After being married to a person for about 40 years, you would think you knew that person, right? You'd be able to anticipate how they do things so that you can then adjust your own strategies and requests. But this move to south Carolina from Texas has been a reminder for me.
2. Engineers are very concrete.
3. Engineers can be so focused on the problem at hand they do not anticipate problems in the future.
4. My engineer is disorganized--and that's me being nice.
I did write down several important things before I left for South Carolina. (I left ahead of above-mentioned engineer.) Example:
1. Make sure the television and the computer are unloaded AT THE RENT HOUSE in SC.
2. Forward the mail.
3. Turn off the utilities.
To his credit, the utilities did get turned off. The mail item? Not done. I ended up doing it online. As for the TV and computer? A bit of a problem. I failed to remember #2 in my first list--engineers are very concrete and #3--that pesky lack of anticipation of future problems. This is how I found myself becoming Spiderwoman.
After another 30 minutes of struggling, hanging on all the while to those precious cords, I managed to climb to the top of the boxes again. And then dropped the lock to the storage unit onto the floor far below me. I couldn't go back down there. I COULDN'T! So, I made sure my car keys were secure and made my way out of there, leaving the lock behind. They never show Spiderman with bruises, but this Spiderwoman was covered in them--arms, legs, back, you name it, I was black and blue. I got back to the rent house and thank goodness engineer had an extra lock. He went back to the storage unit and while he was gone, I discovered, yes, we had a computer. But no screen. No keyboard. No mouse. All I asked for was that the COMPUTER to be unloaded, right? I was back at item #2--concrete.
I found the rest of the pieces of the computer eventually--all in different places. Remember #4? My engineer is disorganized--something he will never be cured of, I am certain. As for me, I hope writing this all down will help me remember the next time we move to be very specific in my requests.
What about you? Do you know an engineer like this? :-)