“Luck comes and goes; you have to seize it. Bad luck comes and goes; it must be overcome. But I will never, never sit at the side of the road showing my wounds and shouting, ‘It’s destiny’!”
― Jean Van Hamme,
It is believed that necessity is the mother of invention. Creativity flows from stress. If that be the case then a leaking pipe making its presence known in the wee hours of the morning is a great justification for a person to take remedial action and do it quickly.
I had fallen asleep in my comfortable rocker when I woke up and heard a strange sound emanating from the nearby bathroom. The door to the room was partially closed and I had no idea what was going on inside until I opened the door, flipped on the light switch and discovered that the room was totally drenched with free-flowing water.
The rug on the floor was a soaked disaster, the ceiling a large lake of moisture and the bathtub doing its best to retain and disperse the water down it’s over worked drain. There was no way to turn this situation into lemonade.
I ran into the kitchen , scooped up paper towels, water pitchers, a bucket and rubber gloves in the hopes of handling this watery disaster. I removed the sopping wet bath mat from the floor and placed the plastic bucket, water pitcher and an ample supply of old t-shirts on the floor to at least soak up the mess.
I then had the crazy idea to convert the plastic shower curtains into a conduit to not only capture the water but also guide it towards the bath tub.Using determination and a good supply of masking tape I managed to stretch the curtain across the room and momentarily re direct the cascading water into the tub.
I then placed a call to building maintenance who appeared on the scene twenty minutes later. The water was turned off, the ceiling torn apart and a makeshift rubber dowel was used to halt the flow of any more water. The deluge of despair had been replaced by a barrier of bravado.
There is a positive side to this tale. The repair crew informed me that it was my good luck that the pipe had begun to leak slowly as it did. They examined the length of pipe and said it was only a matter of time before the pipe would have burst and wreaked more havoc.
Keeping your wits about you when disaster strikes is crucial for success.