PREPARE FOR RANT.
So long story short, I had to call out the PUD to check the range to see if there was a gas leak. There wasn’t—all good, right? Except utility dude comes in, hangs around far longer than needed, and tries to mansplain all about gas and circuit breaker boxes and the like to me. To which point I was about ready to kick his ass to the corner.
REPAIR PEOPLE AND UTILITY WORKERS: DO NOT patronize your customers. DO NOT assume that the purple haired, tattooed chick does NOT own the nice house she’s in, that she does NOT understand how a circuit breaker box works, and that she needs your mansplainin’ big-assed ball-thoughts to make certain she understands the situation. Just because she can’t fix a stove? Doesn’t make her stupid!
And while we’re at it…guess what? BUDDY-BOY COULDN’T FIX THE STOVE EITHER. Guess his mighty thoughtful balls couldn’t figure that one out. I, on the other hand, know I can’t fix the stove and that’s fine—I write books. I hire people to fix what I can’t. I give respect and expect it in return.
AND BY THE WAY…why the hell did he decide he could hang out in my house and try to find something to talk about after he finished doing the job he’s paid to do? I work at home, I have things to do, books to write, and um…a life to live which doesn’t include standing around watching some good ol’ boy try to impress me. And do NOT tell me I shouldn’t call the appliance repair company because oh gee, maybe the stove will be fine in a day or so? I don’t have time to wait around for some magical stove-fairy to wave her wand and fix the sparking burners.
MY HOUSE. MY CALL.
Sigh. I hate being patronized. I hate the good ol’ boy attitude, and I’m NOT a li’l woman in any sense of the word (except I am short, I will give you that one, but that’s another subject).
And if he’s just socially awkward? NOT MY PROBLEM. I don’t give a flying fuck. He can go be socially awkward around somebody who will put up with his bullshit. And yes, I am contacting the PUD and complaining. He did his job, and that should have been it. Not standing around in my kitchen trying to patronize me and my assistant for another 20-30 minutes.