Gratitude

Some people are just nice

Monday Morning. Public holiday here in Australia. I wake up late after a night out celebrating my friend J’s 30th birthday. Went to the gym. Got home. Took a shower. Turned the tap off. But the water wouldn’t stop running. It wasn’t just a dripping shower head. It was running full force. Cold water.

So anyway, I got dressed quickly and tried over and over to turn the tap either way but to no avail. I wasn’t sure where the tap to shut down the water was. I first tried the plumber I’ve had come over in the last year. Being a public holiday, it went straight to his voicemail. I left a message.

Then I went upstairs to one of my neighbours and knocked on her door. She suggested trying a tap in the laundry but also suggested asking another neighbour as the layout of her place is different to mine. She said to come back if there was still any trouble. I tried her suggestion. No luck. Water still running the same way. I tried another plumber but again, could just leave a message. So then I went up to the other neighbour who told me the tap was in the toilet. He also said to let him know if it doesn’t work. I tried the ‘tap’. Which in my unit, needed to be turned with a spanner. But it didn’t seem to work. So I called a third plumber {yes!} and was on hold when the second neighbour knocked to check if his suggestion had worked. He then came in and checked out all the other taps and the shower. Then went to get his own spanner and shut down the water in the bathroom and toilet. So the shower finally stopped running. In this time, I also got hold of the plumber who said it would obviously cost extra if they were to come out on the public holiday. I told them I’d ring them the next day as at least we had controlled the water for now.

Thanks to my neighbour’s help.

Of course, the flatmate and I put up with having to fill up the cistern in the toilet with water from the kitchen in bottles. We brushed our teeth using water from the kitchen in a glass. And we put up with not being able to take a shower this morning. And unlike me, she had to go to work.

But that’s not all in terms of how nice people are.

Tuesday morning. I rang the first plumber — the guy who did three jobs for me last year. He gave me a time frame for when he would come. Luckily I’d already taken an ADO which meant I was at home and not work. A whole hour after the hour he said passed. Mind you, it was also pissing down with rain outside. I gave him another hour and then rang him. He apologised saying he’d gotten caught up with other jobs that took longer than expected and would be here in 30 minutes.

He came. He checked the tap by unscrewing the whole thing. There was a small piece of metal stuck there from goodness knows where which possibly blocked the tap from turning. And voila! All is well. In like 2 minutes. I was preparing myself to hear the cost of that 2 minute job. Possibly $100 or more.

When I asked him how much it was, his response — “don’t worry about it“.

Seriously?

On a wet, rainy, windy day a.k.a. very shitty weather, coming out to a house and well, doing your job, you are not going to charge me. I checked again. {Asking a bit differently of course to what was going on in my head} And he said yes…don’t worry.

Which was very, very nice of him.

There are some truly nice people in the world. Given that I’ve been feeling a bit shitty and down, people like my neighbours and the plumber make me smile. At their sheer goodness.

If you live in the Sydney area and are in need of a good plumber, I can definitely recommend one. I kinda already recommended him to my friend M last year after he did a couple of good jobs for me but will recommend him even more now. So just seek me out!

What’s some goodness that you’ve come across these past few days?

Do share. 

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Reply
    Magali
    January 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    This brightened my night! 🙂

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      Psych Babbler
      February 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Glad it did that…as it brightened my day! 🙂

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    Magali
    January 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    This brightened my night! 🙂

    • Reply
      Psych Babbler
      February 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Glad it did that…as it brightened my day! 🙂

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    ns
    January 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Happened a couple of times when i was in India. I got my car horn repaired, i wasn’t charged. I got 2 spectacles aligned, i wasn’t charged. Left me quite surprised.

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      Psych Babbler
      February 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

      It’s really nice when people do stuff like that. With the glasses though…I thought alignment was for free anyway! Have had to do mine a few times and it’s always been free… 😛

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    ns
    January 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Happened a couple of times when i was in India. I got my car horn repaired, i wasn’t charged. I got 2 spectacles aligned, i wasn’t charged. Left me quite surprised.

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      Psych Babbler
      February 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

      It’s really nice when people do stuff like that. With the glasses though…I thought alignment was for free anyway! Have had to do mine a few times and it’s always been free… 😛

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    R's Mom
    January 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Thats so sweet rey 🙂 your post made me smile so much

  • Reply
    R's Mom
    January 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Thats so sweet rey 🙂 your post made me smile so much

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    Titaxy
    February 5, 2013 at 12:41 am

    world is a better place with kind people like these.

  • Reply
    Titaxy
    February 5, 2013 at 12:41 am

    world is a better place with kind people like these.

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