While browsing my blogroll yesterday, I found a post by kenju in which she describes a pretty nasty refrigerator repair job.
The hairs on the back of my neck rose.
Some of you (wonderful) regular readers may not remember, but several months ago I detailed a growing conspiracy within my home among the various plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Yes, I said conspiracy! How else can you explain the “seeming” random series of leaks, spread out among a toilet in one bathroom, a lavatory supply line in the other bathroom, and the outside garden hose? In the midst of these, there were also failures of appliances from my washing machine all the way down to a safe, reliable toaster!
(I even began to hear the house clicking and groaning at night in a clear attempt to help these various so-called “inanimate” objects communicate!)
How do you explain that?
Paranoia? NO! My doctor has me on meds for that, so that’s not it!
Coincidence, you say? Ha! You probably also believe in the tooth fairy!
After I had faithfully chronicled these occurrences and pointed out the obvious conspiracy (no other word seems adequate), several of you detailed similar stories of your own. Thus validating my research and conclusions!
So, after reading kenju’s post, I felt duty-bound to warn her. I did so in a comment, reproduced here for you to read:
Judy, you've just hit one of my "hot buttons."
The fridge repair you speak of will almost certainly lead to plumbing problems and other electric appliances malfunctioning. It's a conspiracy well known to my faithful readers. I described my own experiences in postings of several months ago, and my readers have weighed in with their own. Suffice to say that once it starts, the plumbing and wiring and appliances will work together against you to make your life Hell.
You'll see! Sorry.
Now, wasn’t that the right thing to do? Not that there’s anything she can do about it. But at least she’ll know it’s coming! (I wonder if anyone has tried exorcism...?)
For any of you who may still possess lingering doubts on this issue, let me show you kenju’s response to my comment. She replies:
“John, it has already started. First the water holding tank (we're on a well) burst and then 3 days later, a pipe burst under the house and flooded the crawl space for the second time in a week. The next day the fridge started peeing all over the kitchen floor and one of our toilets doesn't want to flush properly. The last time we had a driving rainstorm, the ceiling leaked in our master bathroom (around the sky-light), and I had to go on Lasix for my own ‘water problems.’
The oddest thing is: last week I read an on-line astrology site I check every month and it said that the planet Neptune (the water planet) is in my "house of home" for the next two years - so I should expect water problems in my house. Now they tell me!”
Well, there you are!
Poor girl—in her state of stress she has fallen back on believing that the stars might have had something to do with all of this. How naïve to believe astrologers!
I mean, I knew it was going to happen to her without consulting the astrological charts. That was an easy, obvious prediction to make, once you understand the conspiracy and how pervasive it is.
I’m sure that I will now be besieged by another round of these leaks and failures, all because I’m trying to be diligent and warn the world.
Ah, the price we pay when we try to inform an unsuspecting public.