Friday, November 16, 2007

Murphy's Haiku

Two months of savings
set aside, first payment on
the big student loan.

What do you mean your
car repair cost thirty-five
hundred dollars? Crap.

That's okay. We've got
a cheque coming in this month...
is it cold in here?

Yes. Apparently
our furnace isn't working.
Crap crap crap crap crap.

Haiku Friday

Update:

Bill from furnace guys:
Ninety dollars and ten cents.
Problem: switch turned off.

49 comments:

slouching mom said...

Only in the very finest haiku do the last lines consist entirely of crap's.

Be proud.

(And I hope your furnace situation is resolved quickly! It's snowing here today, for the first time. And bitterly cold.)

Secret Agent Mama said...

These things always happen around the holidays, too.

Blog Antagonist said...

Oh yes, I can certainly appreciate all of Mr. Murphy's work. He's quite prolific, isn't he?

Head Gaggler said...

Murphy can be not nice! Sorry but great Ku.

Kathryn said...

It seems like money problems are on every one's mind right now. Stinking money. And stinking student loans. My hubby's student loans are more than our mortgage. Blah.
Love the haiku.

kara said...

((hugs))

Veronica Mitchell said...

We have sooooo been there.

Jenifer said...

What makes it all extra special is that Christmas is just around the corner so more budget dancing is ahead for us all.

Waiting Amy said...

Ugh. But when we replaced our furnace, we got more energy efficiency and lower bills. Trying to find the silver lining.

hang in there. and great haiku.

Emily R said...

I'm not laughing at you, I promise. Just laughing with your haiku.

Seriously, that's a lot of crap.

DaniGirl said...

Sigh. I am well acquainted with the Crap of Murphy... but never quite so eloquently.

Heather said...

Wait a minute - have you been channeling me? Sounds eerily similar. I also have the good old Uncle Sam end of the year donation for personal property. Thank goodness for credit cards.

Chaotic Joy said...

Crap Crap Crap Crap Crap.

One of the finest Haiku lines ever!

So sorry it was called for.

Janet said...

Generally, I find that "crap" is underused in poetry.

Good work, B&P. And sorry about the furnace. Why does that always happen before the first snowfall?

Patois said...

A Bub and Pie original as only she can do. Sorry to find joy in a ku series lamenting your misfortune. It's the series I like, not the misfortune.

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, no. Crap, indeed.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I'm proud. Sometimes you just need to replace shit for crap. I'm sorry that Murphy has paid you a visit. He is not welcome, is he?

painted maypole said...

oh wow. i could have written that haiku, only with slightly different problems:

computer on fire
Crap! how will we pay for this?
tires on car are bald

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Super awsome Haiku!

Isn't it just fabulous that when you've worked so hard and been so good, life still finds a way to kick you in the pants? Murphy and I are old aquintances.

Good luck getting everything taken care of!

Aliki2006 said...

Oh that Murphy--I do despise him.

Pieces said...

I love the poetic use of the word crap.

And I'm sorry.

Kelly said...

That always friggin' happens. Whenever my husband gets a work bonus at Christmas, you can be damn sure some car repair or house repair needs to be fixed ASAP. Gah! I feel your frustration!

kgirl said...

oh murphy. glad the furnace wasn't such a big deal, though i have always found that 'lessons' are expensive.

Maddy said...

Haiku's fascinate me but are much too difficult for my tiny brain. Hope you don't freeze today!
Cheers

Kyla said...

Oh no. $90.10 to flip a switch. Sigh.

I do appreciate the line of crap in this Haiku. A fine touch if I may say so.

Christina said...

This one really speaks to me, only because we're finding ourselves in a similar situation. Seems like any time we try to get ahead, something else comes along to set us back.

Glad the furnace wasn't an expensive fix, at least!

DaniGirl said...

Ah, I genuinely laughed out loud at the switch update. It's that little switch on the wall that looks like a lightswitch, right? And in our case, not even in the same ROOM as the furnace. Really, that thing should have a neon sign on it - DO NOT TOUCH THIS SWITCH! I'm sure the furnace guys probably make more than half their profits from that switch. (We got a freebie when we called to make an appointment and the first thing the guy said was, 'Did you check the switch?")

cinnamon gurl said...

I feel your pain on the furnace. A couple of years ago our furnace stopped working and we called the service people and when he got here, he discovered that the filter was so full no air could get through. Um, shouldn't someone tell new homeowners to change the furnace filter? How were we supposed to know?!?

Mouse said...

Glad the furnace issue was easy to fix and that it only (!) cost $90. Figures everything would happen all at once like that.

Mad Hatter said...

There's a phenomenon called Haiku Friday? Really? How about Sonnet Saturday or Verse Novel Tuesday or Mock epic Monday? I foresee a little zeugma in your future.

Last month we paid a lot to a plumber who said, "yep, that's the sewer that's backed up into your basement." He then left us with the bill and all the original mess.

Magpie said...

Crap. At least the update was good, though you might feel a little sheepish, like my mother did the other day when she called to tell me her computer wasn't working and I asked her if it was turned on...

Anonymous said...

From Marian, whom Blogger sign in sometimes hates:

Bravo! Classic. Sorry for your trouble, but thanks for the laugh.

Here's mine from just yesterday, picking up from the stressful morning of homeschooling:

Van just up and died
Inlaw's car to the rescue
Can we fit four kids?

Got keys, out we go
Rats, this ring has no house key
Locked out with four kids

Let's call dear hubby
Hmm cell phone is dead, now what
I'll just charge it up

With the phone charger
Lying locked in dang dead van
Let's just head to class

So do four kids fit?
Twelve minutes later, they do
Late to class again

Find courtesy phone
Husband does not answer call
Crap crap crap crap crap

Four year old throws fit
Punches kind adult no less...


I could continue on for quite some time desribing yesterday. This is very therapeutic.

bubandpie said...

Dani - Yup - just like a light switch. Ours is mounted on the wall right next to the stairs, within easy reach of little fingers. We just moved a lot of the toys downstairs (into what used to be the office and we're now referring to as "the new playroom!"), so the increased trips up and down the stairs obviously presented an irresistible temptation.

Mad - You totally need to start up a Verse Novel Tuesday. I can see it really catching on. (Should we all read Aurora Leigh just to gear up for it?)

kittenpie said...

Oh geez. It never fails, does it?

Mrs. Who said...

Great haiku! It's not easy to count those syllables, is it? Crap works great for one syllable!!

I had to check syllable on the spellchecker because the more times I wrote it, the stranger it looked!

flutter said...

Oh my the crap line cracked me up. And my heavens that is an expensive flipped switch

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

Welcome to Haiku Friday!

Murphy has been shacking up at my place and eating all the food and leaving his dirty underwear all over the floor. Sorry to hear he's made his way over to your place.

cate said...

oh no! that's really crappy! at least it was just a switch...our furnace just went tits up and we had to replace it..for the low low price of $3000!

great Haiku!

bren j. said...

Oh, GRRRR....If it makes you feel better, we paid almost $100 last winter to have the boiler restarted....

WorksForMom said...

Oh no! Mr. Murphy rears his UGLAY (yes, UGLAY) head once again. Crap is right!

Lawyer Mama said...

Ooooooooh. Darn switch.

You know, my hubs would rather pull out all his nails than call a repair guy b/c he claims he can fix anything. Well, one time he couldn't fix the a/c. Repair guy showed up, removed a dead cockroach from some connector thingy and voila. $53 for the service call.

Murphy sucks.

Sue said...

Tee hee. Hope next month is better. I tried writing haiku a few days ago. It's harder than it looks.

Rose Daughter said...

That darn switch, I've had that happen before. And paid for that stupid service call.

paying bills stinks.

Lisa b said...

oh no! ninety dollars for a switch.

great haiku though!

b*babbler said...

I'm so in the wrong line of work... $90 for a flipped switch?

Dude, who needs high education - the trades are where it's at!

Florinda said...

LOVED your haiku - I just had to spend $2300 on car repairs myself, so I share your feelings, but could never have expressed them so well!

JCK said...

O.K. this was PRICELESS. Crap, crap, crap in a Haiku. You've got it going on, baby!

Oh, and good news on the furnace!

Julie said...

Switch turned off, huh? This might be just the thing I needed today to cheer me up. I know, I know, that seems, well, mean. It is mean, I guess. But that totally cracked me up and I really needed to be cracked up.

Beck said...

I've mentioned, I believe, the grim week when our furnace, drier and bathroom floor all went in tandem with each other, correct?
GOSH, that was an expensive time.