Mar 2, 2009

For the third Monday in a row, I spent the day working on an irrigation project in the front yard. A number of months ago, the irrigation line serving the front yard broke under the driveway, in a location that made it impossible to repair, short of jack hammering up the driveway. The reason the line was under the driveway is that a knucklehead named Kenny was trying to save a few bucks. Who is Kenny, you might ask? Kenny was a guy who worked for the contractor who built out house. Kenny was a landscaper in the most liberal use of the term 'landscaper'. Kenny was a guy with a truck and he worked cheap. As I recall, in 1995 Kenny was awaiting sentencing for his umpteenth DUI conviction. Any conversation with Kenny invariably contained the phase, "I will probably be in jail". The boy had things on his mind. Rather than putting the front and back yards on their own valves and timers, Kenny decided to save the cost of one timer, maybe $20, by running the front off the backyard timer. This meant running the line to serve the front, under our driveway. One of the Merle Wayne Sneed tips for better living is to always think of the worst case scenario when making a decision. In Kenny's case, he should have asked himself, what the plan would be if the line under 16' of pavement broke. The main water service line to house is also under the driveway, but the plumber who installed it, put in in a chase, so that should it break, it can be pulled and replaced without tearing up the driveway. I'm sure it never crossed Kenny's booze-addled brain that what he was doing could cause a mess down the road. My potential problems, were the least of Kenny's for real problems. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky

6 comments:

Steve said...

It sounds to me like Kenny was a poor planner in many, many ways.

phd girl said...

Poor Kenny I don't hold out much hope for him.

Megan said...

I know somebody like that.

No pictures this time? :(

e said...

So, have you pulled up the drveway yet???

Kenny could not plan anything...a problem when someone is living from drink to drink...

How are you fixing this mess, Merle?

Your builders sound like the same idiots that repaired my humble abode following sinkhole problems:

Mr. Jack-you-up and Mr. Rip-you-off, Inc.

dennis said...

Dennis can send you a handwritten 2 page comprehensive irrigation plan personalized for the Sneed home for just $99.99 . You can pay in five easy pay installments of just $39.99 each. Act now and your documents will be decorated with the Van Sneed Family Coat of Arms.

Barbara said...

Irrigation and driveways are just not compatible. Our has cracked and continues to erode as water comes from somewhere, probably from a tiny hole in you-got-it the irrigation line that passes under the driveway. We had our own version of Kenny. He only spoke Spanish.