Monthly Archives: June 2002


Here’s a little story with a motto.

My water heater has been acting up lately. Since I share the water heater with my landlady’s unit next door, I let her know. She agreed and went shopping for a new hot water heater last week.

I came home last Thursday and saw the old water heater sitting in the carport. I popped my head into the house and sure enough, a new water heater was installed. Cool. But this new water heater looked odd. It was all dented and a little rusty on one side. I asked my landlady about it, and she said she bought this unit because it was cosmetically damaged but still worked just fine. And it was offered at a steep discount.

Well, over the weekend I still had no hot water. Every time I mentioned this to my landlady she said the damn pilot kept going out. So I kept relighting the pilot. I probably relit the stupid thing five times over the weekend, and still I had no hot water. I grumbled some more, and she agreed to call the company on Monday.

Yesterday morning (Monday) I was walking out to work when she grabbed me. “I’ve found out why the water heater keeps going out,” she announced. “It’s full of rats.”


Oof. Lots of work piling up. I’ve tried getting a blog going on netpci several times, but dealing with the tech support there is like entering the fourth level of Hell. Their ftp guy is a chucklehead, and he provides me no help at all. Oh well, you get what you pay for. Wait, wait – I pay dearly for my dsl through netpci…