Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cute Chicken Story and The Trials and Tribulations of Appliance Repair

So my Kenmore washer broke down last week. 
Silly me, I thought that Kenmore and washer and dryers in general were to last at least 10-15 years.
Nope.  Not the way they are made anymore.
Boy, I feel old and awnry about that.
Mine broke down on the 7 year mark and my appliance repair man was packing up his tools and saying that was that.  New washer.

New washer?!
It just bugged the heck out of me.  So I said, well...how much would it be to repair it? 
As much as a new washer.

I most likely should have just gone out and bought a new one, but the idea of having to go down to a mall to a Sears store and buy a new one, throw out this one, and the whole hassle of it all....and then my washer and dryer would not match....well, I said buy the part.  A new motor.

Enough of the negatives.

The good part of all this is the story my appliance repair man told me about his chicken, Sarah.

A couple of years back, he and his family decided to buy a few chickens. Well, the 3 chickens they bought now have expanded to 45 chickens and he took a quick call while he was here from his daughter telling her to be sure all the chickens were in the coop because someone was stopping by to hopefully buy a few. 
However, he stressed, be sure that Sarah was separated from the group.

Ok ...I had to ask.  Sarah?
Sarah was one of their first 3 chickens and at the time of purchase, they had already been full grown chickens.
They tolerated basic handling from their new owners, but otherwise....forget about it.  They were just chickens.  They had not even named the chickens.
Well, after a few weeks, they experienced what new chicken owners all too often face.  Raccoons had gotten into the structure that they had placed the chickens and for sure, 2 of them had succumbed to becoming raccoon food.

After cleaning up the mess and ready to accept the fact that Sarah was most likely dragged off...here comes Sarah at a run towards him.

She took flight right in front of him and landed on his shoulder and stayed there.

Smart chicken!
Sarah will always have a place in that family's heart and a forever home.

Back to the washer.
Rick ended up on the second try figuring out what was wrong.  Not the motor...it was the timer. 
And that part was just as expensive.
Oh well.....I have a working machine and no needed trip to the ghastly mall.

Note:  I had asked him early in the process, what washer he would recommend.  He said to go on Craig's List and look for a 5 year old Whirlpool with very few extra dials on it.  That those do seem to still last a long time.  Probably should have just done that myself, but did not want to go thru that rigamarole either...

Anyhow.  I would not have heard about Sarah.

                                                 Nope. This is not Sarah.  But she's a cutey!

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