I’ve been living in my friends’ empty house for nearly three weeks. The buyers take ownership of the house next week and I volunteered to help get the place ready for the final inspection.
A certain piece of machinery was required for one job. I’m going to use a sly code and hint that it has something to do with c-u-t-t-i-n-g g-r-a-s-s. I’ve never minded this chore, actually was kind of enjoying it. Except, of course, the grass-cutter broke while I was using it. A wheel snapped off. My friends had warned me it was old but a wheel falling off??? Anyway, I decided I’d get it repaired or at least get a quote. My friends have not asked for rent (although I am leaving them some anyway) and the least I can do is get their grass-cutter fixed.
[I need to add here that I do not own a set of tools. Not even one screwdriver. I’ve always lived with other people who possess shiny – or not so shiny – toolboxes filled with glorious tools… or I’ve had boyfriends to borrow from/do the work. Also, the damage to the wheel looked beyond my barely existent fix-it skills…]
I googled grass-cutter repairs, called the one with the best name – MandorlaTown Grass-Cutter Repairs – and took it round. The repairman told me it was a cheap brand and he usually wouldn’t touch them but would make an exception this time.
I don’t recall fluttering my eyelashes at any stage. It was a crazy chaotic day and I was definitely frazzled but when I went to pick up the repaired grass-cutter and fork over my life savings, Mr Repairman asked me on a date.
Completely unexpected*. In the ‘had not occurred to me to even notice his gender, looks, approximate age or indeed anything about him’ kind of way. I suspect he was good-looking. He had an earring and I don’t remember much else. Meanwhile, he seemed to have noticed a lot about me.
I declined the date. It’s too soon and I told him this.
Still, it makes a gal feel good to be asked out 🙂
(*Logic tells me Mr Repairman probably thinks I a) am loaded if I can afford his services b) obviously don’t have a man around who can fix things c) like cutting grass d) have at least a couple of friends. I’m a catch.)