We’re not DYIers no more

Grant-McGeeBy Grant McGee

Local columnist

The Lady of the House and I were amazed to find out we aren’t “DIYers” or “Do It Yourselfers” anymore.

Sad to say I think it’s because we don’t like getting dirty.

This self-revelation came about when I knocked out the front signal light of our four-door sedan.

It was an accident. I owned up to it though. I promptly called The Lady of the House.

“I’ll just go down to the junkyard and get a light,” I proclaimed to The Lady of the House. “I’ll even install it myself.”

I kept putting off the trip to the junkyard.

“There’s just not enough time in the day,” I’d tell The Lady of the House.

Then one Saturday after going to a bunch of yard sales we decided to go to the junkyard; only we forgot that we’d had the big rain days before.

“You coming with me?” I asked The Lady of the House.

“It’s muddy and I’m wearing my good sneakers,” she said.

“Oh come on, it’s not totally muddy,” I said.

We both walked to the junkyard office.

I told the folks in there what we needed.

“There’s a bunch of those right behind this building,” said the junkyard guy.

“You mean I have to pull the part myself?” I asked.

The junkyard guy nodded.

I had forgotten that part about buying junkyard stuff.

We went out back and tiptoed over small puddles, stepped on waterlogged pieces of cardboard and jumped over larger puddles. When we turned the corner we were confronted by a pool of water big enough to swim across.

“I’m wearing my good sneakers,” The Lady of the House reminded me. “Let’s just take it to our garage and they can fix it all.”

“But I used to do this stuff,” I proclaimed.

“Yes dear,” said The Lady of the House. “But we’re just not ‘Do it Yourselfers’ anymore. And I’m not getting my good sneakers dirty.”

Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life. Contact him at his blog: grantmcgeewrites.com.