I think my dear husband has magical speaking abilities.
See, last weekend, when we were up working on our house-building project, he started us talking about this pile of leftoever concrete blocks we've been trying to get rid of. Months ago, we posted on Craigslist, and a nice man agreed to take them. He started the process of picking them up, but stopped maybe 2/3 of the way through, and about 5 weeks ago. Also, he hadn't made it by to pay us yet. So, we were left with this annoying obstacle we've dodged for, like, ever.
The next day, the guy calls. He wants to come by to pay us, and he promises to take care of getting the rest of the blocks. The cash is in our hands, and the promises to retrieve blocks seem hopeful.
Then, this Thursday night (while playing Rock Band, the most fabulous video game, EVER), my dear husband complains to our Rock Band-owning friend that the city has never followed through with our request for repair or replacement of our trash container. As you can see, it has NO LID. It used to have a lid, but it cracked one day, between the time we set it out and the time when we retrieved it after it was dumped. Later, the crack became a split, and before long, the lid was all the way loose. It persevered for a couple of weeks, but then one Friday, when the trash truck dumped our dumpster, it dumped the lid right into the trash truck. Since then, our driveway has been smellier than usual. It rained this weekend, too.
But, thanks to his magical speaking abilities, and my dear husband's complaints to friends, the nice folks from the city called Friday morning (the next day, you'll note), saying they'd be by Monday to repair or replace our container.
Now, if we could just get him to complain about bigger things. Like this war in Iraq. Or loss of civil liberties...