Monday, November 17, 2008

What a weekend........

Most people work five days a week and they get to look forward to weekends. Here at Emmanuel's Rug and Upholstery Cleaning, sometimes the mere DREAM of a five day work week is enough to either make me wax poetic or seize up in gales of hysterical laughter. In the sage words of Alfred E. Newman, "What, me worry?".

Last Saturday, I sent my valued shop assistant, Ket out to do a minor spotting job with one of our oldest (but presumeably well working) truckmount machines. Ket, a native of Laos, has lived in the United States for quite some time, is totally in charge of washfloor operations and knows what to do when. We really rely on him. Upon his return as we were cleaning up the truck, we noticed there was about a half inch layer of cruddy lint gook stuck to the front of the radiator (cooling system) of the truckmount unit and attempted to remove it with a little gentle brushing and the tank vac. Apparently, this snotty lint was the only thing holding the radiator together and the Prestone began to flow everywhere. The diligent guys at AC Automotive promptly determined that the entire insides were kaput and a new core was the only remedy SOOOOOO.....hopefully we'll be re-installing it tomorrow (Tuesday).

As a result, we were at work Saturday over an hour before opening and an hour after closing. Sunday was a "day off" involving the moving of firewood up to the house and the dead battery of our '77 BMW project car (here in its ideal condition - not OUR car), dogs and housework. Monday, back to work till 1PM so I guess it was sort of a day off.

On a fun note: Barry O'Connell was at the shop on Saturday trying his hand out at video filming and we spent some time looking at Chinese rugs - a good time, as we have some Persian pattern Chinese rugs both open and closed back. He also interviewed Homaioun Rahmati of Rugs and Arts of Asia (who has his rug sales floor in our shop) and scanned some of my collection of Central Asian embroidered pieces for the heck of it.

On positive note for those wishing to visit Iran, e-visa's are now available!

I'm hoping to be invited back to Kish next year and will look forward to trying out the new system!

While visiting us, Barry relayed a greeting from another Armenian rug family, the Keshishian's of Chevy Chase MD. Thank you for remembering us! You are an inspiration to us all.


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