Wednesday morning I asked my students “So, who had an interesting morning?”. I listened to their stories about crying baby sisters and running to catch the bus AND then I told them about my morning. The vote was unanimous: I took the cake (of course being a very mature teacher I purposefully set it up so that I ‘one-upped’ them. tsk tsk Julia).
Wednesday morning…I woke up early to shower since I had a myriad of things I wanted to do before work. I had just thoroughly wet by hair when a sound that mimicked a gunshot went off above my head followed by an erupting, cascade of high powered water that instead of spraying down out of the shower head, shot up and out across our entire bathroom. Did I mention that it was scalding hot? Blisteringly hot? Well yes it was very hot as the hose connecting our hot water tank had completely imploded. I didn’t even realize that I was screaming and running until I was naked in the middle of my living room, hopping frantically in a puddle, trying to cool my singed skin. Then Jenn stumbled out, blurry eyed but spurred into action by my lunney screams. For awhile there was nothing we could do. You couldn’t step into the bathroom without being hit by hot water and a wall of blinding steam, so we stood directly outside the door and wondered ‘what does one do exactly, in such situations?”. Eventually the hot water ran out and was replaced by a wall of icy, frigid water. Jenn eventually went in, stood on a chair under our exposed water tank and turned knobs. She came out with her pajama shirt molded to her body, absolutely soaked and the water still pumping out viciously behind her. Four people, a tool box and about 20 minutes later the water was finally turned off leaving us with a soggy bathroom and of course, no shower.
The irony sunk in about two days later when I was once again in the shower, looking up at the shiny new replacement hose. Then I remembered something! The day before our hot water tank escapade, I was looking up in exactly the same manner comparing the differences in the two hoses. The cold water one looked nice and shiny, while the hot water one was yellow and corroded. “That doesn’t look good” I thought, and promptly forgot all about it until that moment 4 days later. Lesson learned: when pipes turn yellow get them fixed preemptively as this will prevent panic, burnt skin and general chaos at 6:30 in the morning.