Thursday, February 16, 2012

Special Painter, That's Me

I am taking a break. I have been painting all week. Almost ready to put this bathroom together. My house no longer smells of wood smoke, but paint. I am using oil-based rustoleum. It was cheaper than high-gloss latex and will provide better protection from moisture in the air. The toilet has to be reset and I am going to paint behind it while he has it up and out of my way. The trim pieces are all cut and just need one more coat of paint tomorrow morning.

I am giddy with excitement. Even sleep deprivation cannot put a damper on my good mood. Last night I tossed and turned. I was so restless that the dogs got annoyed with me. At 2:30 I heard my husband's cell phone. I actually thought that it was maybe 6 and I got up, since I had been just laying there waiting for morning to come. He, who tows, had to go rescue a stranded traveler and I took my furry kids out; well, except for Oscar. He growled and gave me a dirty look when I tried to convince to go out and pee. He was letting  me know that it was sleep time in his own special way.

I gathered them back to bed and tried, in vain, to go to sleep. Toni, the eye sniffer, tired of my changing positions and actually joined Wall-E under the covers. I was still awake 2 hours later when he, who tows, returned. I finally dozed til 8:30. I watched the coffee brew and shuffled through my morning chores of feeding my four-legged crew and taking them out.

With one cup of coffee in me I was ready to paint. I finished as much as I could and am now waiting for the paint to dry. It is a lot like that watched pot that never boils. It will need a full 24 hours. He, who rescues the stranded, came home for his peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich and told me about his night-time excursion.

The call was for a traveler in need of fuel. He stopped and got the requisite gasoline and went to the location. He put the fuel in the vehicle and it still failed to start up. All the while the woman was dissatisfied with his efforts. Two gallons of gasoline is the amount recommended to deliver to the motorist. He will usually fill to a point that is an even amount, since they need to pay for it upon delivery. She was mad that she didn't get the full 2 gallons. He tried to tell her that he wasn't charging her for any more than she was getting. He tried jumper cables to get her vehicle moving and that failed as well. There was nothing left to do, and the car had to be towed. She was from St. Louis and she was on her way to Kansas City and wanted to be towed there. Basic AAA will only pay for a 3 mile tow. He towed her to the location of the shop and then drove her to a near-by hotel.

She arrived at the shop this morning to tell them that she was going to change her AAA from basic to premium and  after this was done, they could tow her to Kansas City. Now, we all know that it doesn't work that way. It would be like going to the hospital with appendicitis and finding out your insurance won't cover the surgery, then changing policies to proceed. She was not receptive to any advice concerning her plan, just insisted that they would indeed do it for her.

Because she is special. I pointed out the obvious, though. If her vehicle won't run ......... she still won't have a means of transportation in Kansas City. Oh, I forgot, she will upgrade and they will get a rental car. Wish I was special like that.


Rae said...

Whoppee. A real bathroom. Welcome to modern civilization again.
That "special lady" sounds like a b*tch. Some people can't be pleased no matter what.

Brian Miller said...

yay! i see the light at the end of the tunnel for you...which is really an odd thought considering we are talking about a bathroom...butt...i mean, next...seriously some people are clueless and there is nothign we can do about it...smiles...

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

People are nuts. That's the only explanation.

I'm glad you're moving along in your project. It will be over before you know it!

Mamma has spoken said...

OOOOO we might get to see bathroom pictures soon!!!
You have to love those who think they will get what they want because they want it. I think AAA will have some fun with her ;o)

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

LOL - what an experience. She does sound special alright... hahaha!

can't wait to see bathroom pictures.

Joanne said...

Funny story. It really is amusing to hear about people who waste their lives trying to game the system.

joanne said...

I am anxiously awaiting the flush heard round the world!!

Sextant said...

I think you have too many dogs in your bed and not enough men (at least when he who tows is towing).

@joanne the flush heard around the world...great.

So is this the final week of the continuing saga of Kathy's Kampground Krapper? It is sort of like finishing a really good book. I am already starting to miss the action and getting that empty feeling.

Oh the special people. I worked in a gas station for four years...the stories one could tell. Road calls were always special.

Linda O'Connell said...

I know the victory dance is coming anytime now. You will be so proud of your bathroom. And as for privileged idiots...they reproduce and they are everywhere!

Erik's RV Blog said...

I get to deal with special people like that every day. I thought they were all in Chicago, how did one escape?? :)~

Glad the bathroom is getting there, mine is still in limbo. She who wants it done will be discussing it with me this weekend. Me thinks I need to get going on it!