Just after complaining I hated tests, Mother Nature sent me three of them yesterday. The Sound Of Water Gushing Test (SOWGT) measured my curiosity. I thought my restraint was being tested so I did not bang on the bathroom door and tell my grandson Sebi to quit wasting water in the shower. Later my wife informed me I flunked SOWGT because the water was actually gushing out of an overhead light fixture in the ceiling covering our backyard patio. The ensuing Water Shutoff Test (WST) measured my memory. I found the main shutoff valve inside the house even though difficult to spot and more difficult to reach. I only get half credit because it took Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Guy to find the outside meter to the house underground and buried in snow in my neighbor’s garden. That was a surprise discovery considering we have lived here almost 24 years. Thirdly, Trick Questions Test (TQT) measured my inability to think under pressure:
PSE Guy: Do you want me to turn off the water from street to house?
Wife: Do you want to pay $400 per hour holiday labor rate (through Sunday) for Quality Plumbing (QP) Guy because our regular plumber cannot schedule us for an estimate until January 7th?
Wife: Quality Plumbing Guy is stuck in snow at the bottom of our street. What do you want to do?
I made one walking round trip (9 houses down) to get QP Guy and two harrowing driving roundtrips in my car to (1) get the tool to turn on the valve PSE Guy shut off and (2) deposit QP Guy back at his truck after mortgaging my house to Quality Plumbing to get water flowing for now.