Friday, October 28, 2005

Bob, can you cue the "Hallelujah Chorus" please?

Guess who is providing electric only for themselves again???? That's right. As the three electrical trucks pulled away from the front of the house this afternoon, I looked out the window to find the power cord back on my driveway. No "thank you very much, we are done building our house with your power" or anything.

Having received a lecture from my mother on setting boundaries (something I found completely impossible because frankly, who is going to anticipate that when the neighbor asks for an electrical cord to run a couple of lamps, they are then going to jackhammer the brick off the front of the house? I can't be the only person who didn't see that coming), I will be sure to draft a contract the next time someone asks for a similar favor. But her point was well taken (and as always, her heart was in the right place).

It's amazing how leaving the house for the better part of the day when it is 45 degrees and the contractor being forced to get a generator TWO DAYS IN A ROW directly corresponds with the electrician showing up (after 3 weeks). So long to that co-dependent relationship.

I will miss those days of heading down to the pitch black basement with only a match light to guide me (since I can't find one friggin' flashlight even though we must have a THOUSAND in this house and who would think to light one of the 8 million candles I have in every nook and cranny). I will miss the power going out as I vacuumed, when I was TiVo-ing the Charlie Brown Halloween show so Boo could have his first Charlie Brown experience (who really watches the middle 14 minutes of a 30 minute show anyway?), and having to leave all the lights on in the basement.

I still think they should have mowed my lawn for me as thanks. Now that would have made it all worthwhile.

11 comments:

Marel Lecone said...

Maybe you could write up a little thing for them in the Christmas card that you'll send. "Always there to make your day and season so bright!" But, please, don't send them those really nice cards you get. And, send only a card . . . don't bake them cookies or whatever else you do so special. I know you . . . you're just so damn generous! :)

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

ok , I am with marel:)

Laura said...

Hey! Can I borrow your garden hose (to fill up my new 8 billion gallon inground pool)??? Hee hee...
And if you must give cookies, make sure they get the ones that are burnt on the bottom. That'll fix their wagon.
;P
~L.

momma of 2 said...

uhm our power went out for a while today - could I have an extension cord or two - have a freezer, tv and of course the computer to run.... LOL...

Now you know...

amy said...

You're right in that you couldn't have predicted having to power a neighbor's jackhammer. I suggest you just keep visiting their house during their next nice dinner party to ask for a cup of sugar. And keep going back over and over again (tell them you keep dropping it between houses or that you spilled it in the sink, or whatever). But all of marel's suggestions work too ... so many ways to get back at them for that!!

J.P. said...

Skip the burnt cookies and offer brownies laden with Ex-Lax.

Marel Lecone said...

Just back from New Hampshire. And, every comment here is hilarious! [big giggles!!!]

missbhavens said...
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missbhavens said...

I'm so glad they aren't taking advantage of your kindness any more! I wonder what other items they will borrow/abuse as the seasons pass...will they borrow your snowblower and create three-foot drifts against your front door? Will they trade some scented candles for your skeeter-beater lights thus insuring you and your family an itchy summer? I can't wait to find out!

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

I personally like the Ex-lax laden brownie idea...;)

PBS said...

Some people are greedy and/or thoughtless.