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10:15 Saturday Night



Every house has one….some have even more than one. It might be in the lounge, or the kitchen, or the bathroom….some people even have them in the bedroom. I’m talking about those domestic fails. A place within your own personal palace where things go awry…a place where you know that bad things are going to happen and you know that you don’t want to go there.

Take HRD Towers. We bought a new fridge freezer not so long ago. We did the research, we read the reviews, we did all the price comparison sites and settled on a purchase.  It arrived white, spanking new and efficient – a model of modern domesticity.  The problem? Within a few weeks we had realised it was crap.  I mean, it fulfils all the basic functions, it cools, it freezes, it is a fridge freezer….but it just doesn’t work.  The freezer shelves don’t fit they fall off their runners and so what should be a simple trip to fetch some frozen peas, becomes a giant game of freezer orientated Jenga.

So of course, none of us want to go there.  And the game becomes to get one of the other family members to go. A kind of domestic musical chairs. The one without the chair has to go and face the trial of freezer mountain.  Boldly they set off (grumbling under their breath) before the crashing sound of frozen produce, the new and colourful swear words…..the swings(!) and arrows of outrageous fortune. Dodgy cupboard shelves, dripping taps, doors that don’t close properly, toilets that don’t flush……

We all have them, we all know about them, we all know we should be doing something about them.  But hell, we’re busy people no? And what is more important, our social time or some poxy little domestic blip on the……..woah…did you here that drip noise?……I mean I can’t write with that…..stop it…..just turn it off properly….no I didn’t fix it…..did you?……for fuck’s sake…….

So, anyway, today my hell isn’t just other people, my hell is inanimate objects.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/02/2010 09:12

    effing radiator valve in the kitchen is stuck in the off position. And the temperature is dropping. And the only way to fix it is to drain down the whole system and replace it. Me? I’m putting on another jumper!

  2. Sukh Pabial permalink
    11/02/2010 09:52

    Nice. I’d like to say I’m the one who gets on and fixes things round the house, but the good lady wife is far more handy at DIY than I ever could be. And as it stands she makes all those big purchases too so it’s all on her if things go awry!

    The one sound that does grate on me though? The extractor fan in the bathroom. It doesn’t turn off immediately but goes on for the longest 5 mins in the world after. And when you’re trying to fall asleep it does not help! Grr.

  3. 11/02/2010 10:43

    Bloody shower screen. Nuff said.

  4. Karen (Sayya26) permalink
    11/02/2010 15:40

    our ENTIRE prefabricate-all in one-piece of junk-shower fixture….i just want to rip it out and build a new one…i think i will next year when i have some more $$ available.

    Hmm…I think i also have a few family members that are like this…

  5. 11/02/2010 17:57

    Our whole central heating system. Gravity what?! Can’t heat hot water without half the radiators coming on… &*%$!

  6. 11/02/2010 17:59

    Our entire central heating system. Gravity what?! Can’t heat hot water without having half the radiators on… &$%£!

  7. 11/02/2010 18:04

    Oh man, where to start. The fact that the back door has a gap at the bottom. In the summer, harmless, easy to ignore. In the winter, a bl**dy gale blows through it. But worst of the lot, the autumn. The autumn is wet. Wet means slugs. Slugs that slither under the backdoor and across the kitchen lino. Jayne doesn’t wear slippers. Jayne doesn’t always put the light on in the kitchen. Jayne sometimes steps on the slugs….

    Jayne is clearly a domestic slut-ess.


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