Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

On Dad's Watch“It will look nice!…just like a ledge running along the side of the wall,” I pleaded.

“It will look STUPID!!!”

“How about if we run it along the bottom of the wall where no one will see it?”

“It will look even more STUPID!!!”

“What if we build out the ledge so it goes up to the ceiling?”


Such was the conversation between LisaBelle and me on how to hide a drain pipe from our roof top deck, destined carry rain water through our son’s bedroom on its way to the street.

For me, it was a cost issue. If the guy had said, “It’s gonna have to run fully exposed right across the middle of the room, I’d have said, “Cool! We can swing on it!”

To my chagrin, the wife wasn’t budging. The pipe HAD to go through the floor. One would think she was preserving the architectural integrity of The Louvre. Had I been on the ball, I’d have enlisted our grungy teenage son, who would have welcomed a pipe on which to hang his smelly socks.

Anyway, while I paced the premises lamenting over the cost overruns, my ladder enabled better half poked her head through an exposed ceiling cutout and redesigned a solution that turned out to be easier to install, less expensive and saved our house from looking like a fossil fuel refinery. Our contractor was impressed, affirming my intention to BASH him on Yelp for not backing up a bro in a battle of the sexes.

I had to admit, not only can we now hang the Mona Lisa in our son’s room, but the the original approach was STUPID!

Such is life for the intellectually outmatched. Later dudes!

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at www.kids4biz.com.

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