Ok, I normally don’t use foul language in my blogs, but to be fair, 2018 had a pretty fucked up way of saying welcome to my family. Seriously, we hadn’t been spending many hours in the new year until she decided to kick me in the nuts – smack in the pubic bone!
Thanks to digital streaming on the AppleTV, we missed the ball dropped live. Apple apparently decided that there’s a lack, so despite stating ‘live’ on the screen, it is actually delayed by almost 2 minutes. I suspect that is false advertisement, but we somewhat say the switch to 2018 twice.
Anyway, a few hours after the famous Waterford Crystal ball dropped, we moved our ageing corpses to the beds. Gone are the days of drinking all night, dancing like crazy on the tables, mingling with strangers in a smelly night club or having to clean the house from alcohol left-overs, smoke and confetti. That is the curse and benefit of being responsible adults, and also the fact that kids give zero fucks about hangovers.
While zombie walking through the house, more asleep than awake, I turned the heating down … or so I thought. You see, we live on the East Coast, and this happens to be winter. So, it gets a little chilly outside and the last few days had been sub-zero. If I didn’t know better, I would say that we were about to reenact “Day After Tomorrow” scenes and experience arctic super deep freeze.
Next morning as I stumbled towards my coffee machine to get a caffeine kick, I noticed that the ground floor was chilly. Did I mention that my absolute favorite coffee brand i ‘Black Riffle Coffee Company‘ – they kick arse.
The thermometer showed 52F so I instantly knew something was wrong. It’s not like I’m a natural born plumber, but when the baseboard pipes are colder than my freezer, then something is off.
Thankfully the heating in the basement and 2nd floor were both working, so I used those areas to heat up the rest of the house. I spent the remainder of 1 January 2018 heating up the baseboard pipes using hot towels, hair dryers and my Scandinavian charm … nothing worked.
No other option than called in the cavalry in the form of the local plumber. He showed up with what looked like an oversized car battery jumpstart kit. Two larger clamps were attached to the copper pipes, and 2 hours later he had managed to thaw the pipes. Heating was coming back 🙂
It takes a big man to admit when he has made mistakes, and I’m no big man! That said, I had accidentally turned off the heating when going to bed, and with the sudden drop to arctic climate, the still water in the pipes decided to freeze.
The plumber that came to help was top drawer. An amazing customer service and fair priced I suppose.
I can honestly say that this was not the way I had hoped for 2018 to start, but at least we have heat, food, each other and 363 days to get back to Christmas.