Hosed.

It all started with the hose. The pretty boingy curly purple hose that I use to water the plants in the back yard that aren’t hooked up to the spot spitter irrigation. I discovered two holes in the purple hose. I finally got around to buying a replacement hose yesterday at lunch and brought it home last night.

It had been a couple weeks since I’d watered the stray plants, so I happily watered them and then turned it off at the 5-way bib splitter. Except the plastic switch busted off and I got a face full of water. Wiping my eyes, I shoved my thumb on it and realized that the way it had busted, the bib splitter now needed replacing.

Except, neither of the stores I visited last night had the kind of splitter I needed for my irrigation timer. I figured I’d make do and bought an upscale bronze 4-splitter. Actually, since I needed more than a coupler, it was my only option. Of course I get home and learn that I need a new gasket or grommet or whateverthehell that rubber thing inside is called. So back to a different home improvement store today at lunch to look for it, except I can’t find it and none of the employees who worked there knew where they were. In the seasonal department? Nope. In the plumbing department? Nope. I gave up and went to Target and there I found a whole bag of them for $.67. What was so tough about that, I wonder?

I also bought a “kink reliever”, since the irrigation line out of my irrigation timer was kinked. Just now I put it all together and would like to tell you that the kink is gone, as in it’s no longer kinky, and it’s all unkinked and working unkinkedly. Just like it should.

Except now I have to solve the problem that is my non-existent radio antenna on my car. I have an auto-antenna that goes up and down when the radio gets turned on or off. The radio’s on button got pushed, I didn’t know it because the sound was down and it snapped on my garage door as I backed out of my garage. I’m thinking I’ll go with a rubber nubbin antenna instead of shelling out the boo-koo dollars for the OEM antenna assembly…

I suppose I should give an honorary mention to the exploding fish tank filter that floated pieces of carbon through the big tank, which required an extra tank change this week. One day after I’d done their weekly tank change, of course.

There were a couple of other things, too, but at this point I’m just amused at the craziness and plus, we’re off to see the new Harry Potter movie….

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12 responses to “Hosed.

  1. I could visualize everything except the car antenna part. Don’t you drive a tiny sports car? Was the antenna like 5 feet long? Does your garage door only open 5 feet above the ground? I’m confused about how that happened. Please tell me! I hope you enjoyed the movie as much as I did. And good job on the sprinkler stuff!

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    I do drive a tiny sports car… the problem wasn’t with the car, it was with the garage door and my impatience. Why is patience a virtue? Because if I had actually waited for the garage door to get all the way up, I would still have my antenna. But, in the four years I’ve lived here, I’ve never waited for the door to get all the way up because I never have the radio on. Except for that morning, apparently. Argh!

    Movie was OK, I thought it was slower than the previous ones… Tony said he thought that was because they’re building the story for the next one?

    The hose/sprinkler/bib all work great now! Yay!

  2. noonie

    you are giving offmagic aren;t you… stay away from my computer….

    and i’msending as much positive energy as i can towards Aunty Marjorie, been there done that one Aunty Marje, you hang in there.

    apologies of typing mess, am in France on mini puter…

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    I’m thinking you’re doing fine on your mini puter all by yourself, I don’t need to do anything at all to it… *tee hee hee* 😛

    Thank you so much for the positive energy to my Aunt… we really appreciate it.

    Enjoy France! What are you doing there?

    ~Jammie J.

  3. Cat

    I’m thinking that your problems really all have to do with water. It seems to have a grudge against you. 😉

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    Except for the antenna thing. I guess we have to have a token unique thing, eh?

    ~Jammie J.

  4. Wow, you seem pretty good at repairs.
    Go for the stub antenna, less likely to break another one.

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    Good at repairs said tongue in cheek, right? hehe
    Stub antenna — exactly what I was thinking. That up and down thing is just more money than it’s worth.

    ~Jammie J.

  5. At least you got the kinkiness out of your life, right?

    You can always look for the antenna on ebay.

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    Well, the kinkiness out of my hose, anyway. 😆

    As luck would have it, Tony has a stub antenna that he wasn’t using. He said he’d give it to me…

    ~Jammie J.

  6. there is a children’s book called If You Give A Moose A Muffin. Yours would be If You Give A Girl A Splitter.

    Hope next week finds all of your gadgets working as they should!

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    Just call me “Gadget Girl Splitter”, I guess. 😀

    ~Jammie J.

  7. Dude! Wait for the garage door to open. I’ve never heard of people just going while the garage door is still moving. You’re as goofy as I am.

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    It’s so slow… I hate roll up garage doors. Ugh!

    ~Jammie J.

  8. grrrace

    i don’t know. that was just too much information on hoses… i had no idea they could be so complicated!

    oh no on the antenna! i have a rubber antenna. it works great, but it’s not very fancy. hehe.

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    I kinda like the way rubber nubbin antennas look. Heh. Automatic antennas are a pain the butt and cost way too much money.

    ~Jammie J.

  9. Beth

    I’m sorry but you lost me at spitter irrigation. I’m way impressed, though, that you could take care of all that by yourself. I would’ve given up and hired someone to do it for me.

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    It should have just been a five minute project! Instead it turned into a parade across Orange County trying to find a splitter that worked and a rubber inner piece that no one knew where it was. Talk about irritating!

    ~Jammie J.

  10. Very impressed with your skillz! I loved the new Harry Potter until the end. I thought it fizzled out.

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    I’ve not read the books, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just thought the movie was slower than the previous ones. Beautifully filmed, as always, just slower…

    ~Jammie J.

  11. You are tenacious aren’t you? 😉

    I’m impressed that you are doing a drip irrigation. It’s a “next project” for us – we are taxing the well trying to keep it all alive in this drought and heat.

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    Tenacious and persistent, yep.

    I love the spot spitter irrigation line, learned about it in year 2000 from my plant mentor who worked at a nursery that had them. I’ve had them set up in my yards (previous two, as well as this one) and cannot imagine using anything else. My experience has been that they’re kind of hard to find, but well worth it in the end. I run my irrigation once daily for 3 minutes in the morning during summertime and 1 minute during the winter… that’s all they need.

    ~Jammie J.

  12. I cannot get over that you knew how to fix that problem…And knew what the parts you needed were…Miss Fix-It….Good for you!
    I had a problem with my Antenea a number of years ago–not for the same reason, but it got bent by someone….And I had to replace it and you are SOOOO Right! Very Very Expensive!

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    When the antenna stopped working due to age on my previous Miata, I had the entire assembly replaced and I remember it was well over $400. This time around, I’m not paying that price. It’s just plain stupid when I’d be just as happy with a rubber antenna.

    Aww, you’re sweet about me being Miss Fix-It, but I figure if I really were Miss Fix-It, it would have been done in about 15 minutes or less instead of dragging on for a day or two… and I still need to put the tiny little filter back in line so the irrigation timer’s water line doesn’t get clogged by some random crap in our water. I just know the water company’s been waiting for the chance…

    ~Jammie J.