Monday, July 18, 2005
The Saga of the Kitchen
(this is the third time I've tried to write this, so I hope it works this time)
When we first looked through the house, we found a kitchen of horrors. I'm sure I've seen worse, but that would have to be an ASP story. Not only was the decor horrible (that we could have dealt with; a little paint goes a long way), but the appliances were horribly outdated -- after our brand new kitchen in Gahanna, that was a shock. The layout was terrible, as well, and there was precious little storage space or counter space. The first thing we asked for was for the stove to be gone. When we returned for a visit, the kitchen was untouched...
When we moved in, however, the kitchen was gone. Not simply the stove (which was gone, too), but the entire kitchen. The room was still there, sure, but, aside from the fridge, everything was gone. Sink: gone. Counters: gone. Dishwasher, mircowave, cabinets: gone. Some notation was left on the walls, like where the microwave will go, but other than the fridge, it was a completely empty room. We were told that the guy would be in on July 7 or 8 to install the custom (Amish) made cabinets.
We went on vacation after the 4th and returned Friday night. I crept up the back steps and held my breath as I flung open the door to find...
They hadn't been in. Nobody had touched the kitchen at all. I was told that the guy got swamped with work and didn't finish them, but that they would be installed on the following Thursday (the 14th). On Thursday morning, I was awakened by the phone ringing (yes, the rotary phone). The news was that the guy had forgotten to order the formica for the countertops. So maybe that will come in on Monday (today). So maybe tomorrow he will be in. He will work for at least one day (perhaps 1 1/2 or 2). Then I have to call someone who will call to get the appliances installed.
Meaning, if everything works quickly, we might have a kitchen by next week. Key word: might.