OMG, as they say. Busy Thursday at the Inn, with five check-ins soon to arrive. Finished up breakfast, turned and freshened the rooms, ran to the store, then made my rounds to make sure everything was where it needed to be and perfect for the guests. Room 1, check. Room 2, check. Room 3, great. Room 4…wait.
The bathroom sink was clogged with not a drop of water going down the drain. Old houses have plumbing issues and I thought I’d just plunge it as I do other clogs that happen along the way. I plunged it and nothing happened. Regular drain cleaner and nothing happened. I ran more water in the already murky sink to assist gravity in opening the drain (as if) but nothing happened, and I was getting nervous because it was now check-in time and people could walk in any second! What would I tell the guest? “I have good news and bad news. No charge for your room tonight, but you’ll have to look at this nasty mess I created every time you use the bathroom. Oh, and go brush your teeth in the bathtub.” Probably not.
Very anxious now because, of course, people could walk in any second. What to do? I had to run across the street to Aimee’s to retrieve my heavy duty drain opener stuff, becoming angry because she was on vacation and unable to share in my misery. You know when you get upset and you say things because you have to blame someone and not yourself? The whole time I’m stomping over, I’m grumbling, “I am never lending her my drain cleaner again! What if someone comes while I’m across the street?! If she would have returned this cleaner right away, I wouldn’t be in this situation!!!!!” and other such nonsense. It was all very dramatic.
Returned to the ailing sink, poured the never-fail cleaner in, and nothing happened. The sink was now full of dirty water and chemicals. Breathing shallow but trying to calm down, I figured I’d look under the sink to see if I could solve the problem. Not sure what I thought I’d find. It’s a pedestal sink. I could see everything under it from any point in the room, but I was brainstorming. Skooched under, saw nothing, stood up, and cracked my head on the edge of the porcelain bowl. Now mad at everybody and everything.
Whenever “new challenges” occur around here or whenever I crack my head on the sink, I get mad but then I think, “Calm down. You’ve wanted to run an inn for thirty years. You’re here. What better place to have a clogged sink or contusion.” True that. I calmed down, called Zimmerman Plumbing in Lititz and they sent someone out within twenty minutes. It was an emergency you know. They are awesome; I’d used them at my previous home, too. I showed Tom to the bathroom and he returned in less time than it took to sneeze.
Me: You’re finished already?!!
Me: Thank You, Baby Jesus!! You did it before the guests arrived! What happened?!!
Tom: You had the drain closed.
Me: Oh. No wonder the plunger and drain cleaner didn’t work.
Tom: Yep. Anything else? I could fix that leaky faucet while I’m here.
I didn’t know whether to laugh or feel stupid, but how do you not laugh at that because it is so idiotic. It’s like something that would have happened on that old sitcom “Three’s Company” involving Suzanne Somers as Chrissy.
I thought I would always use Zimmerman Plumbing for all my plumbing needs, but now I’m not sure and here’s why: the last time I called them was when a guest reported that the commode was clogged. Tom from the plumbing joint showed up and was finished in less than ten minutes. When I asked what he did, he said he flushed the toilet…See what I mean? He’s going to think I’m after him in a romantic fashion or that I’m one of those old ladies who calls repairmen so she has someone to talk to. I can just envision the next appointment.
Me: Tom! Quick! I can’t find the shower! It’s gone – just disappeared, and people could walk in any second!
Tom: (Sigh.) Be right there. This should only take a few minutes. (Tom arrives, goes upstairs, returns.)
Me: Finished already?! What was the problem?
Tom: No problem. The shower was behind the shower curtain the whole time.
Me: Hahahahaha! Thanks Zimmerman Plumbing! You saved me again!
They are very patient people.