So our Labor Day Monday is going just fine.
Nice lazy day.
A little after 4 pm, Murphy (our cheese loaf cat) becomes demando cat. Pet me, pet me, pet me. Meow, meow, meow.
His default is always Bill, but then he goes up to me – not unheard of, but unusual.
Then I had to use the bathroom and Murphy came with me – very usual. I almost never get to go to the bathroom alone – either Leo or Murphy or both feel I need supervision.
Done in the bathroom, Murphy tries to lead me to the bedroom.
Murphy is a super talky cat. OMG, he just never shuts up. Meow, meow, meow.
I’m thinking he wants to lay on the bed and get more pets – something he does at night.
Little did I know, Murphy was doing his cat version of Lassie and trying to tell me that Timmy did not fall in the well, but there was trouble of a watery nature.
I go into the bedroom and I hear water – like someone is running a hose or something.
I look out on the patio – nope, our neighbors are not spraying our property with water.
Also, the sound isn’t coming from there – exactly.
So I go further into the bedroom, and realize the noise is coming from the garage.
I’m thinking – is one of our neighbors hosing off their car out in the communal driveway area?
I open the garage door and – surprise!
There is a spray of water going right across the doorway.
It takes me a second, but then I realize –
The water heater has sprung a leak and is spraying water across the washer, dryer, and laundry table!
There is a fucking river moving across the garage floor!
Oh yes, it is also spraying on the Tesla – where it is plugged into the wall.
So, I call Bill to please come here, and ask him if he can shut the water off?
He can. And he does.
One problem solved – sort of.
Then he turns off the electricity to the garage.
Second problem solved.
And he gets the Tesla safely unplugged.
Meanwhile, I’m on the phone leaving a message for Efficient Water Heaters – who has a high rating on Yelp with plenty of reviews.
Under the circumstances, that’s good enough for me. I’m not exactly in the mood to do a bunch of comparison shopping.
Much to my surprise, somebody calls me back in about 15 minutes!
And they’re coming out first thing tomorrow morning!
And they mean first thing – between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.!
So we have no water until tomorrow.
Luckily, we are a family who tends to do our pooping in the a.m. (or at very latest early p.m.)
And Murphy is our hero kitty.
I wouldn’t mind having a watery Labor Day, but I would have preferred it be at the beach, not in our garage.
But wait – my very bad day is not over.
I get ready to go to bed.
I go to put my CPAP mask on and find Leo has puked on the head gear.
And we don’t have any water for me to wash it with.
So no CPAP for me.
I love my CPAP and apparently it is something that helps me sleep because between no CPAP and worrying about the mess in the garage, I got almost no sleep.
At least the red in my eyes really makes the really blue stand out.
But wait, there’s more.
The guys show up on time to replace the water heater!
They replace the water heater!
Turns out the leak was not in the water heater.
The leak is in the pressure hose for the washing machine.
But our water heater was starting to rust out, so it needed to be replaced anyhow.
So …. Ok?
Bill has a replacement hose.
Bill, try as he might, cannot get the fucking hose unscrewed.
So, I emailed our handy man, who called me about 8 pm (Tuesday night), and he’ll be here tomorrow afternoon to replace the washing machine hose.
Please, please, please, let this be the end of this long and soggy saga.