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The immortal plumber returns!

Yesterday EPI and I discovered, much to our dismay, that the drain in our kitchen had sprung a leak. While EPI tried in vain to halt the leaking and mopped up the puddle that had found its way onto the floor, YT got on the blower and tried to find plumbers who might possibly have nothing better to do on a Saturday than come and fix our plumbing.

Amazingly, there were none. One, however, gave us a wee tip: call the insurance company, tell them that some major damage was imminent, at which they would promptly send over a plumber who would, if nothing else, stop the water gushing from the drain.

So that’s what we did. And yes, the insurance company said they’d send a man over, but all he’d do was stop the leaking — we’d have to figure the rest out on our own.

Twenty minutes later, the doorbell rang. And guess who it was? It was the immortal plumber!

OK, most of you won’t remember the immortal plumber. This guy came to fix a leak we had back in 2005 and subsequently regaled me with utterances of such infinite wisdom that I have never been the same again.

He didn’t seem the least pleased to see me. In fact he strolled in here like the King of Pipeland, just as sullen and self-important as ever, without even a passing acknowledgment of all the hours of pleasant conversation we’d once shared. Or maybe he just didn’t recognize me. Me, I hardly recognized him at first. It kind of looked like he’d had something done to his face, or maybe it was just a new toupee.

In any case, his besserwisser tendencies were unaltered, and after ladling out some immortal wisdom to EPI about how to go about shutting off the water supply to our apartment without scalding our neighbours in the shower [“make sure you go notify everyone because if someone gets burned, you could get sued”], he promptly left the building.

Which is really quite a shame because he could totally have had a major comeback. If he only knew the opportunity he missed!

[ps – Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers!]



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  • Clement October 10, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Yee ha! Welcome back to the immortal plumber, strolling in like the “King of Pipeland” – great stuff!!

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland October 10, 2010, 8:51 pm

    Yes this scalding water thing does it go on in Iceland with all that geothermal thing,so that hot water always comes out at 99.99 degrees c reeking of sulphur and if you are not a dab hand with mixing it with the cold you have had it.

  • Øystein-Norway October 10, 2010, 8:53 pm

    Perhaps you should send him over to us. We had some heavy rain here last week. Outside Stavanger we have three longer undersea tunnels. The rain created a new little river that started to flood into on of the tunnels, which is about 7 km long and 200 meter deep. The ordinary pumps did not manage to pump out the water, so the water rised…

    There is also a nice little video about two cars that drives into a road river – particular the second car:


    – the lady in the car speak very well Norwegian, but with an foreign accent (just to have in mentioned)…

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland October 10, 2010, 10:08 pm

    What a lovely blog this is Alda however some people beg to differ check out what Andrew Marr of the BBC has to say about bloggers


    Ha ha very funny.

  • hildigunnur October 10, 2010, 11:56 pm

    Kevin, bwahahaha – easy on the generalizations there, Andy, my pal 😀

  • Mike Richards October 11, 2010, 12:23 am


    Ah the Daily Telegraph, a place where the 1950s never ended. Reading that paper is like dropping into an alternate scary dimension where there are still steam trains, pea souper fogs, muffins for tea and the Home Service on the wireless.

  • Jon October 11, 2010, 3:12 am

    This isn’t the same guy who was supposed to fix the funny noise from the toilet, is it? I think EPI was doing his Clapton impression and didn’t hear the doorbell when he finally did show up that time.

  • D_Boone October 11, 2010, 8:18 am

    @ Kevin

    If inadequate and pimpled teenagers could write HALF as well as Alda we would be all patting ourselves on the back about how good our education system was 🙂

  • alda October 11, 2010, 10:45 am

    @ Jon — no, that was someone else.

    @ D_Boone — Aw, shucks! 😀

  • Joerg October 11, 2010, 12:11 pm

    Funny story. It would have been interesting to learn the plumber’s view of the Icelandic crisis. I suspect he might know about studies, which nobody else has ever heard of. 

    I didn’t know that ‘besserwisser’ is known in English. Apparently, the German language is always good for naming the pesky things in life.

  • alda October 11, 2010, 12:18 pm

    @ Joerg — yep. It’s made its way into the Icelandic lexicon, too. 🙂