Turns out the water heater behind the door next to the dryer, which I knew I was going to have to deal with soon anyway, has sprung a leak and is literally spraying water out the side. You can imagine my delight.
So I had to call the quick guys (translate: expensive guys) because the inlet valve was inoperative and I had to turn the water off at the street, which means no drinky, no flushy, no nuthin'. It's looking like about a $900 thrill. It actually hit in the middle. I thought a new water heater, installed, would be about $500. T thought more like $2000.
When Plumber Dude tried to wrench open the spigot, it came off in his hand, so he's got a makeshift drain stuck in the side while he eats lunch and waits for his cohort to deliver a new unit.
The really heart-wrenching part of the story is that this is the first day of school I've missed since I started on my bachelor's degree. I've been noticeably late a couple of times, but I've never actually missed a class until now. Is that significant? No, just something extra to whine about in case the cost doesn't prove enough to whine about.
Actually I am very lucky that I was here when that thing popped. I could have ended up with all kinds of water damage if it had sat there and spewed for three or four hours. So, I don't get to whine about that.
And Comcast is winking on and off. Quick! Hit "Post entry" before it goes off again . . .