Unlike my last two short stories which have been a little silly and fun, this story here is true and is not that funny at all, well, perhaps a little bit. You’ll know what I mean once I get started.
I was visiting a friend in Fort Worth, Texas for a reunion dinner feast when, lo and behold, the dish washing machine stopped working and everyone looked at me because I was the only appliance technician in the friend group let alone that very kitchen. As soon as I saw those two dozen eyeballs staring at me from the dish washing machine I knew what they wanted. I said, “Alright, but I need tools.”
Tools were brought up from the garage after several minutes of me hoping they didn’t have any and saying “we could always just wash the dishes by hand.”
Someone else who wanted an excuse to go to a Chinese food buffet was looking up articles on Yahoo.com that tried to explain why going out for dinner was healthy for the mind or something. I was just glad I wasn’t the only one making up excuses. So, with tools in hand, I stooped behind the pulled-out dish washing machine and began my inspection, with a bunch of hovering chatty people annoying me from behind, of course. I couldn’t see anything wrong with the dish washing machine itself and it turned on but no water was coming into it so I thought maybe the problem was the water pipe.
After discussing this and asking the home owner to turn off the water so I could open the pipe and take a look, the same guy who was reading Yahoo.com articles suggest that we just call Appliance Repair Fort Worth and go to this Korean restaurant he’s always wanted to try but no one agreed, except me, sadly.
So after buddy said the water was shut off I began wrenching the pipe to take a look inside and see what was wrong. I’m not much of a plumber but I pretended to be, believing everything would be fine except that THE WATER WAS NOT SHUT OFF and it went spraying into my face and everyone started laughing. But then no one was laughing a few seconds later when they realized how much water was pooling all over the hardwood floor. There was enough water to keep a family of fish alive in, and then I was the only one laughing. Buddy began to apologize, saying he turned the wrong knob and so the water upstairs was off but not here in the kitchen. That fact was clear when another friend nonchalantly poured a glass of water from the sink and went into the living room to watch the football game, pretending there was no drama here whatsoever.
So to make a long ending short we did end up going to that Korean restaurant. It was not as good as the food we had planned to make but we had a good time there in our own private booth. I think it’s one of the most top rated restaurants in Fort Worth, or at least it was when I was there some years ago, but I can’t remember the name. It wasn’t English, that’s all I remember.
Now I might be going to Fort Worth again for a 2020 New Years celebration with the same friends but I’m still deciding. After remembering this story now I think I might want a little less drama this year. It wasn’t too dramatic but sadly enough my friend still blames me for ruining his hardwood floors even though it was his fault for not turning off the water. He said he’s not a plumber and I should have done it because I’m experienced, but I keep telling him I’m not a plumber either; I’m an appliance technician and there’s a big difference. One day he’ll apologize. One day… Maybe I should go this year just so I can make fun of his lame laminate floor that he cheaply replaced the hardwood with.
Just remember not every appliance repair adventure in Fort Worth is as sad or exciting as this one. Most of the time this job is rather boring so it helps the mind to have a good, funny story every once in a while, so I hope you enjoyed.