Why don’t repair men of all types work evening hours? I always dread the days that things break around the house, because it’s always a huge hassle to make time for someone to come and fix them. This time around, it’s the fridge, which has been dripping since the day we moved in. After numerous phone calls with the landlord, I was able to get in touch with the repair people today. I asked if someone could come on Monday or Wednesday after 3pm, even if I had to schedule it for a month from now (those are the only times I can be at the house during business hours). Of course, she told me that she couldn’t schedule appointments in advance. Great. “Well, my boyfriend and I both work every day,” I told her. If I was working full time, I would have much less of a problem taking a day off to sit around and wait for them. But, since I work part-time and only make an hourly wage, there was no way I was going to give up a big chunk of my already measley pay. “Do you work close by? Could you come home if we called you right before he got there?” she asked. I told her, “Uh, no, I can’t just leave work in the middle of the day.” What kind of world do these people think we live in, where people can just get up and walk out of work whenever they need to?
I hate the fact that I’m supposed to reconfigure my entire day for these people. How can they expect me, or anyone, to just put their lives on hold until the fridge guy decides to show up, anytime between 10 and 3? I’d like to know what THEY do when something in their house breaks. What if Barry the electrician’s toilet goes kaput? Is HE going to take a day off of work to wait for the plumber? Or would he say, “Hey guy, I have a job here, I can’t be sitting around my house waiting for you to come fix my toilet.” Anyway, all was not lost in my exchange with the fridge woman. She was kind enough to schedule someone to come on Saturday. Success!…? Well, being tethered to the house on Saturday will at least give me an opportunity to work on my bagel dough.