Four hours to fix a toilet


News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter - Contributing Columnist



Charles Warner | The Union Times In this week’s “News Around Lockhart” column Connie Porter writes about the difficulties she and her daughter experienced in fixing a toilet that kept running.


It’s now 11:55 p.m.!!! Our toilet kept running, so I turned the water off to it until we could get it fixed.

Gina told me to pick up a flap and Chuck told me to go ahead and get the whole kit. So Gina and I started this project after dinner at 8 p.m. and just got through. The flap might have been the problem, but we listened to Chuck. Gina said no wonder plumbers make so much per hour.

For you men this might have been a 20-minute job. For us you see how long it took. I was the gopher. I made so many trips to the shed looking for pipe wrenches, steel brushes, things I don’t know the name of, but know what they look like. One of the main problems was a rusty bolt, that took forever, and finally sawed it off.

Gina got on youtube looking for hints, but that guy did just what she was going to do anyway. Cut it off! Nothing leaks and everything flushes. I sure am lucky to have a handy daughter that reads directions very well.

Johnny Thomas

As most of you know by now, Johnny Thomas passed away Sunday morning after a major stroke. He was Lockhart’s barber for years. We’ve all had memory stories about him this week.

He also took care of the laundromat that was beside his barbershop, and as I would be washing and drying clothes there every week, he would give me advice on running a business. He told me that he was the boss and not the men. He wasn’t going to open his door until 8 a.m., and they could just stand outside until then. He’d be inside reading the paper.

At 12 p.m. he would leave and go to DeeDee”s for lunch (which is Bernice’s now). If you came in to get a cut before that and he wasn’t finished at noon, he’s leave you sitting and go to lunch. I believe Greasy told me he did that to him one time. And I know Andrew Shugart, cause he came down to my place to get finished. One man said he wanted to get a cut at 7 a.m., so he could go on the river with his family and Johnny refused, because he opened at 8.

Johnny was an Ace at flat tops and tried to teach me, but he had years on me. He also cut hair at a nursing home in Chester and always took care of his homebound customers. Johnny and I always kidded about cutting hair with each other.

Water Bills

I wanted to write last week and time just got away with me. I wanted to continue to comment on your water bills.

Some of you think that if the town has a water breakage that your bill will be up. This is not true, the only thing you are billed for is what goes through your meter, which is what runs into your house.

Now some of you have higher bills than others and that could be that there are more people living in your house, flushing, bathing, etc. You may be like I was, toilet constantly running.

Listening To Dr. Charles

Monday, Gina and I went to the library and listened to a lecture by Dr. Charles, who teaches at the University. He talked about what was happening in Union in the years of the eclipse. Union used to be called Unionville. He started in the 1800s before cars. And stopped at 1970.

Gina and Rita (the librarian) wanted to know what happened in May of 70. But it was getting late and it started storming outside.

He is quite interesting. Gina said she had three classes under him and he was quite entertaining then also.

Not School Supplies

Well Chuck and I ended up in York again Saturday night, at their fish camp. Then, of course, we ended up in Walmart. He wanted to know if it was a tax free weekend. Well I don’t know, but I told him either way, I don’t believe his purchases came under school needs. Deer corn and a big box that you shoot arrows into from your bow.

Illnesses And Injuries

Myrtis has been quite sick lately, so put her in your prayers, please. It’s just not the same without her around. She’s been sticking to the house, since she’s been sick.

Ann Trakas is back to work and looking great after her illness. Ailene is still having to wear a brace on her arm, so I hope it won’t be long before it’s 100% healed.

Pray for Russell Thomason (Roger, Ronnie, Putt, Charles, and Roy’s brother). He was in the hospital last week and I haven’t heard anything this week.

Sign Of The Times

I went into a pet shop and said, “Can I buy a goldfish?”

“Do you want an aquarium?” said the shopowner.

“I don’t care what star sign it is,” I said. “Just give me the fish.”

Well, it’s really late so I’ll say good night, and you can call me at 1-864-545-6652

Charles Warner | The Union Times In this week’s “News Around Lockhart” column Connie Porter writes about the difficulties she and her daughter experienced in fixing a toilet that kept running.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Town-of-Lockhart-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times In this week’s “News Around Lockhart” column Connie Porter writes about the difficulties she and her daughter experienced in fixing a toilet that kept running.
News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter

Contributing Columnist

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