Monday, March 9, 2015
Travel in my future but I am in hot water
So Cookie received the BEST two Valentine's Day presents imaginable this year.
Present Number One: Since I have embarked on a career change - I mean working at the Beef Bran and Strip Club is a job, it certainly isn't a career - I have had to come up with my dream career and I have settled on Certified Genealogist. It has been said that while I "can't remember where you put your keys five minutes ago," Cookie can find anyone. I have been doing this as a hobby for 35 years and why not make big money and make it while traveling to glamorous places? So to accomplish this, Cookie needs to get some serious research time in under my belt.
To this end, the Husband decided that it would be in our best interest to take a vacation, and combine it with some hard focused research time, which, Cookie can use towards the certification process. So we are jetting to sunny California at some point in the future. Felix has been told that we are coming and we hope to see him as well as Lady Donna Lethal. If that wasn't glamorous enough, Husband is jetting us first class, coast to coast.
And if that wasn't glamorous enough, Present Number 2 asks how much more could the big guy show me how much he loves me?
But popping for a NEW Hot Water Tank!
You heard me. Ville Cookie, when purchased, came with many old things. And old fashioned kitchen (no dishwasher), a purple bath tub (original to the 1932 construction of the house) and a garage that the doors don't work well. While we relish the "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" life style, the hot water tank, vintage 1994 approached the end of its lifecycle ten years ago and has been filling up with water and sediment for way too long. We know this because in the morning, when we are showering, washing dishes by hand or doing laundry, it sounds like someone is setting firecrackers off in our basement.
The loud popping is a bit unsettling, because it shouldn't be happening. Mr. Bruce, our plumber, informed me (as if I didn't already know this) that the Popping is coming from the sediment in the bottom of the tank heating up and cracking, thus releasing air bubbles.
"You know," say he at $100/hour, "there are two things that leave you house weighing more than when you moved it in: your mattress, and your hot water tank."
In addition to getting rid of two ton Gertie, we are also moving the location of the new one to get it out of the way. Right now she takes up a leisurely large percent of area that is prime space. So the tank gets moved, we gain some space and we get more than 10 gallons of hot water at a time.
Imagine, being able to take a shower that is longer than three minutes.
Ain't life grand?