And you thought the only strange thing in my dryer was the sock monster. Now we have penguins. Emperor penguins, to be exact.
At least that's what it sounds like.
If you're not sure what emperor penguins sound like, have a listen here. Yes, that's right, our dryer has been making a strange noise since before Christmas that sounds suspiciously like there's a bunch of emperor penguins hiding inside it. And much as I love penguins, I don't want them pooping all over my nice clean clothes.
So, we called Mr. Dryer-Fixit Man.
He came over armed with a new fan. I think I should have been suspicious, because it's pretty surprising that he knew what was wrong without asking first. Maybe he has some sort of telepathic connection with dryers and they tell him just what he should bring.
Or it could be that he just decided that he was going to change my fan...no matter what.
So he gets here and asks, "Well, what's wrong with it?" To which I felt like saying, "If I knew that, my husband would have fixed it by now and you wouldn't be here, now would you?" But I didn't and I kept it at, "Well, it's making a funny noise." I considered telling him that it sounded like penguins, but then I thought the better of it.
So he says, "Oh, that's gotta be the fan." (Of course it is. That's the only replacement part you're carrying) And he proceeds to open the thing up, rip out the old one, and pop in the new one. He turns it on before putting the cover back on. No penguins. He replaces the cover. Done. That'll be 18.75 euros for the fan, 22 for coming over, and 21 for labor.....plus tax. Hmm, let's see. That's 73 euros for a little plastic fan and less than half an hour of work.
So, yesterday I put in a load of laundry, happy to be rid of the penguins. I turn it on. I hear....
Okay, so at least now there's only one penguin, not a whole rookery. Wonderful. 73 eurobucks, and I still have a penguin. But at least a single penguin can't reproduce, right?
So, now I'm debating on whether or not to call Mr. Dryer-Fixit Man over here again. The repair has a six month warranty, but I'm afraid that he's still going to charge me another 22 euros just to come out here. And then he'll probably show up with another part...
I can just hear him now. "Oh, if it wasn't the fan, then it must be the belt." Bang. Another easy 73 euros.
Somehow I think that if my husband had been home the first time, the penguins would all be gone by now.