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11/11/2013 12:05:00 PM
Publisher's Column No good deed goes unpunished

Mel is a night person, and I am not. I always liked the schedule at Boot Camp, but Mel doesn't care for mornings until she has her fresh cup of strong, hot coffee.

Last time we had to replace the coffee maker at home, she found one with an insulated pot, which has the ability to keep the coffee hot without continuing to cook it as those with glass pots do. Prior to making coffee, you flush out the pot and fill it with hot water and let it get hot. Then you dump the water from the pot, place it back in the coffee maker, to which you have already added water and coffee grounds, turn the coffee pot on and in a few minutes you have hot coffee.

Mel worked especially late last Monday night. It was after 3 Tuesday morning when I heard her come in, so I decided to let her sleep in. I decided to surprise her and went to work on household chores like a proverbial good fairy. I did Monday's dishes, threw in a load of laundry and folded clothes while watching the morning news. Before I left for the office, I decided to add the coup de grace to my attack on husbandly deficiencies and carefully prepared a coffee maker of fresh coffee. I knew Mel would be pleased when she descended to the kitchen inhaling the aroma of fresh coffee wafting invitingly up the stairway.

I waited until the hot water was as hot as possible before filling the pot to warm it up and placing it on the pad of the coffee maker. Then I meticulously measured out freshly ground coffee into a new, clean filter and placed it in the coffee maker. I took the measuring pitcher and carefully measured out exactly six cups of water, which I poured into the reservoir of the coffee maker. Everything was ready and prepared just the way Mel likes it. Boy, was she going to be surprised and pleased-dishes done, laundry washed, clothes folded and fresh coffee!

As I left for the office, I flicked on the coffee maker and headed out the door in anticipation of the coming call extolling my virtues as a thoughtful, loving husband.

The surprise part really worked! Mel was really surprised but when she called to let me know, she wasn't quite as pleased as I had anticipated. "Do you know what the kitchen looked like when I got up this morning?" she asked. I didn't answer as the tone of her voice was not at all what I had expected. "There was coffee all over the counter and kitchen floor. The drawers under the coffee maker are full of coffee."

Whoops! I forgot to dump out the water I was using to warm the pot before turning on the coffee maker. When it started brewing, there was no room for coffee in the pot and all the coffee overflowed.

Mel did say she enjoyed the aroma of the coffee as she was descending the stairway.

And she was surprised.

Rick, our graphic designer, commented, "Just proves that no good deed goes unpunished."

Larry Dobson

Claremont Service

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