So you've come to Block Island. You've been waiting all year and it's your perfect vacation at last. And let's say it's the Wednesday of your week long stay, and there's a brown out. (Before I go further I should tell you, that now that we have electricity from the mainland, our power should be more stable.) But that brown out does something to the tiny electronic brain in the washer and dryer. So you call your homeowner or realtor. You have every reason to expect that they will call you back right away.
If it's our realtor, they might come right away to diagnose the problem and if it's our house, they might also call me. I will also come right away and using my legendary electrical skills, I will go down and switch the circuit breaker on and off and see what happens. Then I will press the buttons on the washer and dryer. Then I will gaze at the washer and dryer with sorrow, and then I will try it again. Then we will call the repair man.
Now, Block Island has miles of beaches and walking trails that are open and free to everyone, and it also has water so clean that if it wasn't salty you could drink it. But it doesn't have a favorable ratio of appliance repair people to the number of washers and dryers with post traumatic stress disorder. The appliance guy will often come right away, and by that I mean within a day or so, which is amazing given the number of calls that he has to make. And meantime, your realtor or homeowner will work to make it up to you. They'll pay for your things to be washed at the Eureka, for example.
Sometimes the appliance guy can't make it in a reasonable time frame, no matter how hard he tries. In that case, what happens next depends on your realtor's or homeowner's level of impulse control. They may start calling the repair guy on the hour until that he stops taking their calls. They may start following him around on the road because even if the repair guy knows that someone is stalking him, he does have to stop sooner or later. The next thing is we call the company where we bought the appliance to begin with. They immediately put us on the list for their guy who comes out twice a week all summer. That means they'll be at our house within two and a half weeks and that might only be to figure out what part they have to order. So at that point we might actually run out and buy a new washer and dryer, but then of course we have to get it over on the ferry and that can't happen, let's say until the following Monday, and then we have to get it delivered and installed, and that takes us to the following Friday.
I wanted you to have the backstory about appliances on Block Island, so that you'll know what to expect if anything like this happens. You should expect us to care, to respond, to take it on and do everything we can to fix or mitigate the problem. Just try not to be too upset with us if we can't change the laws of nature, because it won't make anything happen more quickly, other than giving us all the chance to be miserable for your vacation. Instead, I hope we can realize we don't love Block Island because of its washers and dryers. We are all, after all, hearty seafaring people who have braved the wide ocean to be here. And we can realize (and this is one of the best things about Block Island) that we can know what is hard to know in places where things are more convenient. We can just be people, getting to know each other, accepting things as they are and doing the best for each other that anyone possibly can.