze make each day beautiful.
the pollen count is outrageous, but i don't have allergies, what a blessing!
love the weather.
mom is on her new medication and is feeling 100% great.
having to drive her around is a blessing because we spend more time together.
dacy finds out soon-ish if she's having a boy or girl :)
cinnamon's husband, paul, is getting used to his new job in afghanistan.
i believe he's been there 2 months now.
i still miss kevin more than ever.
i kind of always feel like i'm half missing. i think that's why i'm so hermit-ish.
but i'm a strong believer that everything has it's purpose and timing.
are worth working and waiting for.
my week's notes to self:
1. put yourself in other people's shoes
2. start conversations with strangers
3. gossip less. it's dirty.
4. be grateful. show it.
5. the most important history in the world is the history of the church.