Epiphanies can happen anywhere - sometimes they come to you after a period of meditation. Sometimes they come to you after a life-changing experience. And sometimes they come to you in the car on the way to Lowe's. It hit me - I could go spend more money on yet another wrench that probably wasn't going to get the stuck slip nut to budge, either. Or I could admit defeat.
Admit defeat - that's heavy stuff. When I decide I can do something, I like to get it done. That's especially true when I go public with it as I did with the plumbing repair. And honestly, with the right tools, maybe I could have. My brother-in-law Gary, who is pretty handing with a pipe wrench thanks to everything he learned from his plumber dad, said that most of the time people can't do household repairs not because of skill or competence, but because they lack the proper tools. I mulled this over and considered two new challenges. I had to remove dishwasher drainage hose from its connection to the tailpiece and the metal fitting (whatever it's called) the hose connects to broke off the pipe and I can't dislodge it from the hose. And the pipe that leads through the floor into the basement looks to also be in bad shape, and I in no way think I have the skills to replace THAT. (Nor do I have the tools. I don't know what tools it would take, but I'm betting I don't have them.)
With these challenges in mind, I did what any sane person would do--I cursed to myself. Here I was on the road at 8:30 when I still had work to do and hadn't even packed the first item for a trip less than 24 hours later. Was I really so gung-ho about plumbing that I was making my third trip in as many days to Lowe's? (Maybe i just wanted to maintain my status as the Mayor of Lowe's.) No, this was ego. I didn't want to admit defeat. I know how silly that sounds, and now that I've resigned myself to calling a plumber, I realize that's for the best. But that doesn't mean there isn't some part of me totally chagrined and mentally poring over the challenge to see if I can find the solution.
And with that, I'm covering up my plumber's crack and moving on to the next project. If I can stay awake long enough to finish it...
On the bright side, I got a great haircut today:
I took this photo in my self-portrait studio (i.e., the bathroom with a black tablecloth clothes-pinned to the shower curtain), It came out okay, although I couldn't get the lighting right at all. Now if I could only get it to upload properly to the TED website to finish my badge for this year's conference!