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Why I Don't Need A Man...

by sanjanakumar (writer), New York City, July 11, 2008


So today I came home from work and heard my toilet running...clearly not a good sign.

I lift off the lid of the tank to see what exactly is going on in my toilet..because clearly I have graduated from Plumber's School... try flushing the handle a couple of times..nothing happens. Lift up the black round thing because that's usually what stops the water, right? nothing happens. Flush the handle again and notice that this other black rubber thing moves when I push down on the handle. Further investigate the black rubber looks very corroded (if thats possible with rubber??) probably not good... I start playing around with it a little bit and I seem to get the water to stop, but figure I should call my landlord anyways...just in case..uhh some water leaks... considering he lives RIGHT BELOW ME...

Call my landlord and it turns out he is away in Serbia. His wife comes up to inspect the toilet situation. She's not too sure how to fix it either..but she goes back downstairs to call my landlord. She tells me all of his friends are away as well and that my landlord won't be home until Saturday. Uhhh...not quite sure how THAT's going to work..NO toilet for a whole week...yeah not a good plan..
Anyways, she comes back up a few minutes later with a few tools.. tests things out a bit, tighten a screw here, loosen a screw there..nothing! She sees the same black thingie and thinks this might be the cause of the problem. She goes back downstairs to call said landlord. A few minutes later, she arrives with a new black thingie..back to the bathroom we go. She measures the old black thingie with the new black thingie, makes a few cuts to the rubber, sticks it on and VOILA--TOILET is working again. I am totally IMPRESSED!!!
Hey, if my landlord's wife can fix a toilet, you better believe I will be able fix a toilet the next time!

hence this post claiming I don't NEED a man, but WANTING a man is a COMPLETELY different story :-)

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6 comments on Why I Don't Need A Man...

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By Edward on July 11, 2008 at 05:27 pm

Oh man, this is so right on. My wife does the honey-do fixings more than I do.  So I bought her tools for her birthday.  Wrong so wrong as flowers, jewelry, dinner are still it I was told.  I was also told in no uncertain terms giving her tools are ok for those everyday gifts she expects.

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By sanjanakumar on July 11, 2008 at 06:17 pm

I might have to agree with your wife that tools (especially if it was a toilet plunger heheh) for the bday aren't that romantic.  :-)

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By Sharlene Hardin on July 12, 2008 at 11:19 am

It's amazing how a simple act of fixing a toilet can be an inspiration in self reliance, cool article.  I've been a single mom for quite sometime now, so learning to fix the toilet has been absolutely necessary (as is fixing the garbage disposal, hooking up the TV system, and setting the clocks on all the electronics); thereby proving to me that it can be done, while also making it a source of appreciation and respect for the men who have a natural talent gift for such repairs (because just being able to do it myself doesn't make it anymore fun).


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By Lady D on October 18, 2008 at 09:42 am

Ms Fixit and she can cook, what a women.

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By dasilvagm on January 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm

that took a whopping 45 seconds to find

now you don't have to call it a "thingy"

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By BusinessLife on September 25, 2010 at 01:10 pm

Very relatable. And I agree that there is a big difference from needing and wanting. :)

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