Well, that’s cool – I can get emails through my new car’s AV system. A notification pops up on the huge screen and I have the option to ignore or read. I never read because there is nothing important enough to disrupt my driving. An email notice from my niece popped up. My eldest brother is in poor health so I was concerned. Since I was at a red light I thought it would be safe to read it. I pressed read and a woman’s voice filled the car and read the email. Yeowza! My niece does a lot of abbreviations and emojis which the woman read. She ended the sentences with “laughing out loud” or “smiley face.” It was pretty funny.
Aside from the novelty of delivery, the message was not good. — My brother is back in the hospital. He is in his 90s. His wife died about a month ago so we are concerned. At that age it’s hard to lose a life partner and keep the will to live.
Contractors – This week we had the first part of a window replacement done. Windows, along with everything else, take forever to get. The old routine four to six weeks is now closer to four months. The contractor took out the old and framed for the new one which will be taller. He then put the old one back in and covered the hole. Fingers crossed the new one comes before the snows. Because of the way the house sits (with a walkout basement), the window, although in the kitchen, is a story up from the ground requiring ladders and a scaffold.
And contractors again – As a solitary person, I find having people in my house for extended periods disruptive. It interrupts my focus and my routine. I’m already dreading the six week kitchen job (don’t ask me what takes so long as I don’t know).
Special language – Contractors always have their own language. — Soon means “I have no idea when.” “I’ll be there tomorrow” really means maybe sometime this week or next. “It’ll only take a day” is very deceptive. It can mean two days or a week but it definitely does not mean a day. They remind me of hospital people. “The doctor will be right in” (not!) or “you will be released in a few minutes.” They have no concept of time and there is always a doc’s signoff they need while he’s out on the golf course!
So how was your week?