“We’re all bozos on the bus, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride” –Wavy Gravy
Have you ever just looked at your friend or mate and thought….”boy they’re stupid”? I’m not one who likes those negative kinds of labels but there are times when I have to fight that thought. Sometimes my hubby will do something I think wasn’t so smart, and then my mind starts to add up all the other times he did things that made me question his thinking. I don’t like it, my mind just automatically goes there. Here’s an example. The other week our garbage disposal conked out after 12 good years of service. So we went to Sears and bought a new one. No problem. We came home and hubby took out the old disposal and replaced it with the new one. Yay! It worked. Way to go my handy man! We ran the dishwasher and the next morning when I went to put the dishes away I discovered that there was a pool of water standing in the bottom of the dishwasher. I got out the instruction manuals for the dishwasher and garbage disposal to find out what the problem was. I came to the conclusion that there was a hole that needed to be made into the side of the garbage disposal or some sort of plug that needed to be pried open from the side of the disposal. I told hubby about the problem and my findings. And do you know what he did? He thanked me but he ignored me. The next day (when he had time to work on the dishwasher/disposal problem) I came downstairs to find that he had the dishwasher pulled out from under the counter and was messing around with the coils at the bottom of the dishwasher. I thought, “Why is he doing that? I told him what the problem was.” At one point I even heard him cursing as he went down to the basement to get the wet/dry vac to suck the water out of the bottom of the dishwasher. When it seemed like he had calmed down I came back downstairs into the kitchen. Then I glanced over to see that the instruction manuals were exactly where I left them on the counter and had not been touched by him. Believe me, I know this for certain. So now I’m thinking…”WTF! How in the hell is he going to fix this when he hasn’t even looked at the instruction manuals??? I told him what the instruction manual said. Is he stupid!” He ended up giving up for the night and was at it again the next morning. He even ran the dishwasher again. In my mind I’m thinking…”Oh yeah, that’s really going work. How in the hell does he think that’s going to work when he hasn’t fixed the problem. The water doesn’t have anywhere to come out! Duh! Can he be that stupid? He’s just wasted so much time on this. It all could have been resolved if he just listened to me.” As I expected it would, but hoped it wouldn’t, the bottom of the dishwasher filled up with water again. I couldn’t stand it any longer. I went and picked up the instruction manual myself and just casually mentioned……”Look honey, it says here, blah, blah, blah.” “Oh” he said. Then he decided to take another look at the disposal and found the plug the manual talked about and popped it out.” Well of course that fixed the problem! Now I’m thinking…”Yay, it worked! Duh! Why didn’t he just listen to me in the first place.”
What is it about the male ego that won’t let them read instructions, ask for directions, or honor our request right now? I don’t know. Why can’t women read maps? Because then we would be perfect. Haha. We’re all bozos on the bus.