Thursday, April 12, 2012

Keeping up with Rover

I needed to make a trip to my local home improvement store today. My bathtub drain is running slow and I think a drain snake will do the trick. I always get a bit excited when I'm faced with purchasing a tool that proves that I can tackle a home repair on my own. Unfortunately I can't help but dread these trips because the store is the size of a football field and always leaves me pooped out. This store has so many items it could take a day just trying to find one. Since I'm on Easter break and only need two items I thought I would designate a day to tackle the task. If this trip does cause a POTSy crash at least I'll have several days to recover.

I head into the home improvement store and I'm greeted by two peppy store clerks who offer to assist me in finding my items! Wow, I've hit the home improvement store jackpot! The lady assisting me is in no hurry to get me to the item I'm looking for, so we casually walk through the store at my snail paced speed. We find the aisle and she points out the shelf I need and she leaves me to make my choice. I pick out something within my budget and realize I also need a tub screen to stop the drain issue from happening again. I roam around the store lost as usual. Luckily another store clerk offers assistance and we're off again. This time my clerk takes off at the speed and agility of a Labrador retriever! I'm practically running to keep up with him. I almost lose him twice as he dashes between customers, carts and forklifts to get to his destination. When I finally catch up I'm out of breath, leaning against a rack, bent over trying not to pass out. He looks at me and smiles and says "you don't work out much do you?" I giggle and when I catch my breath we begin to discuss my tub issues. He decides that I have the wrong tool and he offers to show me something much better that costs less. With a big smile the man (I call him Rover) takes off at full speed to the other end of the store. Again Rover's darting around all objects in his way and I'm beginning to giggle again thinking this may be an interesting challenge. I'm also wishing I chose to take the electric shopping cart. Oh the fun of darting down aisles at full speed with the excuse that I was trying to keep up with Rover the store clerk if I knock something over. As I take off through the store I end up losing my pal Rover, but I remember he had told me what I needed was on aisle 31. I head in that direction and find him waiting enthusiastically with several items in his hand to show me. By this time I'm really dizzy but on the good side I now see two Rovers! I close my eyes for several seconds and when I feel my heart rate has slowed down I open my eyes to see one Rover staring at me with a look of concern on his face. "Are you okay mam?" he asks. I'm still too out of breath to answer so I put up one finger in hopes that he'll give me a second. I finally am able to speak and explain that I have a medical condition that makes it hard for me to keep up with him. He apologizes for moving so quickly and begins to show me the products. After I replace the over priced item with the new cheaper item, he suggests I need a high powered chemical to help dissolve the clog. So we're off to another part of the store and I realize he's forgotten about my medical condition because he's taken off at full speed! No longer up for the challenge I try to follow Rover at my own pace and fortunately he is heading back to me with a bottle of drain clog chemicals and a pair of safety goggles! He excitedly explains that the chemicals like to spit and can be very dangerous! Hmmmm..... just what I need, spitting dangerous chemicals! Rover has no more suggestions for me and he takes off enthusiastically for another customer. As I head for the cashier, I'm thinking I no longer need an electric cart but a roll away bed. Luckily there is no line at the check out counter and I head to my car.

After a long rest I tried out my new gadget. I'm happy to say it works better than I expected and now believe every home should have one! In case you're wondering the gadget is called "Zip it", it's long, thin, barbed plastic about the length of your arm. It's quick, easy and it's very cheap.

Your inspired POTSy plumber,

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangled us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

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