Good morning Neosho! I trust you are thawing out from the deep freeze we’ve had this week! It’s going to be a heat wave today in comparison!

Good morning Neosho! I trust you are thawing out from the deep freeze we’ve had this week! It’s going to be a heat wave today in comparison!
Well, that was fun…I was just sitting down in my comfy recliner to write my column when my third born daughter Sylvia comes running upstairs and proceeds to tell me very excitedly that there is WATER in the floor of the closet in her room in the basement! Great…that’s all I need right now I thought to myself. Of course, since it’s been like northern Siberia here in the Ozarks this week, I immediately thought the unwelcome soggy carpet was a result of one of two things; Either a pipe had frozen and busted where it comes into the house, or water drainage from the snow had somehow seeped in that corner of the basement. I ran downstairs and surveyed the damage. Yep. Water-logged carpet, check. Moldy smell, check (which told me that it had been going on a few days probably.) As I was trying to avoid a getting a soaked sock walking through the closet, I heard the telltale sound of dripping water in the storage closet adjacent to the girls closet. Sure enough, I found the culprit. Water dripping from the main shut off valve coming into the house. I shut off the main valve and the dripping stopped. So, I’ve identified the problem, and now to formulate a solution. Call a plumber? Nah, too expensive and probably none available immediately. Fix it myself? Yes. Cheaper, faster, and I know it’ll be done right! Bring on the challenge!
So, off to Lowe's I drove as fast as I could (without getting in trouble with one of Neosho’s finest), to get plumbing parts. And get this, I only made one trip to Lowe’s on a plumbing fix! I know it seems like this isn’t possible, but it’s the honest truth! I got back home, turned the water off at the meter, and commenced to fixing that bad boy. While I was putting the fittings together, my mind went back to my childhood to my first “fix-it” project, I was about nine years old. One of our space heaters went out and Mom threw it out in the garage. I saw it out in the garage and decided I was going to fix it. I dug into Dad’s toolbox and selected what tools I thought I’d need, tore the heater apart, examined the workings, identified the problem, and came up with a solution. I’ll never forget taking that space heater back in the house and plugging it in and how it actually worked! Boy, was I happy, I thought I was a regular genius, and so did my Mom! She probably forgot all about how a few weeks before I had another genius idea to splice the wires from a D.C. Electric CB radio to an AC cord and plug it in…yeah, my ideas weren’t always genius, but hey I always learned a lesson anyway! Sounds like being the mayor at times…Problems, solutions, genius (or not so genius) ideas. All in all, life is never a dull moment! Broken space heaters and water lines just build character, right? Well, that’s what they always said anyway. Love ya Neosho!


Ben Bakers is the mayor of Neosho and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.