Not Water Heater


After a lukewarm shower in the morning, we discovered that the water heater pilot light was out and there seemed to be no resurrecting it. There was no smell of gas, although the stove seemed to light without a problem. We fussed with it for over an hour before giving up and deciding to just go without a shower until someone could come look at it. 

Naturally, we’re heading into a holiday weekend. 

It’s one of those issues that I’m sure the plumber will be able to fix with a stern look, but which we are not equipped to diagnose ourselves. So that was a rather frustrating ending to an otherwise tolerable day. 

Instead of braving traffic right at rush hour, we decided to grab a bite to eat before hitting the road. Google coughed up a list of cheap places in the area and we settled on a restaurant called The Apple Pan, which promised classic burgers and pie in a 1940s style diner. I’m not sure I could have told you what a 1940s diner should look like, but somehow The Apple Pan was exactly what it promised. It was a small, house-like diner with a long square counter with swiveling stools. The walls were punctuated with wide, sashed windows that opened at the top and the bottom for a cross breeze. Coffee came in a ceramic cup on a saucer. Ketchup came out of a glass bottle. The bill was calculated In the waiters head, paid in cash, and rung up in a vintage, mechanical register.  I’m not sure I’d call it the best burger is ever eaten, but it was worth the trip. Hell, the french fries were worth the trip, and usually I find fench fries to be a waste of a potato. 

So that was a bright spot in the day.

Tomorrow, of course, is Good Friday. It’s the Curmudgeonly Lion’s final day at his old job and a short day of work at my job. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the water heater back up and running before the weekend. Fingers crossed. Otherwise it might be a smelly Easter. 

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on April 13, 2017.

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