Last night, our neighbor came home to a hot steamy apartment. Nope, she hadn't left the heater on, nor had anyone in our building taken an overlong shower and there were no pots of water whistling along on the stove. Our landlord wasn't answering the phone and we don't have an on premise manager or superintendent. So we called the non-emergency number for our local fire department and explained the problem... Ten minutes later, eight firemen showed up and, discovering that a hot water pipe had burst, shut down the hot water in the building. Which left us without hot water. This morning, after attempting a cold shower, we decided to take a bath. We felt very rustic, boiling water on the stove but the thrill wore off when we realized that boiling enough water to fill our bathtub even partway would take all day and settled for a lukewarm spongebath. It's an odd feeling to discover how much you depend on certain conveniences and how well you can or can't adapt to the loss of them, even temporarily. We know that we were very grateful to come home and find that the problem, thanks to our prompt landlord, had been fixed. We celebrated by taking a long bath -- with bubbles -- grateful to be living in the 21st century. What about you? Have you occasionally had to go without one thing or another because of repair problems?
[image: Tom Saint]