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Call the Plumber!
July 31, 2014, 11:30 am
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A long, long time ago…if I tell you how long ago, you would think I’m too young to have had the experience I did, so let’s just go with a long, long time ago.  Because it was so long ago, some of the words might be slightly different, but the story is the same.  I managed a 36 unit apartment complex.  One of my tenants had a clogged toilet.  I called my maintenance guy, Paul,  who showed up at my door about 30 minutes later.  He had already tried a plunger, then the snake. There was something SOLID the snake wouldn’t go past.  He said it was beyond his scope of expertise and asked me to call the plumber. 

I had to get approval from my property manager before calling anyone outside of Paul or myself to fix things.  Since I didn’t want the tenants using my bathroom, I was glad she answered and approved.  There was only one plumbing company that would do a purchase order for us, allowing the owners in British Columbia to send them money instead of giving me access to their business account.  I called the plumber.  They were very PROMPT!  The plumber showed up in less than 30 minutes.  Again, I kept hoping the tenants could hold it. 

Less than 10 minutes later, there was a knock on my door.  It was the plumber.  He was slowly shaking his head back and forth. I asked him what the problem was.

He said “I don’t know.  I didn’t get that far.  There won’t be any charge.  I’m out.”   He turned and walked away. 

“What happened?”  

He said “That bathroom ain’t big enough for the both of us.  I’m done.” 

I had no idea what had just happened.  I called the property manager and told her what was going on.  Since there were no other plumbing companies, she told me to call Paul back.  I had to go talk to the tenants and tell them we were going to remove the toilet to try to remove the obstacle.  If whatever it was couldn’t be removed, we would break the toilet to further investigate.  If it was biological in nature, the apartment complex would pay for the new toilet. If it was jammed with something that hadn’t come out of their body, they would have to pay for it. 

That’s where the wording might have come up in a lawsuit over who was going to pay for the toilet. 

For a little background.  I had been brought up in a southern Baptist home, sheltered from most of the world.  I was barely old enough to drink and hadn’t experienced much of the “real” world.

Paul and I went to the unit.  One of the tenants, a six foot four inch tall – 180 pound dude, opened the door.  He was wearing a white sheer woman’s nightgown.  I hadn’t noticed how beautifully he had done his makeup yet, because he had the biggest hard on I had EVER seen, protruding thru his nightie.  No f’n wonder the plumber didn’t stay!  I have no idea what, if any conversation had taken place. 

He said “Excuse me” in a voice you might expect from a tall skinny dude wearing more makeup than I had ever worn, slouched over as if to appear shorter with his penis standing at attention. 

He grabbed a robe.  We told him the plan.  He wasn’t the tenant on the lease, but agreed to pay for the toilet.  He didn’t complain about anything.  He acted like he didn’t want his roommate to find out. I was afraid of what we were going to find. 

I told Paul I was going back to my apartment and asked him to yell up when I needed to meet him at the dumpster.  I sat on my deck, wondering what I had gotten myself into.  I know there are always going to be surprises left out of a job description, but this was WAY more than I had expected!  It wasn’t long when I heard Paul laughing and yelling “Susan”.  I went to the dumpster to meet him.  He had broken the base of the toilet to reveal a phallic shaped pink “Tickle” deodorant.  Google images if you don’t know what it is. 

Even with my sheltered background, it didn’t take me long to figure it out.  YUK!!!  Too many visuals went thru my head as to HOW it happened and WHY the toilet got flushed. 

I drove Paul to the hardware store to pick up a new toilet with the cash the tenant had already given us.  He went on to tell me the guy was playing with himself when he was there the first time.  When Paul didn’t respond, he started putting on make up.  I’m not sure what shocked me more, what the tenant was doing or the fact that Paul failed to mention it. 

We laughed about it most of the day.  I still laugh every time I think about it. 


Love, gratitude and blessings











What is he thinking?
July 11, 2014, 12:48 am
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Do you ever wish you KNEW, without a shred of doubt, what someone was thinking? I mean really know! So many times in my past, people said things to me they didn’t really mean. Who knows, maybe they thought they meant it, but their actions showed otherwise.

Or, that feeling you get in your gut when you think someone is lying to you. Many years ago, I decided to trust that feeling. It’s no longer about me thinking it’s telling me something, but KNOWING it’s telling me something. Something I need to pay attention to. Sometimes I consider it bad, sometimes I consider it good.

Whether it’s at work, in business, relationships or doing what we do… Trust that feeling. Listen to it, ask what it’s trying to show you. Do whatever you need to do to get the outcome you desire.  superman-wonder-woman

Sometimes, that feeling…even though no words were spoken…can be the most amazingly beautiful, love filled, more so – indescribable feeling you’ve ever felt. The “bad” feelings push me to get stronger and overcome, while the “good” ones allow me to blossom, being more of what I came here to be.

Love, gratitude and blessings,

07/07/14 – The luckiest day of my life…so far…
July 8, 2014, 12:58 am
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Below this post is the short story from 07/07/07. As twisted as it sounds, it was the luckiest day of the year. Today is the 7 year anniversary of the worst accident I’ve ever had. I hope the worst accident of my life.  I felt my back break.  I knew I was hurt bad.  Several nurses in the emergency room commented that I’d probably never walk again after they saw the CT scan.  The diagnosis on the CT scan says L1 Burst fracture with retropulsed fragment.  I would have to wait 3 days for the surgery because they didn’t have the drill they needed to install the screws in my back.  I never asked, but I’m guessing because he saw my muscularity and knew it was a skydiving accident, he installed plastic rods to allow for full range of motion.   If he had fused it, I wouldn’t be able to “arch”.

L1 Burst fracture I’m so thankful for Dr Geier for putting me back together.  His main concern was my back, not the muscles that were ripped off my ribs.  He said they should re-attach themselves and the bone fragments would probably get absorbed by my body.  The follow up scan 6 weeks later showed they were much smaller.  I had no idea that could happen.

Here I am, 7 years later.  My back still gives me daily reminders.  I make little grunting noises, holding my breath when I make certain movements.  At my six week check up, I asked Dr Geier about physical therapy.  He said “You know more about your body than any physical therapist does.  Go get to work.”  He won me over, giving me back hope the cancer community had taken away. Cameron always thought it was funny when we were at the gym working something other than back when I’d tell him I needed to do back extensions and planks because my back hurt.  He would laugh and say “Most people would go home now.”  It has nothing to do with why I did it, but I’m thankful it has still left a big impression on him.  I remember the exercises they taught me in physical therapy 3 years ago when it was acting up and do them.  I can complain or do something about it.  It’s good to have choices!

This morning, something felt off.  I was writing a check and realized what the date was.  I’ve always felt like anniversary dates can affect us.  It’s been almost 17 years since my first miscarriage and 16 years since my dad died.  Those dates and my dad’s birthday always bring a myriad of emotions, usually before I realize what day it is…marriage and divorce anniversaries too.

Today was no different.  My liver has been clear for 7 years.  Sure, there’s been a lot of cancer over the last 7 years, but my liver has remained happy. I still have a tiny bit of hope in the medical community…that’s all I need, remember, the faith of a mustard seed…

Why is it the luckiest day of my life so far?  I found an article from Stanford University stating that every cell in the skeleton is regenerated every 7 years.  Today’s the day.  My back is completely brand new!  Okay, so it might be wishful thinking, but if I choose to believe it, I have a better chance of not hurting anymore, right?

I’m thankful for everything I learned from my accident.  I’m thankful I grew the balls to skydive again.  I’m thankful for everyone I met and all the experiences the accident created.  I am truly blessed!

Love, gratitude and blessings



Luckiest day of the year – I’m glad it didn’t happen 07/08
July 7, 2014, 10:51 pm
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I left out a pretty important detail about the landing from my July 7th jump.  I crashed.   I had made my turn for the final approach and was about to land, when the wind shifted.  I don’t know exactly what happened, other than I stopped moving forward and went straight down.  My feet scraped the blackberry bushes and before I knew to be scared, I hit the ground at full speed.  People came running, asking me if I was okay.  It took all the breath I had left in me to tell them no.  I felt my back break.  I knew it was more than just getting the wind knocked out of me.  It only took 6 minutes for the aid car to get there.  Other than during childbirth (which of course God has us forget so that we might do it again) it felt like forever.   Every doctor appointment…

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