Sam Lied

 Posted by at 3:18 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222013

As I reported a couple of days ago, the drum on our Splendide washer/dryer combo has stopped turning on our Splendide, though it has power and the pump runs. I assumed the belt had broken and called Westland Sales, the Splendide parts and service location near Portland. Sam, the tech I talked to there, was sure that the belt wasn’t broken, but that it had jumped off the pulley. He said that in ten years, that has always been the problem and that he has only replaced two belts in all that time. Sam assured me that once we got the unit out, I would see what he was taking about and that it was a pretty simple fix. Sam lied.

We pulled washer/dryer out yesterday, which first entailed taking the rear half of our Winnebago apart to get to it. Then we pulled the back off and discovered that the belt was not broken, but that it also had not jumped off. Now what.

You may be surprised to learn that, as incompetent as I am in most things mechanical, I do know a thing or two about electricity thanks to Jim Summers, my shop teacher at Libbey High School in Toledo, Ohio. In fact, I even wired our MCI bus conversion and didn’t burn it down or electrocute anybody in the process. The dryer belt is connected to a shaft that comes off the motor and to a pulley that turns the dryer drum. The pulley turns freely and the drum spins when I turn it, and the shaft from the motor also spins freely. No wires were disconnected and there was no sign of anything that had melted or shorted out. Okay, that’s the extent of my knowledge, now what? (Okay, I slept a lot in shop class, what can I say?)

It being the weekend, Westlake was closed. I thought about Googling it to see if I could find anything online, but the last time I Googled the word shaft I ended up at a gay porn site that taught me a whole lot about things I really didn’t need to know. So instead, I Gregged it. Yeah, I called Greg White. He knows everything about everything. I know this because he explained some of that stuff I saw on that gay porn site to me. (I don’t know, I didn’t ask and he didn’t say how he comes by so much knowledge.)

I also told Greg that this whole gate guarding gig of his was damned inconvenient for me and that he really should be here doing all of this for me. But then he started talking about travel expenses, first class accommodations and per diem and I just let the whole thing drop.

Greg e-mailed me the Splendide service manual and talked me through a couple of tests, and we think we have the problem isolated, but I ran out of time. So today I’ll have another go at it.

We had several people stop over to visit us during the day and afternoon, including Ron Butler and his wife Carolyn Haven, David Schumaker, our neighbor Susan Pezzano, who brought us some fresh delicious homemade peanut brittle, and Dan and Jenny Sheppard. We have been at this so long that we have friends everywhere we go!

And with all of that going on, Miss Terry still found time to make the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life. And that’s saying a lot, because I love pizza!


With so much going on around here, Bad Nick thought that he needed to do something to earn his keep, so he posted a new Bad Nick blog about respect. Check it out and leave a comment.

Speaking of Bad Nick and blogs, the old curmudgeon may have some competition in a blog I recently came across called Your Face Is Politics, and subtitled Intelligent discussion of politics without all the PC nonsense. Read their thoughts on gun control in the post Stop Pretending You Have The Answers, which is one of the best, nonbiased commentaries I’ve read on the subject. I’ll be checking in on this one often.

Yesterday my dear friend Chris Yust also finished the second proofreading and editing of my new book, Dog’s Run, and it is getting very close to being published. In the meantime, if you’d like a sneak peak of the book, which is set in a small town in Ohio in 1951, I posted the opening on my Facebook author’s page at

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  8 Responses to “Sam Lied”

  1. I’ve read some of the entries at “Your Face is Politics” and you were right…good stuff. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Your Face is Politics kept me awake. He makes a lot of sense. We need more radical moderates.

  3. I too am writing to say thank you for the referral to “Your Face is Politics.” Some very good points made without taking sides.

  4. Let me know what the dryer outcome is. Thinking mine probably has the same problem … but at least it’s still under warranty!!

  5. Now that’s a good looking pizza!

  6. How in the world does she get that super-size platter in her itsy-bitsy oven?

  7. Dona, it’s not itsy bitsy. Her Breville has an expanded area in the back that makes the 13 inch pizza stone fit just fine.

  8. When will Miss Terry be coming out with a cookbook? I struggle to make pizza that I like as much as in a restaurant. She has so many skills and I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to learn from her.
    Perhaps she could do a cooking presentation at Escapades when you are there to speak as well! You two are such a dynamic couple.

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