11 January 2012

Pipe Dreams

Today, I shared a fabulous bonding moment with the old plumber that works for our hospital.  I love this old man . . . not as much as I love my own Soho from the OR, but almost.  He's gentle and kind and always assumes I speak more Hausa than I actually do.

My shower has always had a bit of a drip . . . but while I was away for the conference, it turned into more of a stream.   

I had been advised that when it comes to leaky faucets, it's best to try and fix it yourself.  So that's what I did.  

But that was a really dumb idea. 

I know about as much about plumbing as I do brain surgery . . . which should have been my first hint not to touch anything.

I fiddled with a few knobs and before I knew it was holding the only movable part of my shower in my hand.  


At first I couldn't get it back on . . . but with a little elbow grease and prayer for a miracle, the nozzle slipped back in place. 

My fear of not being able to shower greatly outweighed my desire to Mrs.FixIt (we all get to play the 'shallow' card once in a while).  So, this morning, I called in the big guns.

I left Soho the Plumber alone in my bathroom to work his magic.  After a little while, I stepped in to check on the progress.  

He resembled the Little Dutch Boy . . . just old and African.  

He was leaning over the side of the tub, left hand pressed flat over the hole where the water faucet was supposed to be.  In his right hand was the biggest wrench I've ever seen.  

He was soaking wet!

Suddenly the wrench slipped from his grasp and landed with a thud on the floor of my tub.  I instinctively reached for it . . . just as he did.

Water came shooting from behind his hand . . . right into my face!

It was only for a split second, but it was enough!  

And like the water spewing from my shower came our roars of laughters!

He got the spout covered again and we managed to communicate enough for a handoff of the pieces he needed to finish the job.  

We laughed again and again as he recounted the story to me in Hausa, as if I hadn't been there!


Joyful said...

Funny. I could visualize it. Imagine having so much water spurting all over the place in a dry land :-) Hope your shower is working soonest.

Bobnrobn said...

In one of the boxes I am packing for the next container, a new shower head has been included!  xoxoxox 'the ole lady'   

San Francisco Plumbing said...

Your blog can be brilliantly prepared I am really impress through your blog
significantly and I’m keen to read more blog post in the same blog. Keep writing in this way on the

Bethany Reamer said...

so glad you are back on the blog =)

Bethany Reamer said...

is there a container going?  i have some things for Deb!

Shal said...

So funny! And I love the title of the post!

Deb. said...


Deb. said...

I think there will be one packed sometime in the next few months . . . I'll let you know when I know. And just found out that the other one is still stuck in customs . . . they think it will be another 60 days before it's released!!! OY!