Vicissitudes of country life …
One might argue that I don’t really live in the country. I have a Food Lion about 5 miles away, a Starbucks about 10 miles away, Comcast cable (now Xfinity), and excellent cellular coverage. But, in defense my self-proclaimed avatar as a rural warrior princess … I do have well water and a septic tank.
Well, no pun intended, I awoke to absolutely no water on Monday. For some reason my well pump and/or pressure tank of 36 years had mysteriously died. Mind you Monday was Martin Luther King Day. Finding a plumber or well service open on such a day was a tall order. Finding a plumber that dealt with well systems was even taller order. Fortunately, our neighbor across the road is a great networker, keeps his home in good nick, and is a go-to resource in such situations.
Steve recommended Charles McCann of Done Right Enterprise as the man for the job. He took the additional step of encouraging Charles to take care of us on as timely a basis as he could. I am not sure Charles would have appeared later in the day with his wife and partner, Marie, without the recommendation and endorsement from Steve. Charles assessed the situation, provided his licenses, and gave us the estimate of cost and the promise that we would have water the next day.
The next day he appeared as promised with crew and equipment, new pump and pressure tank and encouragement that all would be well. Again, no pun intended.
Tuesday, late afternoon, we had water and a promise from Charles and Marie that they would reappear on Wednesday to install the pressure tank.
Awaking Wednesday I jumped into the shower to clean up for my Rotary meeting … low and behold, I had failed to turn the breaker back on for the hot water heater. It was a very cold and very short shower.
Fortunately, Charles is a master electrician as well as a master plumber so he could install all the switches and connectors necessary for the new pressure tank. Finishing around 8 pm with the installation of the pressure tank, Charles and Marie climbed wearily into their work truck and in short order had texted copies of our warranties, pictures of the job, and copies of the paid invoice. Our water adventure was over.
Now, I think I am going to have our septic tank pumped and checked. I am not up for another adventure of a mechanical nature.
There were other less noteworthy adventures …
The Prince George Board of Supervisors had tied votes on the two nominees to serve as Chairman of the Board. One member was absent due to a workplace accident. The next meeting should result in one of the two being elected … more about that next time.
A Petersburg citizens group called Clean Sweep filed petitions to have the Mayor and Vice Mayor removed from the city council. That should have an expedited fuse. It is an uphill battle, but at least the citizens are involved.
The City of Hopewell continues to recruit for a Finance Director as the last one abruptly resigned a couple of months ago.
These matters pale in comparison to my own personal dramas.