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Ching Exercises Restraint

Posted on January 22, 2009 by under Life.    

First of all, I’m cranky at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. BFP is so not the BFP right now. (They’re not the worst by any means, but they definitely did not live up to expectations.) They told us it would take two days to complete the proposed work and it took three days.

If there’s any delay, it’s you we pay!

So much for their slogan! What a joke! I’m partly cranky because we had to fork over $7500 for the re-pipe. No one is ever thrilled at having to spend that much money. Maybe if they lived up to their slogan I would be a bit less cranky?

Three days wouldn’t have been too bad if they would have returned after lunch on the third day as promised. Brian waited and waited for their call. Finally at 1:30 pm, he called BF and asked what the hold up was about. They asked him if we could wait another couple of days to complete the job. Brian got cranky at them and told them that would be impossible so they finally agreed to come yesterday as promised. However, they asked Brian if they could come between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. I had arranged to take my car to the shop (due to the check engine light coming on – yup, it’s one thing after another – when it rains, it pours) right after work. I had a 5:30 pm appointment.

Brian told them that it needed to be between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm because of our other commitments (Brian was going to Home Depot to get additional insulation for the attic as the plumber instructed and we were also going to visit Molly at Tita Sol’s and bring her the rest of Molly’s Hydra-Pearls shampoo that same night). They agreed. By 4:00 pm, Brian still hadn’t gotten a phone call from BF and he was getting crankier by the minute. I told him that I would just hitch a ride home with Jan and so he didn’t have to worry about coming back to pick me up from work. He could just stay at home with the plumber.

Anyway, he finally just called them to find out what was going on. The BF rep he spoke with told him to head on home and that they would dispatch the plumber straight away. Brian was stuck at home, waiting for over an hour, before the plumber showed up. It was about 5:30 pm.

He finally got everything wrapped up. I’m so glad all of that is over and behind us. Except now we get to start paying on it. Ugh.

On a lighter note, Brian and I had the following conversation in while driving to work this morning:

BRIAN: Wow. I’m amazed.


BRIAN: You’re being awfully quiet. Usually, you’re screaming at me to stop, slow down, or watch out.

CHING: I got to ride home with Jan yesterday.

BRIAN: Are you saying that Jan is a worse driver than I am?

CHING: Not at all. (Trust me. There is no worse driver than Brian. Okay, maybe Richard.) That’s not what I meant. While I was riding in Jan’s car yesterday, I was able to exercise restraint and be a good passenger. I didn’t flinch or say, “Watch out!” or ask her to slow down or scream, “Stop! Stop!” I figured that I could exercise the same restraint while riding in the car with you.

BRIAN: We’ll see how long that lasts. (He has so little faith in me.)

I have actually been very good at exercising restraint lately. I’m a little depressed, but at least I’m facing my problems rather than faking my own death. It’s a lot more than I can say for some people.

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  • Replies to "Ching Exercises Restraint"


    Jo Alonso  on January 23, 2009

    I guess, the more important thing is “was the job done correctly and within code”. I would assume that it is being that they are licensed. If anything less, you can always count on the warranty provided.


    Ching  on January 24, 2009

    My not protesting while Brian is driving only lasted 48 hours, by the way. I started doing it again yesterday, but we were on Kellogg. I hate driving (or riding in the car) on Kellogg. It gives me anxiety. I blame Kellogg for my lapse in restraint. =P

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