|Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
||[Oct. 5th, 2010|04:18 pm]
Boy, I hated that rhyme as a child. I wanted to be snails and puppy dog tails. It was so much cooler. |
But you know what one of the best things about being a girl is?
When the guy at the autoparts store asks if you'd like him to put the new windshield wipers on your car for you...in the rain...you can say "Oh, would you? That would be wonderful!" And you don't HAVE to feel like a wimp.
(Although I did. I spent the whole three minutes keeping myself from saying "oh, fer chrissakes, I know how to do it. I'm not going to melt.")
Because, really, snails and puppy dog tails.
There are times to take advantage of the girl bits.
We were in Wyoming (maybe, I'm not sure- it all looks the same to me anymore) one late fall, below freezing weather with pelleted rain, massive sidewinds, trucks off in the ditch, etc. when we had to stop to replace the $1 windshield wipers he who shall not be named bought for the van at Menard's. To make up for this goof he came out with the most expensive wiper blades he could find ($30 each) and tried his best, for something like half an hour, to make them go on the wiper stalks. It SHOULD have been easy- but, no. I tried to help but that turned out to be not such a good idea so I just stepped back and held my tongue. But when his fingers started to go numb I went inside the shop and asked the closest guy behind the counter for help.
The guy immediately came outside and said, "Oh, your first problem is you have a Sprinter!" He who shall not be named turned to growl but the guy continued saying, "I was a Sprinter mechanic in Washington state for a few years and they can be real pigs. Here, let me give you a hand... Oh, here's your second problem: this wiper blade is broken."
Bless the snails and puppy dog tails.
Five minutes later we were back on the road again- and heading for a motel to defrost over a hot curry and cable TV.
Ah, the joys of vehicle maintenance. I don't miss the do-it-yourself aspect one little bit.
Yes, take advantage: like during needed oil changes, or tire changes. Of course I can do it, of course I'm capable - but I like to think that I'm smart enough to get someone else to do it instead.
I am perfectly capable of doing lots of uncomfortable tasks (like changing wiper blades in the rain), but I'll happily play the girl card if it means I don't have to do them.