This week’s words:
Apple Frigid Pane Gall and Wormwood (Extremely disagreeable and annoying.) Dive Cinch Halfway Grime Wind Vintage Palinoia ((n) Compulsive repetition of an act until it is performed perfectly.) Pause
Karthups the Plumber* suffered badly with palinoia. Such was his problem that he might spend hours changing a single tap washer. It had to be right and what others would probably see as a cinch in any other way was for Karthups a matter of life and death.
For Karthups it wasn’t ever a matter of diving into any job. He assessed it, evaluated it, made a sketch plan of how to attack it and halfway through the job would go back and reassess how it was all going.
Some non-understanding clients saw it all as a lot of gall and wormwood that their job would take so long to complete. Karthups had a habit of pausing when he spoke to you causing you to suffer the anxiety of not being sure if he would get back to you or not.
One time he was commissioned to do a big plumbing job on an old vintage house with vintage plumbing and every piece in urgent need of updating. There was a lot of grime to contend with, and Karthups knew that when there was grime his palinoia oozed to the surface and his preparation time doubled. Everything from the fittings in the bathroom, for example, to the pane of bathroom window glass was scrubbed clean before any work could begin.
In the winter it was often a job to relieve the frigid pipes of the stresses of a very cold winter when he would have to go outside and more often than not suffer the harsh winter winds to find the space through which he would crawl in and under the house.
But despite his all-out palinoia about every job, there was nothing palinoic about his eating of his apple for his lunch each day. Yes, he did have a set way of eating one, but always it was done with a precision that to others looked like the only thing Karthups found to be a cinch in life.
Karthups the Plumber first appears here: *https://summerstommy.com/2017/02/18/saturday-mix-lorraine-18-02-17/