Two days ago, late in the afternoon, there was a knock on my door. I opened it up to find a pleasant man standing on my porch with a shirt that said “Windmill Septic” on it.
Over his shoulder loomed a very large truck.
With a very large porta-potty on it.
This was, briefly, a terrific shock to me. Why in the WORLD are they renting a porta-potty?! I thought to myself.
“They” being the crew who are going to be providing a wide variety of noise, dust, destruction, bills and construction that will ultimately lead to the addition of one new bedroom and a loft area upstairs, and one new home office downstairs.
It will be fantastic.
I keep telling myself this. Because otherwise, I will go completely mental, long before we get through this.
Then I realized that I was being rather stupid. Contrary to how it feels to me most of the time, I am not, in point of fact, “always” home. Asking some poor guy to just hold that thought for who knows how long while I’m in actually in the office, or running errands, or who knows what for who knows how long is a bit much.
“You having some construction done?” he asked.
You know how sometimes, you have these moments where you desperately want to say something that you know is probably not the nicest thing you could say right then…but oooooooooh, you’re just DYING to SAY it?
I was dying.
I wanted to say, “Nope. We’re just looking to save on water, what with the drought and all. Family of six does a lot of flushing, ya know…here’s your sign…”
“Yes, yes we are,” I said instead.
Let the games begin!
“So, where do you want this?” he asked, gesturing at Tiny.
I turned and pointed to the construction site – in the backyard.
“That would probably be the most convenient for the guys, and least likely to become…ahem…a neighborhood ‘attraction’” I suggested.
“Yeahhhhhhhh, well, see, here’s the thing,” he countered, holding up his hands about three inches apart. “The hose on the service truck? Yeahhhhhh, it’s not really all that long…”
“Oh, that’s OK!” I replied, brightly. Because like HELL do I want this thing parked in FRONT of my house for THREE. MONTHS. “He can drive right on up on the lawn there, it’s dead anyway, you can see the construction crew is already driving on it…”
“Yeahhhhhhhh, well, see, here’s the other problem: He’s doing his route real early…I mean, real early…”
There was a bit more back and forth, but ultimately…
Bam. RIGHT in front. Helllloooooo, World.
This is going to be…a really fun project.
I can just tell.