We have a running discussion around here about whether to have our air ducts professionally cleaned. I’m sure I’m dusting construction particles from the remodeling we did several years ago. The construction crew–the Apple Dumpling Gang– had little interest in containing their mess. There was construction dust in drawers and on clothes hanging in closets at the other end of the house. Even though we have had a new heating/air system installed since then, I believe it gets too dusty, too fast around here. Dearly Beloved insists that having the vents cleaned is unnecessary and would make no difference in the dust.
He was talking to a neighbor recently and mentioned our difference of opinion about this. These neighbors did some remodeling last summer and have had similar discussions about cleaning the ducts. She shares my opinion while our husbands are united in their certainty of uselessness of such a project. In fact, the neighbor even quoted DB as his expert source in his discussion with the wife. (This because DB claims to have checked with professionals about this, meaning he asked the heating/air guy. I’ll bet I could talk to a duct cleaning professional and get a different opinion.)
That led them into a discussion of “honeydew” lists in general, wives, retirement, and how there is always something we want them to do.
Now, few of our friends and neighbors read or even know about this blog. They don’t spend time on the computer and this wouldn’t be a priority even if they did. Imagine DB’s surprise, then, when the neighbor shook his head and lamented,
“Well, at least your wife calls you Dearly Beloved. Mine calls me ASSHOLE!”