Grody, Nasty, Stinky Work

It’s Monday…not manic…but it’s Monday, and I had planned to do some more writing on the subject of depression. 

However, I am writing this post on my iPhone just to show you what I am up to. 

We have no air conditioning, and we can’t exactly afford to have a professional come out and work on it at this point. We have dealt with the heat for the last month, but now something has to be done, because there’s only so much one can take, especially one’s wife. 

So, after taking some cues from an actual heating & air guy, I found the possible culprit that had led to lots of water on the basement floor – a corroded pump. 

Just to make it clear, I have 40 bankers boxes full of books from my personal library stored down in this basement. Any water that would leak out of this air-conditioning unit would destroy thousands of dollars worth of theological works, some of them irreplaceable. 

So, it is left up to me to clean up this pump and make it work again. As you can see from the pictures, I’ve got my work cut out for me. 

Therefore, if you don’t hear from me for a while, I will truly be depressed! And then I will have a lot more to write about, I suppose. 

On the other hand, you could pray for me so that this will go well! That way I can finish the evening with a smile on my face and less sweat on my forehead. 

…And a happier wife!

UPDATE: 10:00pm and it’s out of my area of expertise. My wife still loves me, and she’s not too upset, just disappointed like I am. Oh well. At least it’s not that hot tonight; actually comfortable. 


Filed under blogging, Depression, Weather, writing

17 responses to “Grody, Nasty, Stinky Work

  1. Hope it is going, or has already gone, well!

    • Stopped for supper. My wife tried a new crockpot recipe, so… and we always watch something, and this time it was NCIS… so, I’ll get back on it in a minute 😉

  2. hope855

    Dear Bro. Anthony,

    I’m very sorry to hear about the possibility of your work being ruined. I pray that it doesn’t happen, and you will get your unit fixed. Being a former p.k., I understand the importance of a pastor’s hard work. When you made the comment about Monday not being manic, I felt sad. Especially since I shared my heart with you. I pray that no one will ever have to go through the pain and rejection that I’ve been through from church leaders. Being bipolar is very hard. But I take Jesus’s words that He has overcome the world. Kay Warren wrote a personal note to me encouraging me to find acceptance and love and hope in the church. She and Rick lost their son Matthew to suicide some years back because of borderline personality disorder. Please be accepting of people with mental disorders. The jokes truly hurt although they may not intend to. I promise you you would never want your child to suffer like that. Thank you for your understanding and God bless you.

    • I’m sorry, I apologize if what I said was offensive. All I was referring to was a song from the 80s by the Bangles which was “Just Another Manic Monday.” That’s where I got the phrase.

      • hope855

        Okay, I see. I just hear comments from Christian radio hosts to authors and pastors making jokes about mental illness. Thank you for your apology and sensitivity! I remember that one time some youth in my former church was playing charades, and they wanted to depict a bipolar schizophrenic going to a dentist. People just don’t realize what mental illness is. My dad was bipolar, but he refused to get help. As a result, his mental health deteriorated to the point that cancer ate him up because he was so bitter. He ruined his marriage and his relationship with us kids. I forgive him, although he’s passed now. I think that because people don’t see mental illness like they can with a person with downs syndrome, they’re afraid of it. Thank you for passing the word along that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. God bless you Bro. Anthony!

    • Seth Thomas (not the clockmaker)

      From one bipolar individual to another, I understand the rejection received from the stigma of the condition. Please read my post on Pastor Baker’s blog on depression and you will see what I am referring to. And that is just one example I give of countless situations.

      Even though I was born in 1983 I listen to a LOT of 80s music. I knew right away the meaning of “manic Monday.” I can see where you may have not understood the humor if you are not accustomed to 80s pop hits.

      Though I have only known Pastor Baker for a VERY short while (and only met once), I knew from our conversation his heart is for people from all backgrounds in life. Please don’t take a very harmless comment and make it into something larger than it is.

      Again, I am bipolar and many times I make jokes to mask the pain I feel. I am sure you know we with (and I hate to use this term) mental disorders, use many coping mechanisms that some would deem inappropriate or definitely out of the box. Every person is different. Every situation is different.

      But from one bipolar person to another, please know I am praying for you as I hope you will pray for me and all with this disorder.

      ***ON A SIDE NOTE***
      Pastor Baker: I am sending word to the men I know to see if someone can help you without costing you an arm and a leg to resolve your situation with the air conditioning.

      • hope855

        Thank you for your encouraging words, Seth. Bro. Anthony told me where he got the phrase from, and now I have a better understanding. He seems to be a genuine person, however, I have had some encounters with spiritual leaders who weren’t. I believe that my calling in life is to help break the social stigma of mental illness, and I would covet your prayers. Thanks for being real with me, and God bless you!

  3. Prayers for this to be a fix that you can do. I pray also for God to provide you the means to afford a repairman if you get in over your head. He is faithful to provide for his son and daughter!

  4. The man is wired (meaning “created”) to “fix” things. Understand the pain and the heat. Once I had to live a week in an Alabama July without a/c. Praying for a “fix” for the a/c. Sounds like you and your wife are going to be OK.

  5. Well that’s one problem we don’t have here in the UK as we have no basement and no air-conditioning. That said, this country has natural air-conditioning and temperatures are still in the 50s! There is a rumour we may hit 60 degrees Fahrenheit this week, but it is only a rumour. Hope your air-conditioning gets sorted out soon.

  6. Well, writing seems to have slipped down the priority list, I guess. Hiya. Keep up the good work

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