A matter of perspective

I told you a couple of weeks ago how I met up with my friend Sandy and one of his bipeds and we walked home together. Some of you laughed at the idea that the bipeds were chatting about nothing of any importance, so I’ve decided to let you make up your own minds about it. They were talking about a dishwasher!

Open dishwasher

Open dishwasher
Attribution: BrokenSphere [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I’ll tell you the tale of the dishwasher from the beginning. Sandy and his bipeds had moved to our village a few months before. The kitchen in their bungalow was nicely fitted out, but there was no dishwasher. Sandy’s female biped (SFB) was very keen to get one, but Sandy’s male biped (SMB) said that it would be too much work to fit one because of the layout of the kitchen. SMB said that it wasn’t possible to get the plumbing to a dishwasher in any of the places SFB suggested because of doorways and the solid floor. SFB was very disappointed but gave up on the idea of a dishwasher.

Sandy, like any responsible dog, offered to lick all the plates clean, but his bipeds have the same strange ideas about that as mine do!

Then SFB had a problem with a toe. She had injured it some time ago and once or twice a year it troubles her and she has to keep her weight off it for a couple of weeks for it to recover. This meant that SMB was doing the cooking and the washing up. On the second day, while doing the washing up after their evening meal, he had a brainwave. He could see a way to fit a dishwasher!

Dishwasher advertisement from 1896

By McClure’s Magazine [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

He told SFB the good news. She asked how that was possible and he explained his plan. They could get a dishwasher and put it in place of the washing machine. SFB said that although she was keen to get a dishwasher she couldn’t give up the washing machine. SMB said he’d anticipated that and this was the cunning part of his plan.

He would remove the fitted cupboard in the bathroom, make a few other changes and put the washing machine in there. She could have a tumble dryer on top of the washing machine if she wanted and he would build a new cupboard to contain them. SFB said it sounded great but was concerned about how much work it was for him. He said it was no trouble at all – it would only take him a few days to get everything done. I think you’ll get an idea how enthusiastic he was when I tell you that he managed to get a dishwasher delivered and fitted the very next day!

Our walk was a few weeks after this when SFB’s toe was recovering again. She was telling my biped that the work on the bathroom was almost complete and she could use the washing machine again. The bipeds laughed together and made jokes about how it only took two days of washing up to focus SMB’s mind and how rapidly “impossible” could become “no trouble at all”.

See you next Wednesday!