September 14th, 2002

Roman

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Mike's here and, I hope, still asleep. WE had a terrific dinner last night at a suitably exotic place. We talked about our relationship with our mother and ours with our children. Mike told me some of his thoughts about his retirement and dealing with his disability. It's been good so far. I am thinking maybe we could go get apples this morning. Something like that.
Roman

diaries

I tried renting the Princess & the Warrior and ended up with THe Princess Diaries. Instead of getting the right princess, I then went on to get another diary: Bridget Jones's. Smarter than I expected but still very much a formula.Good performance by Zelweiger, some good words, lines. Still the same tired story, though.

It got me thinking, though, about my next personal ad. Something along the line of "Just as I am"...although those words are a bit too hackneyed. Needs editing.
Roman

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I woke much too early this morning but couldn't get back to sleep. Just now I napped for a bit, hoping to make up for it.

I am going to get some hex wrenches in the hope that I can get that faucet apart. I'll drop off the two DVDs on the way, maybe choose others. It's a bit warm outside.
Roman

In pursuit of plumbing parts

I went to the Do-It center to get hex wrenches. While holding the wrenches, I went into the plumbing section and found the exact faucet that I have. I asked the plumbing guy about getting into it, how I would do that. He verified that I would use a hex wrench, then unscrew the other parts underneath. He did not know another way to figure out what part I needed, even though the actual faucet was sitting there in front of me. I thought that odd.

I went home, got the thing undone, actually found the instructions that came with the faucet and got out the cartridge, which it seemed was the guy I wanted. But just in case, I bundled up the parts I had taken off and bagged them, brought them with me, along with the instruction sheet with its exploded views and part numbers.

Back to the Do-it Center. They did not have the cartridge, suggested I go across the street. I went to Quaglino's, they did not have the part either. But I noticed that these cartridges tend to be very expensive. That got me wondering if the cartridge was in fact the problem.

I headed for OSH with all my parts and instructions. When I finally got a plumbing person there he actually seemed to have a little more of a clue. They didn't have the cartridge either but he said the Price Pfister faucets are guaranteed not to leak for life so I should call the 800 number, probably Monday, and talk to a service person there, who should be able to determine what parts I actually need. And then they should ship them to me for free. That's what he said. We'll see if that is what happens. But in the meantime I am without a kitchen faucet and by extension a dishwasher, because I have to keep the water shut off under the sink. I can use the bathroom sink, though, just a little inconvenient, not a tragedy. It's not like I'm hosting a party or anything.

Almost every plumbing story I have to tell tends to get long, like this one. This one isn't over yet.