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Subtle brilliance sometimes saves day

“In order to share one’s true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.” Criss Jami.

S O M E T I M E S  A  G R E A T  N O T I O N 

When I moved into my current suite 66 months ago I noticed that the above stove had seen better days. I think Betty Crocker was a youngster and playing with her Easy Bake toy oven when this antique Frigidaire relic was manufactured.

I noticed a few unusual things about my life-size uneasy bake monstrosity. The oven door did not fit properly thanks to a former tenant, the rubber lining around the door was torn away and the most peculiar feature of all: there was no light inside the oven to allow users to see what they were baking.

The maintenance man at that time had a brilliant idea. He borrowed a smaller oven door from a vacant suite and affixed it badly to the unit. Well any port in a storm I thought. I was persuaded by his pseudo but on the spot professionalism.

I asked him about getting an oven with a light inside it. He suggested I hang a flash light on the oven door handle and shine it inside whenever I use the dated unit.

That in his opinion was another proof of genius.

Last Thanksgiving when I tried to cook a turkey and it exploded in the pan I knew it was time to request a newer, user-friendly model.

I continued to use the oven in its diminished capacity state until last month when I tried baking cookies and the unevenly heating oven destroyed the baking sheet  and burnt the cookies on the outside rows.

That being said I requested a new oven and a few days later Julius, our current maintenance supervisor, surveilled the stove; commented that it had no inner light; and noted that the door did not fit properly allowing the heat to escape.

I also presented the ruined cookie sheets and the dark stains on the sheets where the cookies had burnt to a bloody crisp. I called it my forensic evidence. A bit of brilliance on my part I thought.

A few days later I received an email from the rental office notifying me that I was in line for a new stove ( not a replacement) and told there would be a waiting period.

My  ace in the hole here rested in the fact that I did not visit the rental office to say hello to the new office manager for the past month. She thought I was on vacation or ill.

I told her in a mater of fact manner that I did not have any reason to either call or visit her. I had my wrists slapped by a management team that told me forthrightly to “mind my own business” which I had been doing.

That strategy worked and happily I will be getting a brand new and not previously owned stove somewhat soon.

George Strait was correct. “You  got to have an ace in the hole.”  — gc



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“Democracy is not simply a license to indulge individual whims and proclivities. It is also holding oneself accountable to some reasonable degree for the conditions of peace and chaos that impact the lives of those who inhabit one’s beloved extended community.” ― Aberjhani

7 Comments on Subtle brilliance sometimes saves day

  1. No more burnt cookies! You waited a good long while, Gerry. So glad you will have a new stove soon.


  2. Love the song! Good luck with the stove. I could tell you a story about that, but I’ll keep it as an ace in the hole when I don’t have any blog ideas!😂


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