Monday, 22 April 2013

Hilarious Error of Judgement

Pics of men stuck in doorways were not very flattering

We worked on my side of the built-in cupboards in the 'dressing-room' this week-end. Things went swimmingly according to hubby's measurements - as far as the units were concerned.  When we carried in the last section, however, we found that hubby could no longer get through the doorway, short of turning sideways and shuffling crab-like through the abbreviated aperture.  He had not thought to measure himself. So back to the cutting room floor, where my side had to be shortened by about 20 cms. As I was a bit put out at my loss of hanging space, hubby generously offered to give me occupation of some of his drawers.  I bargained for the lower ones, so that I wouldn't have to fetch a ladder so often and all was amicably resolved.  I thought it was all hilarious but hubby didn't see the funny side, especially as he had earlier boasted of his accurate measuring and ordering of materials - even to the point that he had exactly the right number of screws and brackets.  Pride goes before a fall.


  1. All was going well until your husband expressed hubris. Then the hubris gods had to bite him in the belly.

    He shouldn't feel too bad, the obvious things are often forgotten in engineering projects. My first question on a new design of product or fixturing was how do I pick it up. It would garner me smirks from very intelligent design engineers until they realized that yep we forgot the lifting holes or lugs--kind of important on things that are weighed in tons. Usually the smirks were justified, but on the not so rare occasions where they had forgot, the smirk would turn into a not so delicious meal of crow.

    The trouble with the obvious things is that they really are not obvious until you try to utilize it. Hubby probably got lost in all the wonderful things that you two could do in the closet, hang clothes, set up shoes, fold underwear, or anything else that a scantily clad couple could do in a large walk in closet but forgot that he must fit into it first.

    1. Gee, even engineers.... 'Scantily clad?' How well you know us. I have to confide that when my husband was an aircraft technician (in the days when the training was 5 years and gave a thorough grounding in all the trades), the tecchies used to dread the newly qualified 'engineers' ex university trying to tell them how to do things. Usually, their skills were academic not practical.