4.18.2009

I don't wanna grow up...

I had to fix my refrigerator last week.

There was water leaking into the fridge, and I had to keep soaking it up with towels for weeks. I eventually realized that there's a drain above in the freezer that allows condensation flow to a drip tray at the bottom of the fridge. That was frozen over and the ice was overflowing and melting into the fridge. After pouring about a gallon of hot water into my freezer I eventually melted the clog, and it's not leaking anymore. Sarah says I'm handy. The reality is I just refuse to pay some repairman $200 to tell me to leave it off overnight. Then I'm out $200 and all my meat. I need my meat. And ice cream. The hot water method took about an hour and saved the meat. And the ice cream...

Whatever happened to the days when things broke and my old man fixed them? I don't wanna grow up.

Then a couple months ago, you know, in the middle of the winter, my furnace stopped working. Now I'd had problems with the flame sensor before. The flame sensor is this little rod that tells the furnace that the flame is on, and that your house is not filling with natural gas. Pretty important part I'd say. So this thing gets dirty over time and can't detect the flame anymore and the furnace shuts down. So when it went off a couple months ago, I figured the flame sensor needed a good scrubbing with a steel wool pad per usual. Nope. Tried it again and nothing. I happened to notice the pilot igniter filament wasn't glowing. That's the thing that glows and ignites the gas. It had a big crack in it. I guess over time that thing wears out! It's only five years old but whatever. Again, I refused to call a repairman, so I scoured the internet and found the correct filament for my furnace. Problem solved. Or so I thought. It would take three days to ship. Well no problem, being a genius (or an idiot), I grabbed the old charcoal grill lighter rod. Every time I heard the furnace kick on for those three days, I'd run downstairs to the basement with just enough time to grab the charcoal lighter and stick it into the burners. Worked every time. The igniter arrived and now I enjoy the modern convenience of automatic heat.

I planted tulips in my front yard last month. This is what happens when you grow up. Let this be a lesson to you. Live in your mom's basement forever...

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