Thursday, December 20, 2012

Go fish

Water, water everywhere



I am starting to believe that Murphy must be a distant relative of mine. You know Murphy, the guy from Murphy’s Law, which states that if anything can go wrong it will.  I won’t attempt to research the actual Murphy associated with this law because there are many opinions and many stories.  Let’s just say that whoever he is, he must be a relative of mine.

After spending three days visiting relatives in Florida with the usual minor irritations like late flights and Floridian flu, we started our return trip simply enough, although arriving back during Washington D.C. rush hour was a poorly planned decision.  2 ½” hours later, we walked in the door ready to hit the hay.  The only problem was that the hay in this case, was in a sense, under water. 

Our 55-gallon fish tank had, while we were traveling, sprung a pretty good leak.  Ever had your feet squish as you walk? (50 or so gallons of water will do that) Ever had to rush around trying to find someone with a spare fish tank to save the underwater creatures that were soon to become land animals?  Ever had it rain in your basement, when it’s not raining outside?

After several hours, wet vacs and fish transfers, we survived, albeit a little worse for wear.  The fish swam in an interim habitat.  We slept. 

The next day, I purchased my husband’s 2012 Christmas present…a new fish tank and stand. (The old stand and tank now reside at the county dump)

Just like the Aesop’s fables there is a moral to this story. 

Never, ever put your faith in a 25 year old fish tank filled with 55 gallons of water because…

You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.
~ W. C. Fields

8 comments:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Oh how horrible! I'm glad the underwater occupants survived this trauma!

craftattack said...

Well, at least the fish survived! Hope the new tank will last a long time! Valerie

Christine said...

wow, glad the fish survived, horrors all around! It's not something you think about happening while you are away.

Wanda said...

Once again, Crystal...your desaster, has become my enjoyment for the day. Sorry, but you tell a story so dang well, I just relive it with you..squish, squish..

Happy Christmas, and how nice that you knew exactly what to get hubby for Christmas... Tee Hee.

maddyrose said...

What a welcome home. I'm sure it wasn't what you'd expected to find at the end of your trip. Good thing you arrived in time to save the little fishies. It's always nice to be able to find just the right gift to give that special someone. :0)

Magic Love Crow said...

I am so sorry Crystal!!! I'm happy all your little creatures survived ;o) Big Hugs and I hope Santa is good to you ;o) Merry Christmas ;o)

Judy Adamson said...

What a nightmare, Crystal - but I love your sense of humour about the stick in water :D

Leovi said...

Beautiful composition. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of joy with your loved ones. Leovi.

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