Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Words for Wednesday

Thanks to River who is hosting Words for Wednesday for the month of December. Please visit her blog and see what others have done with the words. And maybe try it yourself.

1. miasma*
2. powerhouse*
3. shiver*
4. foolish*
5. plumber*
6. twenties*

and/or:

1. foyer*
2. palms*
3. intricately*
4. monastic*
5. courtyard*
6. sprawled*

The fountain in the hotel courtyard had never been installed properly. The water created a misty miasma which seeped into the foyer. Of course the potted palms thrived in this but the guests had to intricately weave their way through the sprawling damp, shivering and complaining that they had not wanted or needed a monastic stay such as this.

It was foolish, the staff thought, to bring in this young plumber who looked to be barely in his twenties, the latest in a long line of much older plumbers who had tried to fix the problem. He proceeded to drain the fountain and then took it apart as they all stood around him, shaking their heads.

“Look,” he said to the manager holding up the large configuration of a motor. “This is the powerhouse of the fountain, it needs to be programmed properly. I would assume you would like a gentle waterfall with no mist?”

Ten minutes later, the fountain was running again exactly as he had predicted and the courtyard and lobby were beginning to dry off, putting lie to the belief that the young ones don’t know what they’re doing these days.

Staff and guests broke out into spontaneous applause for the young man as he packed up his gear and grinned his goodbye.

18 comments:

  1. Looks like I forgot the word twenties in my story. But I couldn't image a fancy hotel with out a fountain
    Coffee is on

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    1. I'm sipping a great dark roast as I respond.

      thank you.

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  2. Another good story. I like that it is hopeful for the future. I'm older so talk to more oldsters than others and get tired of the attitude that old ways are just better.
    Hope you are feeling better today. Read all the comments from yesterday and was glad to hear that you were getting medical evaluation of sudden increase in pain and fatigue. If it gets worse do not hesitate to seek emergency care.

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    1. Yes, I am mindful of that Candace, thank you. I let Grandgirl into the pic once I picked her up at the airport last night as the deterioration is so obvious.
      I am hoping today is better (bright and sunny)
      My doc can't see me until Jan 3rd but emergency care was foremost in my mind too.

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  3. I hope he charged them extra for their attitudes - and love your take on the prompts.

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  4. Was the plumber called Pete by any chance? It seems to be a name for plumbers. I loved this story!

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    1. Yes of course he was Pete to his pals but Peter to everyone else :)

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  5. I love this. hooray for plumbers who know what they are doing.

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    1. To good plumbers everywhere, we raise our unleaky glasses high!

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  6. Indeed, it's easy to assume the youngsters know nothing, but they can run the spectrum from useless to highly skilled like any other age group.

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    1. Exactly Nick. So many condemn the young without reason or cause.

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  7. That's a cute story. Here's a toast to young people who know how to be plumbers.

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  8. Another clever story, WWW, and with a message! A good plumber, at whatever age, is of way more use to humanity than the average politician or financier! :) Elder son of Himself is a heat & air expert, but is also a qualified plumber. He has saved our asses from disaster on many an occasion. :)

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    1. Oh lucky you, that's a real bonus in any family!

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