Do you believe in bad luck?
But I also think there are things in life that some people are luckier at than others. For example, when my brother was younger, if there was a contest or a chance to win something, he always won it. Always. I know people who aren’t gamblers, who go to Vegas and win a couple of thousand bucks every time. Lucky, right?
So if there is a good luck fairy, then I’m of the mindset there has to be a bad luck fairy too. I’m not talking about unpreventable tragedy, but those…annoying types of bad luck. Like the one time you forget your cell phone and you have car trouble. Or you run to the store in ratty sweats, bad hair, no makeup…and run into the ex-boyfriend from high school who dumped your ass.
We in the Armstrong household seem to have bad luck with hot tubs. When we bought this house 11 years ago, it came with a big hot tub, which was inset in the lower deck. For the first 6 months, we sat in it damn near every day. And since there’s something weirdly appealing about sitting in a 100 degree tub of hot water when it’s 10 degrees outside and snowing, we opted not to winterize it.
We had issues that year and the hot tub ended up sitting idle until it warmed up–oh, 6 months later–and the hot tub repairman could charge us a bajillion dollars an hour to even look at it. We fought with broken lids (we purchased 3 different covers), a broken pipe, a broken sensor–mechanical crap with that hot tub for 7 years. Oh, and this is coming on the heels of the hot tub we had at our other house for a few years…that had almost identical problems.
So after being hot-tub less for almost 3 years, due to a broken heater/crappy lid/cracked base, and poor service from the local idiotic technicians who actually caused the crack in the fiberglass by over tightening mysterious parts, we romanticized how much we loved relaxing in a bubbling spa as we gazed at the moon and listened to the wind in the pine trees. We decided we needed to start from scratch and purchase a new hot tub. From a different dealer. Then it’d be under warranty, right? If a problem arose, we’d just call them and presto fixo! all our issues would be addressed.
Our beautiful shiny new hot tub was installed one week before we left for Mobile. Yes, we sat in it every night it wasn’t raining. And we were happy, dammit.
Cut to ten days later and our return from vacation in Mobile. Daughter #3 had a friend over and they’d planned to sit in the shiny new hot tub–which we hadn’t bothered to check for two days after our return, because it rained for those two days, besides, it was a new hot tub and nothing could’ve gone wrong, right?
Yes, you guessed it, the hot tub was completely cold. Long story short, the service tech from the spa store said it wasn’t the hot tub, but the newly installed electrical breaker that tripped the hot tub off line. So the electrician replaced the faulty breaker, we drained and refilled the tub and presto fixo! we once again have heat and bubbles.
But I’m still getting that bad luck vibe. Like maybe we should’ve saved our pennies instead of tempting the bad luck fairy to smack us with her you-poor-suckers wand.
Any of you ever have the same type of bad luck with one specific thing?
I’ll toss in a prize of a Lakota dream catcher for one lucky commenter 🙂