Saturday, May 30, 2009

When Life Gives You a Lemon?

After a night spent weeping so uncontrollably and so annoyingly that The Spouse sought refuge on the pull-out couch (yeah . . . that's another set of sheets I need to wash now), trying to figure out if I should arrange to take the cats to the US this summer since there was NO WAY IN HELL I'M COMING BACK TO THIS WASHER-LESS WASTELAND in September, certain that by now everyone thinks I have some sort of Muchausen by Proxy Syndrome involving an appliance . . . I feel somewhat vindicated.

The Spouse, in a fit of pique and in direct violation of our warranty, took the top off the washing machine and discovered the casing that encloses the washer drum--the water-tight casing--is cracked like a walnut in the driveway.

We have a lemon, ladies and gentlemen.

He called Man Friday who gasped and said, "Ahhhh! DON'T open it up! You'll void the warranty!"

"Man Friday," The Spouse sighed, "I needed to know it wasn't an installation issue. This is not a matter of sending over another meister. The machine is crap."

So Man Friday asked for the number on the sales receipt and will call them . . . Monday.

AND, I am laying bets now. Based on my experiences with defective products in the Slovak Republic, how much you wanna bet that this machine gets sent back to the factory for repair. For weeks and weeks? Huh? HUH?!

I will become an optimist when things look up. And not a moment before.


Jen said...

When are your holidays again?
It's really time, isn't it?

And yes, I expect it can only be sent back to the factory.

Tina in CT said...

I assume that your husband doesn't go to the States for the summer.

Did your husband demand a new washer/dryer combo as per your lease?

The Expatresse said...

The Spouse usually joins us in the US for two weeks in the summer.

Baboo and I scooter-ed over to Scandinavian, a very nice restaurant with a lovely outdoor seating area this afternoon. I had two glasses of rose. She had the grilled ham and cheese and a brownie with ice cream. Life is better for the moment.

valentina said...

Why didn't Skittles go with you and Baboo? To think she missed such treats! Poor rabbit!

And this bloody washer! Did Ron insist that you get a combo to replace this lemon?

They really owe you plus something off your exorbitant rent for your trouble!

Please, oh please, insist on a combo because you could be living with this washer for a long time!!

I am really looking forward to having you all here in July! Hang in there! I know it is really tough going with no washer and dryer... Especially for you who is the Queen of the Festival of Laundry! xov

kate said...

I am not taking that bet.

Annie said...

This is one of those things that is so important, I might be tempted to pony up myself. You just have to have a washing machine. A washer/dryer is nice, but a washer is critical.

Actually, I consider the crunchy towels an upside,but ironing is not.

In Russia this seems normal, but my husband is in Korea - land of technology. And apparently, they do not ordinarily have dryers. I can't imagine how he looks going to work every day. I can't visualize him actually ironing.

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