I fear the “softening up period” may be over. For some of us, at least.
But maybe not! Allow me to explain...
It was about a year ago when I began documenting stories of appliance and plumbing problem that seemed too sequential and too conniving to be simply random failures.
You know about my recent van transmission failure, and that afterwards that same van began to make the most God-awful noises that sounded like ball joints or other front-suspension components that were failing, right? And you know that it turned out to be nothing more than a loose dipstick? (Yes, dipstick. I KNOW that sounds like a joke, but it's not.)
Then I documented Christina’s seemingly MAJOR computer malfunction, which later corrected itself. Remember that?
Those instances convinced me that the conspiracy was just softening us up, pretending to inflict us with serious, expensive problems, but then allowing them to “go away” with no expense. Thus we’d be lulled into that famous “false sense of security.”
Well, last week I ordered an external computer hard drive from Amazon.com. They sent me the wrong item! No problem, right? I had plenty of documentation about what I had ordered, and Amazon apologized and expedited the process of exchanging the item for the right one.
MORE softening up!
Today, our house drain plumbing (sewer) backed up. AGAIN! (I’m NOT making these up!)
That was one of the first indications of this conspiracy that I chronicled a year ago! This time, though, the problem did NOT “fix itself.” It required replacement of a piece of underground PVC drain pipe. A plumber was called. There was a lot of digging, sweating, cursing, and angst. And THEN the plumber arrived. His total bill? $600!!
This was NOT "softening up!" This was SERIOUS.
Well, not as bad as the $3,000 transmission overhaul, but still!!
Why am I not sure whether or not the softening up period is over or not? Well, this might be just a continuation of the problems of a year ago, and not part of a new major attack. How does on know for sure?
Rest assured, though, that I am working hard on the problem and will keep you well-informed of my conclusions once all the evidence has been collected and the analysis complete.
Soft or hard? Ready or not, here it comes.