For the Record:
The Twenty Fourteen Winter Holidays
Part IV - The Gatherings
December 21 - Domani’s Christmas Pageant
December 24 - Christmas Eve at Elaine and Al’s
*December 25, 2014 Our Christmas Day Hero
December 26 - The Day After Christmas Christmas Turkey Dinner
December 26, 27, 28 - Bella Spends Time With Us
December 28 - The All Get together in Franklin Park
January 1,2 - Jimmy, Tara, Kenny and Ty Stay Over
*A Christmas Day Hero
December 25, 2014
Ross & I spent the actual Christmas Day, together, just the two of us.
So, we figured we might as well get as much of the cooking done ahead of time for the Day After’s gathering as we could.
Around about 2:00, after spending all of the morning and half of the afternoon in the kitchen, and after I had peeled 5 lbs of potatoes, and the sink was filled with skins, I turned on the garbage disposal.
The disposal profusely protested with a loud burping noise and the sink began to fill up with a grayish, brownish, mushy mess. I turned off the disposal and then stubbornly turned it back on. The disposal sneered at me. No kidding it did.
We plunged, I bailed, switched the disposal on and off, on and off. The drain bubbled and hiccuped a few times, but the swirling mess would not go down.
By now it was 3:00. Ross put a call into our plumber - on Christmas Day. Well, you know how that turned out. He began to go down the list of phone numbers of the other local guys - on Christmas Day. Well, you also know how that turned out. We left messages pleading. I admit I did exaggerate the number of people we were expecting. And I kind of fudged the fact that our dinner was for this day and not the next. But it was Christmas Day. No responses.
Then I googled - “emergency plumbing” and found this:
About an hour later, two plumbers showed up and had our sink snaked out by 6:00.
So for the rest of the night, as we finished up the preparations for the Day after Christmas Christmas Day Dinner, the words to this famous Christmas Carol played over and over in my head:
Call Roto-Rooter, that’s the name, and away go troubles down the drain…Roto-Rooter!