Why is 90% of all roadwork done during the rainy season? The National Highway at the end of my street was being worked on in July, when they removed the asphalt from the road. Then of course they disappeared for August and September as we were inundated with foul weather and no work could be accomplished, so the road has stayed torn up and a mess for all this time. But if I’d rented a house I could have just moved to a better area. Woe is me!
Now in the past I’d mentioned that the Barangay had paved the street my house is on. They paved from the Nation Highway all the way until the top of the hill, with the exception of the front of my house and my friend Don who lives kitty corner from me. And for the past five years the road has become a river of mud, and I was the guy that wanted to own my house.
Last year Mayang hired some guys and they spent two days leveling the road, and it worked well. Until this year’s rainy season washed it all away. Then yesterday during the pouring rain a big road grader appeared in front of my house (The one I built) and started scraping away the road that was there, I got involved when they started ripping up my sidewalk, I pointed out the property marker and proved to the Barangay Captain that it was my property.
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He agreed but by then one foot of my sidewalk was gone. So the driver continued his road grading turning all into a sea of mud. My friend Don one house down was gone for the day and I texted him to tell him that the grader had shut off his water by ripping the pipe out of the ground. But they did bend the pipe back onto itself and tied it off with plastic string. Repairing the damage it seems was not their job. I received a text back from Don who simple said; “Great!”
But being that guy that sees the glass as half full, I’m thinking they will be cementing the road and all will be one with the world again. Now I’m happy again that I own the house. Wait a minute partner, Paul aren’t you neglecting to ask if it will be paved, or are you just foolishly assuming that fact? The answer was a shoulder shrug, but no head scratch and the famous; if it’s in the budget.” I should have known better. Now the rain is pouring down so hard the driver quit, and said it was useless to try and level the road. So with taillights (not working of course) disappearing in the haze of rain, it seems their work here is done.
I have full ownership now of one foot of wet earth blocking my driveway, but I figure that the water from the rain rushing downhill off the paved section should wash most of it away and deliver it to Don’s house which he’ll need cover his exposed water pipe. It all works out for the best, if you take the time to think about it.
Friday morning and Don and I are discussing how to fix the broken pipe, when his neighbor chimes in; “Mr. Don, the water company is coming this afternoon to fix the break.” Did that happen? Well no, as the water company heard that the guy with the Grater was coming back to do more damage on Saturday, so it makes no sense to fix it today. No one told Don, and I found out just now (Saturday Morning) before I send my musings in to “Fearless Leader Mindanao Bob” But being that my many years here have blessed me with an insight in to predicting the future, I’ll say, “Fixing Don’s pipe Saturday afternoon will never happen, no I pick sometime Monday.” But we’ll all find out Monday when this is published, any takers on a small wager?
Now this is my view as to why all road repairs are done in the rain, the rain will wash everything away, and the contractor can do it over and charge twice. The workers get the benefit of more employment as the job will take longer, so except for the taxpayers, it’s a win-win situation for everyone else. Except Don who may go many days without water. I feel for you buddy!
Now to digress to last week, on the subject of renting verses buying a house, I’ll ask; could a renter ever have this much fun. Oh, wait, I just remembered Don is renting his house. He rents, I own and we’re both dealing with that accursed Road Grater. So who’s got the right answer now? I guess it is up to each of us to decide on our own.
I just spoke with my friend Don, he said that they did in fact come and repair his water pipe Friday night. So I was wrong, in as much as I wrote what the neighbors told me, I should know better than to do that. Also as of 11:00 Saturday morning no grader monster has appeared to bring havoc to our sleepy little purok. But the day is far from over. I’ll let you all know Monday how it all turned out.
Paul Thompson; Resides in the Philippines, close to Subic Bay. He is married to the wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang). Our to daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen (AKA Ling-ling). Our youngest is living in Singapore, enjoying her life's adventure. I'm a retired Senior Chief from the U.S. Navy after 21 years. Post Navy he lived 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. After Hurricane Hugo told him to find a new line of work, he was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. Then after 30 years at sea he buried his anchor in the Philippines residing now in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt Bataan where he build his home. And last but not least, anything he writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek" if anybody is offended, He'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!