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The Amateur on the Roof
A married couple in suburban New Jersey had a leaky
roof. "Call a roofer," the wife said, "and ask him to
come over and give you an estimate."
"Roofers cost a fortune," the husband said. "And they'll
leave with the job half-finished. I can do it myself."
"I think you're out of your mind," said the wife. "But
do what you want."
On Saturday morning, the husband climbed out the attic
window and onto the roof. It was much higher than it
looked from the ground, and the pitch of the roof was
steeper than he had imagined. He climbed back in and
wondered what he could rig to make himself feel more
secure while he repaired the leak.
Then he had an idea.
From the basement he brought up a very long clothesline.
He anchored one end of the rope to the attic window
frame and tossed the other end over the peak of the
roof. Then he went downstairs and out to the yard, where
he tied the clothesline to the bumper of his car. Back
at the attic window, he wrapped the other end of rope
around his waist, tied it securely and climbed out on
the roof to begin the repair job.
About 15 minutes later, his wife left the house. She
never noticed the rope tied to the car's bumper. But as
she drove away, she thought she heard something behind
her go "splat."