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My husband is pretty awesome. - helen-louise
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My husband is pretty awesome.
I really don't know how I'd manage without Richard. He's my best friend, partner, and carer. But what he does for me goes so far beyond what I could expect from a husband.

My wheelchair was misbehaving the whole of yesterday. Every time I switched it on, it failed with the error code which means "left motor not working". I am very familiar with this error code :/ Fortunately, it started the second time, except on the train coming home when it needed four attempts to get going. It was also making terrible noises and threatening to drive me into things because of its refusal to turn left.

So I came home and emailed Richard, and after dinner he took the motor apart - and was up until 4 am working on it. Apparently he had to "cut a new profile" for one of the motor brushes and also "file away corrosion" on one of the contacts. I know the basics about how motors work because they're covered in GCSE Physics - which I took many years ago and have also taught - all that stuff about brushes and split-ring commutators and so on. Could I take one apart and fix one? No. Could many of my friends, even though they're all geeks? No.

Without Richard I would be involuntarily housebound until such time as a wheelchair repair shop got around to fixing it. And I have an exam on Friday! (More about this later)

A couple of weeks ago our boiler conked out - while it was negative degrees Celsius outside. I spent a few hours huddled in three layers of clothing including thermals and under a blanket while Richard fixed it. Could anyone with the knowledge fix it? No, because in order to fix it, Richard had to make a new part on his lathe, and most people I know don't have lathes in their houses! I almost feel like writing a letter to his sole surviving parent to say "Thank you for bringing Richard up in a house full of books and machine tools", but that would seem creepy. Unless I found a better way to phrase it.

I really did get very lucky with my choice of boyfriend, all those years ago.

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barakta From: barakta Date: 27th January 2015 21:47 (UTC) (Link)
I think a letter to his surviving parent sounds lovely - framing it as "thank you for giving him an environment in which he could develop such leet skills" .

I am really glad you have a Richard in your life. Good luck with exam on Friday - hope all goes as well as it can etc.
hobbitbabe From: hobbitbabe Date: 27th January 2015 22:24 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, how impressive. He happens to have a lathe and to know how to do things with it?
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 27th January 2015 22:37 (UTC) (Link)
Hurray for Richard!

Conflux has a similar range of useful machines and skills.
emperor From: emperor Date: 27th January 2015 23:28 (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah for Richard :)
From: kshandra Date: 28th January 2015 04:02 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for Wuzzie!
otterylexa From: otterylexa Date: 28th January 2015 04:38 (UTC) (Link)

Yay for wuzzies!

I might have been able to do something about the motor, but I wouldn't have been able to do anything with the broken boiler.
bfo From: bfo Date: 28th January 2015 06:39 (UTC) (Link)
My Dave is the same, the amount of things he just fixes that normally I'd have assumed I'd need expert for and he too has a lathe and once it's not blocked in by a fridge freezer etc I'm gonna learn how to use it.
lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 28th January 2015 09:09 (UTC) (Link)
Hooray!
alexmc From: alexmc Date: 28th January 2015 16:58 (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. Well done to both of you, for making good choices :-)
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