Living with Mr. Fix It

My husband has, apparently, a new hobby of fixing things around the house. It has been a few years.

It probably started out of necessity or convenience (faster to do it than schedule an appointment), but it’s become a thing now. It’s funny how patterns develop slowly and before you know it, it’s a full-blown habit.

It’s come to a crescendo lately since we have not one but two broken washers in the garage. Our washer was quite old and it finally died. Now it’s taking up space behind my car until bulk pick up day.

We were about to buy a new one, when my nice neighbor, Justin, said he had an extra set and would give it to us. He said it still worked at last check, but when we got it to our garage, it didn’t work all that well.

There is another neighbor, Les, who likes to fix appliances, and specializes in washers and dryers. Les said he’d help Claus fix the replacement washer, so it’s their little slow project.

When I got fed up with waiting for a working washer, Claus pulled the Les card and said LES said it’s better to fix it because it’s older, it’s quality, and it’s made to last. We’ll fix this baby and she’ll serve us for many years, I was informed.

It’s like a middle class suburban husband club with Claus, Justin, and Les, and the Washer Project.

Meantime, there are tools and parts all over the place, so whenever I come home I do this intricate sideways dance to maneuver my way into the house.

I also am not allowed to use the washer until it’s fixed. Claus thinks he’s the Washer Whisperer and that only he can use Justin’s semi-functional washer because he knows its quirks.

I actually like to do laundry so it’s kind of making me crazy that I can’t wash at will. I have all these throw rugs and other things I wish to launder but have been told washer use is limited to essential items for now. What is he, the Board of Washer Supply?

This is totally a First World Problem, yes. And I could actually walk to my dad’s house down the street and use his, but I’m lazy.

I suppose I should just remind myself that it’s cute that my husband wants to be handy. And that one day when the washer fully works again I will be sad that I will be expected to use it instead of having Claus do all the work.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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3 thoughts on “Living with Mr. Fix It

  • March 4, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Hello Diane,
    My dad was very handy around the house, plumber, carpenter, masonary, electrician, all kinds of appliances, he could fix just about anything. I have learned so much from my dad and now I have taken over as the handyman around the house. Yesterday I fix the gutters and repaired the hollow tile wall.

    • March 10, 2019 at 10:30 am

      mlum808 – lucky you! And lucky wife that you are handy!

  • March 4, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Poor thing Chris can’t help u


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