This is Bossy’s view from her living room windows as various trucks dig and scoop and press and mostly idle in front of Bossy’s house spewing diesel waste on Bossy’s lifeless Impatiens.
Who knew replacing a water main would take as much manpower and ingenuity as constructing the Maya civilization?
Just like who knew that the warning beep of several trucks backing up simultaneously would produce the intro to Creep.
Because Bossy currently can’t hear the poof of her own dying brain cells as they expire from stress, Bossy decided to hold off on the contest she planned for today.
The good news: Bossy will be holding a contest this weekend! A contest with a prize! Because a contest without a prize? That’s so Bossy 2007.watermain
vuboq saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:43 am
vuboq predicts that bossy’s contest will have many, many more entrants than his current contest.
vuboq also hopes that (a) the prize is 1 MEEEELLLION DOLLARS and (b) that he wins 🙂
Heather saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:49 am
Posting on weekends so I don’t have to! Thank GAWD because I am swamped!
And um so jealous that your door and windows are OPEN! We can’t open the oven door just yet…
RuthWells saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:52 am
Our landlord is trying to squeeze a few more rentable square feet from the property by jackhammering out the back of the building — right below my office. For the Last. Month. I am not amused.
RuthWells saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:53 am
Work landlord, I should clarify.
Debby saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:55 am
Woo Hoo! A contest, on the weekend. I will be here first thing Sat. Well, after I wake up from the all-night Olympic marathon I plan for tonight!
Claire in CA, USA saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:58 am
A contest, a contest!!! YAY!! Of course, I freakin’ always lose, so what am I so excited about?
So sorry about the stinkin’ trucks. Me thinks you should adjourn to Starbucks or some other place of delectable libations.
Tootsie Farklepants saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:59 am
And here I was all bent out of shape because our neighbors were still cutting ceramic tiles for their bathroom remodel at 9:45pm last night. At least it wasn’t jackhammers.
Undomestic Diva saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:10 pm
When my oldest was just turning 3, we were (just by chance) having our old driveway dug up and a new one poured on what happened to be his birthday. When he woke up that morning & looked out his window to see the tractor working, he was so excited that we had bought him a tractor! for his birthday! Talk about being disappointed later on…
corrie saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:21 pm
I hate noise! Small repitive crinkly noises, large overpowering noises and beeps!!! This is just the beginning of my list too!
So, I want Bossy to know how terrible I believe it must be for you! And the loss of peace to think…nothing worse! And the loss of the view! Aggravation to the extreme I am sure.
Boo Hoo for you Bossy! 🙁
Lisa saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm
A contest? interesting!!!
Union workers? well..its a deep subject.
Foolery saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm
Are there no bugs in Pennsylvania? If I open my door like that I have an instant infestation the likes of which would scare an entomologist.
Grandma J saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm
The next thing you know, the City will expect Bossy to feed those guys.
Maybe Bossy should close the windows and door because If I opened mine here in Texas I would melt into a puddle of pure unsaturated,polyurethane, polyester sludge.
CarolynOnline saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm
Oh my… Are they replumbing the entire city via your front yard?
Judy saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:51 pm
The city has been tearing up our street for God-knows-what-reason for the past week. The beeping begins each morning at 6:30 a.m. and continues until 6:00 p.m. From the sounds of the nonstop beeping, the truck only backs up, never moves forward. Serious self-control has prevented me from throwing rocks at the portion of the truck from where it appears the beeping is eminating. I’m all about modern conveniences, but the upkeep of this one is wearing on my last nerve.
Best of luck for a job quickly finished or for technology which eliminates the beeping.
Steph saysAugust 15, 2008 at 12:57 pm
…and Bossy 2007 is so, well, burgeois.
I don’t think I even spelled that right.
natalie saysAugust 15, 2008 at 1:56 pm
we passed a jackhammer while driving to our fabulous camping trip this past week. i commented to my husband that it was quite possibly the loudest piece of equipment i have ever heard. i hope the guy wearing it was wearing some heavy duty earplugs. i can’t even imagine having to listen to that noise for any amount of time.
and speaking of camping i am having a crappy contest over at my blog. literally…crap. come see!
Jacquie saysAugust 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm
OH, I hope the prize is a purple Saturn!
Heather saysAugust 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm
Didn’t Bossy read the new Better Homes and Gardens. The yellow construction look is all the rage.
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysAugust 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Bossy: There will be a prize!
Blog This Mom!: What guys?
shonda saysAugust 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm
Water line break…..ugh!
Helen G. saysAugust 15, 2008 at 3:21 pm
It’s a shame that they couldn’t get that done while you were on your camping trip, but then I would imagine leaving Stella home for a couple of years wouldn’t have been a good thing…
dgm saysAugust 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm
It sounds like you are losing your impatiens with those guys.
meleah rebeccah saysAugust 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm
wait? They are STILL working on the water main? Geez. That is taking Foreva.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysAugust 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm
Air conditioning + Wine = a prolonged life for Bossy’s brain cells.
Julianne saysAugust 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm
So sorry for the jackhammers. Here, take a look at this link. The Washington Post gave your friend, G. Love, a great review. No surprise. Bossy knows her music.
Julianne saysAugust 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm
can’t wait to see the contest!
And Olympics updates?!?!
And thanks for the trip down memory lane with the TLC video. Sounds like you’re living the dream out there. 🙂
penny saysAugust 15, 2008 at 4:39 pm
I think they are replacing every single water line in a 50 mile radius of me. Except the ones on our street, which has nothing to do with the fact that THESE need to be replaced.
The Glamorous WAHM saysAugust 15, 2008 at 4:41 pm
Wow, this water thing has been going on for awhile hasn’t it?
Bossy's reader Shania saysAugust 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm
Tip for Bossy: They leave the keys in those machines at night. If not, email me and I’ll send you some (they’re all the same). You can drive the machine several blocks away and have some peace until they find it, or I can tell you how to disable the back up alarm. What’s a little vandalism in exchange for some quiet?
Hillary - The Queen I Am Not saysAugust 15, 2008 at 5:39 pm
Oh! Jackhammers! Those would go nicely with the monstrous rock crusher in my backyard.
Adorable Girlfriend saysAugust 15, 2008 at 6:32 pm
I want to win a prize!!!!!
Bush Babe saysAugust 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm
Go for a drive Bossy. Works for Bush Babe. Of course, there are no jackhammers where BB lives. Only kids. Same thing.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysAugust 15, 2008 at 8:25 pm
I feel for Bossy. I think (from personal experience) that having industrial drying fans in your house after a flood should be a legitimate defense for homicide.
Bush Babe saysAugust 15, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Bossy needs to go for a drive… that’s what this little black duck does when it gets too loud. Cept I dont have jackhammers. I have kids. Same diff. So go to starbucks and tap some genius post out on the laptop (and whip up a Harry Potter book while you’re at it!). Oh, that’s just my dream??
And as for the Olympics: Go Aussies!!
manager mom saysAugust 15, 2008 at 9:19 pm
Dear Bossy: I need to be winnin’ me a little somethin’ somethin’.
I’ll be back.
Her Bad Mother saysAugust 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm
Ooh! I can has prizes?
MamaMo saysAugust 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm
Oh… I thought you meant this Creep:
but then, I guess, Bossy would have said the “chorus” and not the “intro” – grating nonetheless.
Jozet at Halushki saysAugust 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm
Did they turn off all your water for the day like they did when our water main broke?
We played Little House On The Prairie all day until the part where Pa comes home smelling like deer entrails.
caren k. saysAugust 16, 2008 at 12:04 am
The backup beeps remind me of the song “Tainted Love” – you should listen to those beeps! Relax while listening with a stiff margarita!!!!
JCK saysAugust 16, 2008 at 1:48 am
Methinks Bossy needs much JackO’Clock.
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy saysAugust 16, 2008 at 4:28 am
On the TLC Tip yo. File a noise complaint with the city.
Nance saysAugust 16, 2008 at 9:58 am
I went through this exact experience last summer. By the end of August, I was a screechy mess. (Did I mention I work until 1 a.m., and the machines started at the stroke of 7, except when they started at 6:45? That’s a.m.?
At the September block party, there was talk of having our street resurfaced this year. The very thought of it made me glug another glass of wine. Fortunately, Michigan is in a recession and our city government is a joke — otherwise it might have happened.
My favorite trick was when they started up all the equipment at 7, did 10 minutes of work, and then went out for coffee or something, only to start back up during afternoon nap time. It’s just lucky for them I don’t own a sniper rifle.
Denise saysAugust 16, 2008 at 11:21 am
Silly Bossy. It once took seven (count ’em) public works workers all day to dig a 6 x 6 x 6 hole to fix a broken water line next door. With a backhoe. Of course, an hour of that day was lost to arguing about who took a longer lunch break.
Dorothy Stahlnecker saysAugust 18, 2008 at 12:17 am
The more I read the more I laugh…where do you get your thoughts from? Do you sleep or rest? Or does you mind work all the time…you are one of the greatest bloggers I’ve read in the last year..and dam I’ve read a lot of blogs….
Wishing you continued success…
Dorothy from grammology
Jami saysAugust 18, 2008 at 11:24 am
Don’t plants actually NEED carbon dioxide? Maybe Bossy’s impatiens are actually being helped by the diesel exhaust … and they just LOOK dead.
Lotta saysAugust 20, 2008 at 12:55 am
Are there no attractive construction workers to distract Bossy from her pierced ear drums?