He Who Throws Stones Loses Ground

There are times that life seems to fly past and I am helpless to do anything but watch.  And then there are days like today.  Days that I am stuck in reverse, repeating tasks that I had thought complete.  It’s an unsettling trend.

The Boiler
Speaking of Unsettling

I started laundry this morning which is nothing truly out of the ordinary.  I’ve got 5 kids — they generate filth.  Problem is, I took a load directly from the dryer and put it into the washer.

Unfortunately, this can not be immediately attributed to the fact that I am losing my mind.  Well, not entirely.

Seems I had made the transfer from washer to dryer some time ago (read at least two days) and forgot to start it.  There are times when the inability to smell comes in very handy for I am quite certain that the pile of wet clothes festering in the dryer for two days was ripening up quite nicely.

I’ve got a “List of Things That Need Being Done” next to the calendar in the kitchen and dutifully, I’ve been erasing items from it for the past week.  This morning I added two items that I had previously marked as having been completed.

They WERE completed and justifiably erased.  It’s just that they have since become undone and their inclusion on the list is again necessary.  I’m going backwards.

The Boiler
Stuck in Reverse

I complained the other day about having to turn on the boiler in September.  Well, the temperatures rose to the mid eighties this past weekend and the weather outside was fantastic.  I turned it back off.  Actually, I had turned it off much earlier in the week, when the nighttime temperatures were in the forties and daytime highs were around 60.

Yes it was a bit chilly.  And as much as I’d like to tell you that the boiler was turned off  as a way of taking a stand against the depressing onslaught of impending winter and higher gas bills, that is not the case.  It quit working!

Seems the heat was not being transferred from the boiler to the pipes that feed the radiators.  The valves simply locked up.  Who knew these things required maintenance?  I grew up in Louisiana, I’ve never really had need of a boiler.  Or a heater for that matter.

Praying for a simple repair, I called the service technician who took one look at my 75 year old heating system (Yes 75 years.  It was put in in the late 1930’s or very early 40’s)  and flatly stated, “Man, that’s a bomb.”

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a compliment.

The Boiler
The Bomb in My Basement

I am told that a new system will have paid for itself in gas savings in about 4 years.  I think they are trying to comfort me.  It hasn’t worked.  I have very large numbers rolling around in my head, anticipating the worst that they might offer regarding replacement costs.

It may be cheaper to move south.

(The title of this post has absolutely nothing to do with the content — but then, I’m sure you’ve already figured that one out.  I suppose the relationship is a bit more telling of where my head is right now.  Disjointed and a tad bit confused.  Random ambling all the while struggling to maintain focus. Balance. Purpose. Oh, and I’m almost out of coffee.  And duct tape.)

  9 comments for “He Who Throws Stones Loses Ground

  1. jjdaddyo
    Oct 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Costs aside (and hopefully they won’t be too bad) the efficiency difference between a 1940 and a 2010 boiler has to be HUGE, if they’re saying you might pay off the new one in gas savings in only 4 years. Save the planet, man.
    We replaced one of our A/C units a year or two ago (the old one was about 25 years old) and noticed an immediate large difference in electricity bills. Not to mention it keeps the house cooler.

    • Ed
      Oct 13, 2010 at 6:16 am

      I can only hope I will realize the huge monthly savings they keep referring to. But I’m not sure you’re aware of this — I have bad luck.

  2. Oct 12, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Um, a swastika on your boiler? Yikes.

    • Ed
      Oct 13, 2010 at 6:16 am

      It’s an extremely interesting aspect of our old house. One of many.

  3. Oct 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    You have my sympathy. I am facing a new system too. Been putting it off due to the expense, but soon I fear the boiler will go to that great scrap metal yard in the sky and I will have no choice.

    What on earth is that swastika doing on your central heating system?!

    • Ed
      Oct 13, 2010 at 6:19 am

      It’s that old. Pre WWII era when we were getting lots of parts and stuff from Germany. Still kind of freaky.

      I knew this day was coming but every year that old boiler just chugged along when I fired it up. You’re never ready.

  4. Oct 13, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Whats the problem, the system will pay for itself within four years, get it ordered man.

    Just act dumb when they send you the bill, its going to pay for itself.

    • Ed
      Oct 13, 2010 at 6:20 am

      Do you think that will work?

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