Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bye Bye Bye

A very unexpectedly exciting thing happened to me,

and it's name is:

I got a new garage door opener.

This may not seem like very exciting news,
but here is the picture of my old button for
my old garage door opener.
When my sixteen year old son totaled my car
three years ago,
this button thing barely survived the crash.
And for three years I have been having
to use this little screw driver
to push the metal inside of the little blue circle you can see.
It is a tricky thing to do and usually takes anywhere from a
minute to five.
There may be some cursing involved as well,
or at the very least taking
of said son's name in vain.
Quite the patience
builder if you know what I mean.
I tried getting a universal remote control,
but our door opener was so old that it wouldn't work.
But still getting a new opener never made it to the
top of the priority list of things to buy.
It still worked, kind of, so why spend the money to replace it?
Well last Saturday, Diana was playing water balloons with
some neighborhood kids.
In his usually annoying big brother fashion,
Jared popped one of her balloons.
She then threw another water balloon at him as he was
going into the house from the garage.
Of course she missed, and the balloon hit square on the
garage door opener button attached to the wall.
After that, it did not work. At. All.
I was most disgusted with her for a while,
but then a light bulb went off in my head
and I realized that our home
warranty covers garage door openers.
So I got a new garage door opener complete with handy dandy
button sans screw driver, for only the mere $55 co-pay.
Have I mentioned how much I love my home warranty?
And now with a quick little push of a button, my garage
door opens.
It is a thing of beauty I tell, ya.
Ah, the simple pleasures in life.


Heidi Ashworth said...

Eek! $55 co-pay? What would it have cost in total? $65? Still, I would say it's totally worth it.

Garden of Egan said...

It is amazing what an electronic gadget does!

Smart Helm said...

That is exciting! I'm so happy for you! Would you like me to give you some booties for your new addition? :-)

Hey.. I have a broken elbow. Perhaps my sense of humor has broken as well.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

ha ha ha ha ha Oh, the simple joys. Isn't it funny what we'll put up with for months on end?

Barbaloot said...

Ooh-it looks so pretty and shiny, too:)

val of the south said...

You definitely win in the "make do department"!! Glad you got a new one - 'bout time girl!!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Heidi, I guess I didn't really explain it very well, but because of the water damage, the whole opener had to be replaced, with out the warranty, it would have cost me at least $200. So $55 was better.

T said...

it is amazing what we'll tolerate indefinitely...

you know I've been manually closing my garage for two years just because I'm sick at the thought of having another repair to our garage door opener... well, not QUITE manually... it works just fine as long as you lean on the garage door while it's closing - thus, it technically still "works" and I can't justify the expense yet. Hmmmm... maybe I should let the kids play with water balloons?

yeah, my policy isn't as good as yours I have a feeling...

April said...

Oh Pat, you are a patient woman. I would have torched the thing years ago (and my son along with it). hahahaha!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! My garage door has been broken for over a year now! My husband keeps saying he'll fix it. But you know how that goes.

farmgirl said...

Garage door openers, ovens...all these fancy shmancy things in our lives just make it so great. Wouldn't you agree?

The Crash Test Dummy said...

I wish you were coming to CBC. It won't be as fun without you!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Deb thanks for thinking of me. I keep telling myself I am OK with not going, but I am afraid the denail stage of greif is slipping through my fingers rather rapidly. Dang.