I am not a handyman. Like, not even close. I know which side of the hammer is the claw but I don’t know the name of the hitty part. Googling tells me that it is called “the face”. I was worried that it was called the “peen” because I remembered “ball-peen hammers” but then I got all giggly and hoped that I wasn’t going to use that particular term in a post. Whew.
Anyway, when it rains it pours, and there were multiple kitchen-related issues that all happened at the same freakin’ time. The garbage disposal got a crack in it and the faucet started leaking. I was stuck there thinking “how in the heck do I fix these things?”
A million years ago, there was a book that came out called “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. Any philosophy major of a certain age will tell you that this book is his or her bête noire. It is one of two things mentioned when the phil major said “I’m a phil major!” (The other thing mentioned would usually be a question about french fries.) Anyway, in the book, there is a very important section devoted to mental blocks that said something to the effect of “I don’t know how to do this, therefore I am helpless.” It talked about the process of walking from that starting place to the destination of “this is connected to that, which is connected to that other thing, which is connected to this other thing over here. The fact that I didn’t know doesn’t mean that it was difficult to understand.”
Which brings me back to staring at the mess of pipes and tubes under the sink.
So I got to Home Depot and pick up a garbage disposal. Reading the back of the box, I notice that I will have to install my own electrical connection so we can plug it in. Wait… what? Is this Europe in the 1970’s???
So I get the stuff home and, luckily, I have Maribou there to open the directions and read them aloud as we walk through the amateur electrician stuff and have her confirm that this wire is the smooth wire and that wire is the ribbed wire and, yes, the wires are not pinched after we install the protective plate and, with her help, we get the new and improved (MORE POWER! YOU CAN PUT AN WHOLE ORANGE IN THERE!) garbage disposal into place.
Just in time to notice that the faucet is leaking. And so we play the game a second time. BUT! AND HERE IS THE POINT! If you have a Maribou (Or, in the absence of a Maribou, have read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), then it’s possible to look at a maze of impossible-to-understand things and get from “I don’t know how to do this, therefore I am helpless” to “DUDE WE FIXED THE KITCHEN!”
So… what’s on your docket?
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