I've been working insane hours lately. For the last couple of weeks, 10-12 hour days have been the easy ones. So, when a plumber came after two 16 hour days in a row a while back, I just let him in, pointed the way and made no effort to clean up my mess. I did explain to him that the exceptionally large of dirty pile of dishes was unusual, but that's it.
Today, I called over the lunch hour to report that my hot water tank is still leaking. I asked that a plumber call me back after 4, because I'd be in meetings all afternoon. I then promptly forgot all about the plumbing issues and went back to work. At 4:45pm, the doorbell rang. I was on the phone with my boss, so I ignored it. Then it rang again. And then it rang again. I put the boss on hold and went to chew out the kid who was trying to sell chocolate bars, ask for bottles or otherwise interrupt and bother me. It was a plumber.
It took me a few minutes to realize who he was, and during that time I *may* have scared him with my best death stare. He asked if he could please come in and go down to look at my hot water tank. I explained that I was on the phone and he'd be on his own. He tiptoed past me and went to investigate the problem. I finished my phone call, and started downstairs to apologize for the greeting he'd received at the door, only to pass the kitchen and realize that the pile of dishes - although a different pile of dishes from the ones he'd seen earlier - was as big as or probably larger than the one I'd declared to be unusual earlier.
So after all that, my question to you is: would it be wrong for me manufacture future problems and call him back at least once... maybe twice... in the near future, at a time when I can make sure that the house is clean, the dishes are done, and I don't look like a complete and total slob?
Two Faces of Humanity
7 hours ago