I have tomorrow, and then four days at Eastercon, and then a day at home, and then I fly to the USA. So my engineer arrives the day after I fly out. That'll be interesting, then. Fortunately I'll be able to wash some clothes at scarlatti's. Or perhaps I should spend nine days naked?
The Stepson says that he will be on hand to greet the engineer and show him to the offending machine.
For contractual reasons, it's fortunate that the washing machine broke down before 4th October 2006, if it was going to do so at all.