Unwritten Rules

Why is it that an appliance will be reliable for years, but as soon as the house goes on the market, it quits?

It seems to be an unwritten rule that if you put your house up for sale, something — mechanical, electrical or plumbing — will give up the ghost. Usually right before or right after a prospective buyer takes a tour.

In the particular case that I’m thinking about, it’s a 30 year old refrigerator. As the owner says, it sure doesn’t owe her anything, but she really hadn’t planned on the expense of replacing it.

We’re thinking it broke because she took all the magnets off.

© 2006 Susan Pruden.

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