Tuesday night (09-22-2015) and Mayang said to me; :Honey Ko, we need to drive over to San Fernando in the morning to go to Home Depot to avail of door and draw pulls to replace the 34 fifteen year old ones we have in the kitchen. As they no longer match the new Granite counters we installed months ago, and for some reason it has instantly moved to the top of her “To do” list. I had no prior warning of this impending trip. I shrugged and said: “Why not!”
A drive to San Fernando using the old national highway is an hour and a half depending on the amount of road repair, as here on Luzon all road repairs are accomplished during the rainy season, so shoddy workmanship and cheap materials cannot be blamed when the road needs new repairs in six months. It keeps people gainfully employed and puts rice on the table every night so I fully understand.
We set off at 0800, then I hear; “Honey Ko we must go to Subic first to hit the ATM.” Why; because it is her bank’s ATM and she only trusts that one as she knows all the folks inside the bank. It’s very true San Fernando has no shortage of ATM machines, but can you really trust them?
Not a word, I smile and say yes dear and drive 45 minutes out of my way, because I know it’s the right thing to do. No Cella Phone Guys are scheduled this week anyway so my day belongs to her.
But I’m a guy, and what guy doesn’t like the smell and views from walking around a hardware store? Picking things up and grunting (Remember Tim Allan) oh that manly feeling it brings out in us guys. Oh Home Depot, what memories you bring to mind, okay I’m committed to the trip detour and all. Need I mention that all purchases will be placed on her NFCU Visa debit (Interest Free) card? But cash is king in Mayang’s life she is still not used to not using cash. But will grudgingly give in to the wonders of non cash transactions.
While on this trip I came off a new bridge that has a drop off where it meets the road. Of course I was chided about the loud bang the suspension made on contact with the road. I waited until she was done with her tirade, and asked her; “Darling since you seemed to know it was there, next time please tell me about it.” Silence was king until we reached San Fernando.
We arrive at the Home Depot and as I approach the main entrance I notice the parking lot is empty. I wondered what time they opened. They were open but Mayang and I were the only customers there that Wednesday morning. Note to self: Buy all that you’ll ever need today, they’ll be closing soon.
Also the people waiting to be hired to install all that you buy were conspicuously missing from the parking lot! Wait…that’s San Diego California, not San Fernando Pampanga no Chevy pickup’s hanging around here.
It is huge, where was this place when I was building my house? What a selection of stuff. Drawer and cabinet door pulls is the plan, put the blinders on and get to that section, stop fondling the power tools and grunting. Employees, out from behind every shelf and aisle they appeared, and kept coming until we were surrounded by a sea of fresh faced employees eager to help “The Ate” the Kuya was ignored.
The selection of hardware for the doors was vast, from the least expensive (68 pesos each) to the high end (Up to 500 pesos each) Mayang went to the mid range section. I was partially pleased. But here is where my Kano wisdom kicked in. I slipped to the back of the crowd and watched the selection process begin. Many places to sit in Home Depot, I availed of one of them.
Eureka, the decision has been made; I step into the fray for a second quickly measure the new one with my old piece of hardware, announce that they were of the same dimensions and made my exit. We need 34 of them, and I know you are waiting for the famous “Out of Stock” but they had them all plus more in stock. I was amazed! Then check out and pay, just over PHP 4,000.00 and out the door.
That is a long drive for just one item; but Kitty Corner is S& R store where they sell Corned Beef Brisket and fresh milk from California. Fresh milk, the very thing my grandson discovered in Florida and deemed it “GOOD”. Plus many other hard to find items, well worth the drive.
But a warning about the S & R store, they are in “FULL CHRISTMAS MODE” with a huge area dedicated to Christmas decorations. I saw the look in Mayang’s eyes and I was struck with fear, will there be enough funds on her Visa Debit card to cover it all? I looked at her and promised we would return in October for Christmas shopping. A problem averted.
At the checkout line it was noted that our membership card was one week expired. Waiting for the hammer to fall and be told of the long renewal process, I tip my hat to the management as the young lady said: “I can fix that for you and it will only take a few seconds” True to her word it (The Membership Card) was reactivated on the spot with no muss or fuss.
Now we are on the way home, as we approached the car shattering bridge, Mayang tapped me and reminded me of the drop off. I smiled and thanked her, as I wanted a pleasant end to our “Road Trip”.
Installing 34 drawer and cabinet pulls, I’ll need my drill to widen the holes and a ratchet screwdriver to quickly set the 68 screws. I estimate two hours then eat lunch and have a reward of a nice refreshing SMB………….. Did you know that in Mayang’s rolodex we have a hardware installer guy? I’ve been shuffled aside and replaced, but have no fear, I still get the beer. Next month Christmas decoration road trip, Oh joy!
Change 3 to modification four on the simple project. Who knew that 15 years ago the Marine Spar Varnish was not applied to the entire door, I damn sure didn’t. “Installation Guy”, now must sand and varnish every cabinet as the new pulls of course do not cover that blank spot. The good news is that this will not affect my beer consumption one iota; well “Installation Guy” will now be able to put more rice on his families table for the next few days, and I guess that is a good thing. Yes I’m still smiling…….