The point of bringing back my blog was to aid in my New Year’s Resolution of building stronger, more authentic connections to the world around me. So, in the spirit of doing just that, I’m offering a glimpse of my “#RealLife.” Sometimes, this stuff is just “too good” it couldn’t have been made up… and this is a prime example of that.
Backstory – I do not talk on the phone very often. I much prefer texting. And Tyler HATES that I won’t just pick up the phone and call someone. Instead I will text back-and-forth for HOURS. Well, I especially don’t like talking on the phone when the number that shows up is a number I don’t recognize. I feel, if you want to talk to me, and I don’t know who you are, you can leave a message, and I can call (or text) you back. Ok, now fast forward to…
Present day – After a day of gearing up for the New Year, and feeling “motivated, amped,” and whatever other “energized” adjectives you can think of, about this New Year’s Resolution of mine, I see a phone number come across my Caller-ID that I didn’t recognize. “But gosh darn it, I’m becoming a new woman, so I’m going to answer that phone.” (This was the inner monologue I had with myself leading up to the decision to answer the phone.)
Upon answering the phone I learn that Tyler and I had “won” a $50 gift card through a new homeowners program, and someone wanted to drop off the gift card that evening! Woo Hoo! (*I may have missed an important part of the conversation when I was trying to listen and write a note to Tyler letting him know what this mystery caller wanted.*) Well, a couple of hours later, after a “burnt grilled cheese incident” that had already caused excitement in the Clark Household, the doorbell rings. Low-and-behold, it’s the person delivering our gift card… and… a “no-purchase-necessary-water-evaluation.” … Um, I think that’s the part of the conversation I missed…
I’ll spare you the details of discovering that we do *gasp* have Hard Water in our house, but by-golly, this man had a $12K solution for us, that could be ours for just $7K if we purchased the system TONIGHT. (HA!) (Sidenote: Tyler and I don’t EVER do anything by the seat of our pants, especially not major purchases… we hadn’t even been thinking about a water treatment system until this man rang our doorbell – since I missed the part where I should have been expecting a water evaluation.)
But the best part of the evening, (yes – topping the “burnt grilled cheese incident”) was when during the “demonstration” (some might call it a “magician’s act”), the man had Tyler washing his hands in our sink with our tap water and water that had been treated by his system. As Tyler was washing his hands, he noticed the mat by the kitchen sink felt a little… wet… oh wait… OUR KITCHEN SINK IS LEAKING! This man had been using our faucet for 45 minutes at this point, showing us the differences in chlorine levels and yadda-yadda between our tap water and his conditioning system that he’s attached to our faucet and somehow now caused a VERY BIG mess! So we quickly cleaned the stuff from under the sink, sopped up the water, and threw the rug outside to dry out (or as it turns out, FREEZE!). Granted, the man did apologize and helped us to clean the mess. But after this incident, he then wanted to move us to the bathroom sink to continue the demonstration. We kindly said we “got the picture” and convinced him to wrap up his “presentation.”
Again, sparing you all of the details – it was certainly an interesting night… We. Got. Duped. Suckered. Taken-advantage-of. Whatever you want to call it… it was us. All in an attempt to “build connections,” I answered the phone for a number I didn’t recognize. (I have since told Tyler that if he’s ever in any type of accident he should tell the emergency responders they must use his phone to call me, or I will not answer.)
Luckily – we did NOT make any water-treatment-system purchases, the man left without putting up much of a resistance to us saying we really weren’t interested, AND we got our gift cards. (Boom.) We also were left with quite a mess, a load-of laundry to run at 10pm, and an evening full of laughs over our experience – one of those “inside joke” type things.
All-in-all, I “put myself out there” for a creating a new connection. Little did I know exactly what that connection would become, but it just goes to show you, you won’t know unless you try. So, while I’m still resolving to build connections this year, it’s not going to include answering the phone for numbers I don’t recognize very often, if ever. So there you have it… my #RealLife attempt at creating connections… not a successful connection with the water-treatment company, but led to a barrel of laughs with my husband. So, I’d say it’s still a “win” in my book.
Until Next Time,