It's the little things  

rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
1805 posts
4/9/2006 10:37 pm

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It's the little things

we take for granted. TV's, microwaves, DVD players, running water, etc. You get the idea. Do we ever really think about these things? No, not really. Not until one of these "little things" stops working. Then, we realize how our life has been dictated by "convenience".

Two weeks ago, this coming Tuesday, I came into my house and sat down at the computer. I could hear what sounded like a dog drinking out of the toilet, (I know... ewwwwww), and yelled in the general direction of the bathroom to "KNOCK IT OFF". I could feel three pairs of eyes looking at me. The dogs were in the living room, being good, (for once). But, the lapping sound continued. I walked into the small hallway, and I sloshed. Yeah. Sloshed. And, I found the source of the water, and the lapping sound. My hot water heater. It tanked. Put in this house in 1978, (yes, you read right), it apparently rusted through, and the water from the outside line kept running in... and OUT. I suppose I should be happy it lasted this long. But damn. And, guess what? When a hot water heater croaks, you have NO HOT WATER! Well, duh. And, this was during my ten day work stretch. Swell.

I thought I took care of it. I tried so hard not to neglect it. I would periodically drain it, and had it on a timer, but, yesssssss, I took it FOR GRANTED. Sort of like being in a relationship for a long time. It, (read: he), will always be there. Then you break up. And he's not there anymore. I mean really. Think about it. You get in the shower, turn on the water, and VOILA, instant hot water. Day after day, month after month, year after year. Hot steamy showers. ALWAYS available. But then, the unthinkable happens. The peaceful coexistence you've shared, the symbiotic relationship you've enjoyed, is now over. The hot water heater left. Took his stuff and moved out when I was working. The unseen, yet very valuable jewels packed up. The heating elements. Gone. Gone. Gone. All that's left is a few marks on the concrete to show evidence that it rested there. And, I didn't even get a chance to say, "goodbye, my darling. No matter what, I always loved you. I wish I had told you more often, and now, it's too late."

Yep, left without so much as a warning. I didn't see it coming. I had a WONDERFUL shower that very morning. Not a HINT that there was trouble looming on the horizon. Sigh...

Ok, so how hard would it be on me, to take cold showers til I could put in a new tank? I'm a tough broad. I've taken cold showers in the past, but, then again, was after I did something outside in the hot summer. But still. It wouldn't be too hard on me, would it?

Uh, yeah.

I honestly have to say, a cold shower, (make that a shower that I am forced to take cold), is one of the worst experiences to occur in my otherwise quasi-normal life. I can see now why men make references to cold showers, after getting worked up and getting no action. No shit. I will never laugh at that statement again. No way. I get it now. I can see where cold water coming out of a shower head can squash a raging libido like a bug. So men, trust me on this, you do have my utmost sympathy...

This week, I'm replacing it. I have two days off. Yep, I'm doing it on my own. I've done a lot of plumbing stuff, and I'm pretty handy. I swear, I'm gonna throw a shower party when it's done. Anyone want to come? Bring extra towels

And, I would like to take this opportunity to thank SnL for opening up her bathroom for me this morning. You really know who your friends are, when they open up their home, (and shower), for you...

So again, thank you chica *hugs and smooches*

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
4/9/2006 11:40 pm

Good luck on the replacement

where'z that party again? ~gitz towel~

rm_bucfannn replies on 4/10/2006 10:11 am:
Thanks I hope to hang on to this "hottie" for sure

and thank you for stopping by...

oldude1946 72M

4/10/2006 3:40 am

You poor thing.


rm_bucfannn replies on 4/10/2006 10:12 am:
I'm waitin' on you, honey


softnlush 54F

4/10/2006 4:58 am

This was a great story about your poor water heater..and you do not have to thank me kiddo..I was glad to be able to help YOU out for a change..



rm_bucfannn replies on 4/10/2006 10:13 am:
It's so nice to have a friend so close.

Thank you for being you!


lifes2short069 49M
138 posts
4/10/2006 5:27 am

bringing towels and lotion.. just let me know when theres hot water and if there is room for 2 in there....

I got enough limitations, w/o taking a cold shower and being naked..

l8r my friend, hope all goes well with the replacement, and you get a nice HOT realationship going with this one!!

hugs L2S

rm_bucfannn replies on 4/10/2006 10:13 am:
Being nekkid and cold is absolutely NO fun alone


rm_ohsolustful 59M
859 posts
4/10/2006 6:07 am

Hey, you can use my shower any time. Of course I volunteer to help you scrub your back...

rm_bucfannn replies on 4/10/2006 10:14 am:
*checking the airline schedules*

Thanks, babe


Xeryien 53M
1448 posts
4/10/2006 7:13 am

A shower party? How large is the shower?

Alright - I have a question for you. Why would anyone have a Hot Water Heater? How hot do you really need the water to be?

Me? Personally, I have a cold water heater.........

(Yes, in fact, I do crack myself up!)

rm_bucfannn replies on 4/10/2006 10:15 am:
Heh heh. Cracked me up, tooooooo. (ya smart ass)


AltumHunksUnite 54M

4/10/2006 7:17 am

Hey, you never know... maybe the guy who delivers the new heater will also be HOT.

Let me drive. I like the view

rm_bucfannn replies on 4/10/2006 10:15 am:
And you're bringing it when????


rm_MustangD6644 52M
1031 posts
4/11/2006 12:48 am

You should have seen the efforts some of my fellow Victorian's [Aussies not Canuks] went to in order that they might have a hot shower during the two week Gas Crisis we endured about 10 years back when the plant supplying most of Victoria's natural gas exploded and burnt for days. Unbelievable, people rigging up all sorts of dangerous methods and typically some geting hurt. Madness. Personally I just ended up boiling the kettle a few times and mixing the water in a ratio one hot to two cold in a couple of builders buckets, 100 deg C. divided by 3 equals 33 deg C. Then using a one litre measuring jug I just had a bucket shower in the shower almost like normal. It only took about the same time as usual and no danger.
Still got to work on time and clean as well.


rm_bucfannn replies on 4/11/2006 3:13 am:
That's a great idea. I only have one bucket, and it doesn't last long at all. Hopefully, I will get this dang thing fixed before too long.

Thank you for visiting

Milfman17 56M

4/11/2006 5:32 am

Ahhh a woman who wants to get into "Hot Water"......also, good with tools! I like a woman who uses "tools".....MILFMAN

rm_bucfannn replies on 4/11/2006 9:32 pm:
Heh heh. Uses tools, you say? You betcha, I do

Thanks for visiting

worknplay67 47M

4/15/2006 3:52 am

"Forced" colded showers are now fun - only question I have in regards to the shower party - why bring extra towels... hot and wet is better

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