It’s Just A Stinkin’ Washing Machine

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It’s Just A Stinkin’ Washing Machine

By: Phil Holleman


The washing machine almost got the best of me. What’s that?

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The washing machine.

I was doing my usual Sunday laundry and got through the first two loads, the important ones, just fine. Then, I decided I would wash the bathroom rugs. When I started the washing machine, I noticed something different. Usually, the water fills the drum, then the agitator takes off.

This time, the agitator started agitating as the water was filling the drum. Hmm! Different, but I’ll let it go.

When the cycle was done, I went to get the rugs out and there was water in the drum. That’s definitely not right. So, I did one more load and the same thing happened.

Well, the old Phil emerged. The washer’s not even a year old. How the Hell did this happen? Where’s the receipt for the washer? When can someone get here?

I went in search of the receipt after I went on the Internet to see about making an appointment. I looked in the file box where the receipt was supposed to be. Wasn’t there. I started getting upset. Didn’t I put the receipt in that file box when I moved?

I looked in the boxes in the closet. I hadn’t unpacked them. No receipt. I’m getting pissed. I looked in the kitchen cabinet. Not there. It wasn’t in the laundry. No receipt. I’m getting more pissed. How can I be so stupid. I need that receipt.

I went back to the file box one more time. I looked in the “L” for Lowe’s section, and there was the flipping receipt. Right where it’s supposed to be. I’m telling you, it’s magic.

I get back on the Internet and go to Whirlpool‘s web site and start scheduling the appointment. The first available was Saturday, August 13th. I have to work Saturday. Next available day, Monday the 15th. I probably will have to work that day too. So, it looks like Tuesday the 16th before I can get the washer repaired.

Why does everything happen to me, I thought. I mean, nobody ever has an appliance go haywire under warranty. Nobody ever has conflicts in scheduling.

Phil, it’s a washing machine. It’s not the end of the world. For a while it sure seemed like it. My routine was disturbed. I can’t have that, can I? Sure I can. It’s just a stupid washing machine.

I still have some work to do. The anxiety and frustration subsided. The other wash cycle seems to work OK.

I forgot there are inconveniences in life. Some things are more inconvenient. I forgot my own lesson. Accept the situation for what it is, take action, and move on.


Yours in good health,

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Phil Holleman spent over 11 years struggling with major depression. He became an “expert” at being depressed! After realizing he had the knowledge and strength to rise above the illness and stigma associated with it, he created to help others who are recovering or desperately want to recover. He hopes you will join him on the journey and use your inner strength to be freed from the bondage of depression.

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Tami Gomez August 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

Hahahaha…I LOVE IT! Great article (and lesson) my friend. Keep sharing those true life stories! :D


Olga Hermans August 9, 2011 at 12:08 am

Yes, Phil thanks for being so open. I hope that this will help many readers.


Jandi Theis August 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

The lesson at the end is a reminder I need sometimes… accept the situation for what it is, take action, and move on. Thank you!


Vicky August 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

And there it is- growth! Good for you!
Thanks for your honesty. :)


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