Mannix About Manatee: Crisis averted before kickoff

September 1, 2013 

My wife had been hankering for quite awhile about getting a new dryer.

I'd nod, grunt in agreement and keep right on watching whatever game was on TV.

So it took another 45 minutes or longer for clothes to get done every Sunday. As long as my stuff got dry, I was good.

Naturally, Sherri doesn't see it quite that way. Especially since she's the one who does the laundry, despite my offers to help.

Ahem.

Anyway, the dryer finally crapped out two weeks ago and off we went shopping for a new one.

Oh, joy!

We decided to go ahead and get a new washing machine, too, rather than have to eventually make the same trip twice.

Well, we found what we wanted for quality and price on the second stop of our first night looking. So, thankfully, this was not going to drag out.

There was only one problem, though not a big one, it seemed at the time.

The delivery date.

Last Saturday was already booked up, the sales manager said.

A weekday wouldn't do since both of us work.

Somehow, telling the boss you're going to be late because you're waiting for the delivery of a new washer and dryer might not go over.

Unless one of them fell on you, God forbid.

Even then you'd need a note from the doctor.

So the sales manager suggested the next Saturday, Aug. 31.

OK, we said, and signed off on the deal.

Then a couple of days ago it dawned on me about the delivery date.

It's the first Saturday of college football season!

Yikes!

Can't mess around with new appliances being installed and old ones getting hauled away while there's a whole day of real football to watch at long last.

We've got more important things to do.

Twenty-eight games!

Gators at noon.

Buckeyes, too.

Big games all the way to midnight.

VaTech-Alabama.

Georgia-Clemson.

TCU-LSU.

We were hoping the appliance delivery guys would arrive around midmorning, take care of business and be on their way.

Maybe they'd be college football fans and want to get home as soon as they can, too.

We jonesed all morning watching ESPN's College GameDay while we waited.

Then at exactly 11:57 a.m., three minutes before kickoff, our doorbell rang. The men and machinery had arrived.

Hallaleujah!

They had everything hooked up and working in no time.

Soon Sherri's new washer and dryer hummed away in the laundry room, mere background noise to the games on our two TVs.

College football season was finally under way in our household.

Mannix About Manatee, by columnist Vin Mannix, is about people and issues in Manatee County. Call Vin at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix.

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