Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Excuses ...

I AM SICK OF THEM!
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I shall vent my frustrations here since Samuel is sleeping and I can't yell! ;-) I don't mind excuses ... I use them myself on occasions. But right now I've had enough.
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Yesterday afternoon was "supposed" to be busy around here!
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The plumber/tiler man was supposed to come at 1.30pm to fix the tiles. He turned up at 3.15pm ... "So sorry Ma'am I had a car accident and my car is on the side of the highway with all my tools inside. I can not fix your tiles today. I come tomorrow. What time convenient?"
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Okay ... I can handle that. Accidents do happen!! So we agreed upon 10am this morning.
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Between 5.30 and 6pm the Maintenance Manager was going to come with a contractor to replace the water cylinder element in our bathroom. I phoned him at 6pm to ask how far away he was. "Oh we not coming, been a delay, you in a queue!"
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Oh really ... I didn't notice!
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So I politely (yes I was polite!) asked him when it would be fixed. "Oh next Tuesday"!! "WHAT - that's a whole week!" Okay, I can handle that too, so I asked him what time on Tuesday. "Next week on Tuesday Ma'am". "Yes next Tuesday, that's the 22nd, that's fine, but what time?". "Next Tuesday Ma'am". By this point I am getting a bit cross ... "Yes I get that ... but I want a TIME". (yeah my voice did rise a bit) "Oh in the afternoon Ma'am". At that point I gave up and just agreed that the afternoon was fine! 10 days without hot water in our main bathroom!
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It's a jolly nuisance to be honest - not so much for me, but the kids can't have a bath (although thankfully the shower in "Grandmas bathroom" is a novelty at the moment - long may that last), but I can't fill the baby bath with warm water from the tap in the basin, so I have to use a jug! Sigh ... it's the little things that are annoying right! Oh well I can handle that too.
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Today ...
10am came and went ... 11am came and went ... at 11.20am I phoned the plumber/tiler and asked if he was still coming this morning! "Oh we coming up to your place already Ma'am"! "Right - see you shortly then"!!
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40 minutes later they arrived. Their excuse for not being here at 10am. "So sorry Ma'am, but this man's relative passed away and he's just travelled all the way here!" I just looked at him and said "Why didn't you phone me to tell me then?". "I lost your number". "You have C's (the Maintenance Man) number don't you? Why didn't you call him and ask him to tell me?" I got a blank look at that question!
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The interesting thing is that they are working on the building next door and they actually park in the visitors car park of our building ... it doesn't take 40 minutes to walk here I can assure you of that!!! Let's hope they have white grouting today!
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So now the apartment is filled with banging & hammering noises. Samuel is trying to sleep in his bouncer as the cot is on the other side of the wall that they are hammering! We are hiding out in the computer room till they are finished. Hopefully before it's time to get the kids from school. (I'm not holding my breath on that happening though!) As long as they clean up properly this time I will be happy!
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In the meantime I think I will have partake of a little chocolate :-)
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Here's to happy excuse free days ahead (till next Tuesday anyway!!) LOL

5 comments:

angelgurl said...

you have the patience of a saint Rachel more so with three children. Enjoy that chocolate!!! It's well deserved after the run around you have gotten.

Loved the shots of Master S in the post below he made me smile with the hand on the head and the "I Love you this much"shot.

blairsboys said...

Well, that's tradesmen for ya!!! They are obviously just as useless in KL as they are in NZ ... never on time, always full of excuses. Okay, so I'm sure they're not ALL like that, but having renovated a house I do believe most of them are!
I hope everything gets fixed sooner rather than later ... I can imagine it is very frustrating not to have hot water in your bathroom, especially with 3 kids!

Serene Ho said...

That sounds familiar..haaha. But for me, just the opposite! The maintenance guy turns up without calling first and at an ungodly hour of 9am! and we were still sleeping cos Jonathan woke up in the middle of the night going back to sleep at 8am.
Hoping your work gets done really quickly and all the mess cleared up. Take more chocolates :)

Penny said...

maaaaaaaaaaaaate!

topkatnz said...

WOW, I can see the steam comin out your ears from here!!hugs honey:) hope the chocolate helped...