October 10, 2011
He said sorry but I loved it - a vintage faucet story
For awhile our shower faucets knobs had been leaking.
Finally we had enough of it and asked our super to take a look and see if he could fix it. The super is a sweetheart but he almost only speaks Spanish and i don't get much further than Cómo estás? Him and me talking is mostly a lot of laughing and hand gestures. Pointing to the leaking faucets knobs he said "yes, yes" he could fix it. He would replace them. I let him do his job and after a little while he called me to show his work. He had some sort of embarrassed grin on his face while saying "Fixed!" And making a semi proud tada!-gesture. I looked at the shower. No more leaks and gorgeous old porcelain faucets handles!
He said "Sorry... old faucets", but I loved them. I think he didn't understand, had a confused look and kept saying "sorry, old, old". I kept saying "its ok, bueno, bueno".
He left and I was a happy puppy.
Until the next day. Now it was the shower that was leaking. Time to call in the plumber.
He came in, took one look, and straight away wanted to break open the entire wall to replace those old faucet handles. Oh no! "I would like to keep those. I like them." The plumber looked even more confused them the super did. Wasn't my 40's hairdo styled in victory rolls sign enough to know I like things from the past? I didn't want an entire bathroom redo, and definitely didn't want to loose my beloved new old faucets! Eventually he fixed it by just putting new rubbers in. I saved our landlord a big plumber bill and my faucet handles are still in. Love! Ready to take a bath tonight. Oh yeah 3 cold 1 hot. I don't care. Adds to their character! I know there must be people out there who understand. Vintage porcelain shower faucet knobs are much better than new and chrome.