For some time now I have wondered whether I am having a premature mid-life crisis. Not because I am buying sports cars and dating younger women, quite the opposite, I feel compelled to work hard and drink less and exercise and have ambitions. Recently someone queried on Facebook whether it meant their standards had dropped that they were so excited about putting a new roof on their house, and I thought, no way, that’s awesome.
What the hell is a milysiris?
This morning I stepped into an ice-cold shower — well, I say stepped in, I sort of put my leg in and by the time the water was dashing my ass with liquid snow I leapt out again. I walked to the boiler. It’s dead control face stared at me hopelessly.
No! Not again!
We put this boiler in about a year and a half ago and once before have we seen its stony visage lying lifeless. On that occasion, the plumber who installed it came out, called the technical staff at the company that makes it, arranged for them to come repair it. They came, they examined, they repaired.
The problem was and is with the electronics. The controller they use on these machines is a lemon. This one is having the precise problem the old one had. The strange thing is, I remember the plumber got the old controller working again until the company repair man came to see us. And I remember the way he did that, because it was so strange. After diagnosing the problem over the phone, the technician said, try tapping it in the top left hand corner with your screwdriver, see if that gets it working. He did, and it did. And, this morning, I did, and it did.
Now… that a modern electronic device needs to be tapped to get it working is rather remarkable, I think. The fact that this company is continuing to utilise the same failing controller is typical of manufacturers cutting corners. And the fact that any of this concerns me in any real way is evidence that I’m turning into some sort of crusty old person.
But you see, when you rent, you don’t have to deal with these things. But when you own, you have to pay to fix things that break. But it’s good to put in a new boiler, because then it’s under warranty, and the warranties are long on things like boilers. There are advantages and disadvantages to both situations! In any case it just goes to show that you can’t trust young people. Hip-hop crazed druggies! They’re to blame here — where’s my pension?! Aw, to hell with you! I was in the war…