This is a tale about Gremlins, those little creatures that cause normal working machines to go haywire. I can’t speak to everything but I’ve found that some things will fix themselves. Don’t ask me how it happens just believe that it does.
During the past couple of months the appliances in my house have staged a revolt. The first was my stand alone hot water heater in my shower, it stopped heating water, but the water pressure pump still functioned very well, being that we are in the hot season; I put off having it repaired as I didn’t need hot water at this time of year. Five days ago it started working again; I still don’t need hot water but was pleased that it repaired its self.
In 1997 I purchased a 4 slice toaster and for 16 years it toasted my bread and English Muffins every morning. Last month it stopped, never to toast again. My wonderful wife Mayang figured that after 16 years she’s not fully gotten her money’s worth out of it took it to be repaired, the following day I went and bought a new toaster from Savers Mart and started eating toasted English Muffins (Thomas’s) the next day. Five days later we were informed that our old toaster had bought the farm, it was beyond economical repair. The one I bought lasted 3 weeks and I had to buy a new ne. When it rains it pours
Now if it was a Rice Cooker, things are different. In our storage room there is a brand new one just in case there is a problem with the old one.
On the counter for 14 years there has sat a machine that heats water, it does nothing else but that and has done it 24 hours a day for each and every one of those years. It just did pass away this month, While it was on the way to the repair shop I purchased a new one, I figured we had gotten all that poor machine had to give.
Three weeks ago I was on my way home and took the Free Port road out of Subic, I stopped to pay the toll and my power window on my New Old 1996 Honda would not return to the up position. I turned the A/C on its highest setting and five minutes later I was home. The window then returned to the up position without any coaxing from me. It fixed its self.
Now I’m driving to the Barrio to check my mail at the Retired Affairs Office and I hear this scraping noise from my right front wheel. The more I drove the louder it got, maybe some kid clothed pinned a bubble gum card to the spoke on my Mag wheel? On the way home I stopped at my Good Year repair shop and Kuya Greg told me it was my wheel bearing. I left the car there and took a Jeepney home, for some things just won’t repair themselves. But as long as I’ve had the New Old Honda and its advanced age I expect things like that to happen.
Last Thursday morning my wife received a call that the car was ready for pickup. I was the one to be the one to make the trip by Jeepney and Trike to the shop to retrieve our car. Here is a report on the surgery performed on the New Old 1996 Honda
1. Upper Wheel Bearing (I looked for the lower one) P 1,800.00
2. Ball joint Lower P 860.00
3. Upper Suspension Assembly P 3,300.00
4. Labor P 1,800.00
5. Total P 7,2050.00
This is approximately USD 186.00 Try that in Europe, Australia or the United States, I’ll bet you can’t do it for that price.
Here is something else that I did notice, that is when an appliance does go south, it will end up in the storeroom in the Man Cave, which I view as sort of a tomb, for once they enter they never come back out. I can’t even count the dilapidated old fans she has stored there. Plus everything else we’ve ever replaced. As each time I’ve attempted to throw the stuff out I’ve been assaulted with the protest; “They can be fixed!” I just wonder why they haven’t been repaired already, then I shut-up and open an ice cold SMB and banish those thoughts from my mind. Raise my beer to the heavens and toast the Gremlins.