Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Craigs List

Have you heard of it?? Craigs list is like ebay (it's now actually OWNED by ebay) but you only look at local stuff, there's no shipping because you pick it up yourself, and there's no promise to buy. You can look at the stuff and not buy it, and as we like to do, bargain with the seller. That's the fun part in Kenny's opinion. Anyway, Sunday night our dryer took a big poop. It's old, it came with the house, time for a new one. We looked at new ones (my first choice of course) but with a wedding and all sorts of expensizes, we thought about a used one for now, and when the washer goes (it's just as old) we'll get a matching set new. Sounds like a good plan to me, so we looked on Craigs List and Monday evening found a good one. It was only a year old, $150, and only about a half hour away on the freeway. We hopped in the truck and drove out there. First let me say the house was trashed, in every aspect. It was pretty nasty to say the least. We looked at the dryer, which looked great, and the girl even ran it for us so we knew it worked. Kenny hammered her on the price and we bought it for $100. She shuts off the gas switch and Kenny starts to unscrew the line and out comes the gas. All over the teeny room we're standing in. Now if you have even had carbon monoxide in your body before, you know what can happen and how it feels, and Kenny and I have BOTH had incidences with it on a houseboat trip (we will NEVER EVER EVER GO ON ONE AGAIN!!!!) so we got the heck out of the house. The girl obviously came with us out the back door where it was POURING RAIN. By this time it's 9pm, dark, raining, cold, and now there's this huge gas leak. So the girl calls the gas company and they tell her it will be within an hour when someone can get there!! Can you believe that?? An hour?? WTF??? So we just call 911 and they send not one, not two, not three, but FOUR firetrucks. FOUR!!! I sat in the truck across the street, safe away from the gas, watching the whole thing go down. The gas company drove up about 20 minutes later and NEVER STOPPED!! Can you believe that one?? They just kept driving around the block and never stopped!! The nerve!! So the problem was that the switch that the girl switched off was faulty, and there was truly no way of knowing that ahead of time. The fire department took care of the problem, made sure the girl knew she did the right thing by calling them and then we loaded the dryer (STILL raining at this point) into the truck and got out of there. It was crazy. I still can't believe the fire trucks. So this is my Craigs List story. Can anyone beat this one???

4 comments:

Tasha said...

wow thats crazy...shame on the gas comapany...they were so wrong not to stop.mm

Tan said...

I know it was not funny at the time, but just think...if you and Kenny can make an adventure out of buying a used dryer then you can rest assured life will never be boring! LOL Gas leaks are scary and I'm glad nobody got hurt.

Vader's Mom said...

Now that was a good laugh. I'm so sorry that it happened, but it's a hoot!!!

Lori said...

That is kind of scary, but all I could think was FIREMEN!! ha!