December 5th, 2013

The Librarian

The universe has such fabulous timing ...

Got up this morning, turned the thermostat up from the overnight 15C to daytime 20C, got stuff ready for work, showered, came out of shower and heard gurgling from the direction of the radiators ... which DO gurgle when they're coming to life but this sounded a little different from the usual. Hot water was fountaining out the bedroom section. Being behind in the laundry due to all the insane overtime, there were towels on the floor right there, so kicked & wedged 'em in as best I could, called the management company's emergency number, reported, took a couple minutes to yank on enough clothes not to scare whoever showed up and call work to tell 'em what was up, and carried on tossing towels in the path of the flood and moving everything else I could out of the way (I'd already yanked off all the radiator covers because I knew I'd seen the shutoff valve before but couldn't remember exactly where ... damn thing was "frozen" in place and I couldn't turn it). Building maintenance guy showed up within twenty minutes (he lives in one of the other buildings, so he had to get dressed for the freeze outside before heading over) and he and a pipe wrench had to really struggle with the valve too, but finally got it off. Happily management company also keeps its own plumber on the payroll ... he said he's been running from disaster to disaster round the clock for the last couple of days and was very happy to down a big mug of tea while he worked (and tried to get his tools thawed ... I can tell you that a half-frozen torch puts on quite the fireworks display). So now building manager has been and gone, pipe is repaired, the guys are gone (maintenance back to his regular stuff, plumber off to next emergency which he got the call for while he was working here), and now I await the crew who're going to bring the big fans (it's -21C right now, so opening the windows ain't an option ... don't need another section of pipe to blow)

Ah well, as HR said when I called back in to work to report, it's a good thing it happened while I was still home. Another twenty minutes and I would have been out the door and things would have been really REALLY bad. As it is, all fibre stuff is stacked at the dry end of place, along with all the books and DVDs' out of the living room bookcases that are on wall shared with the bedroom (water spread to part of living room, spare room and hall. Also good that, due to being a longish-term resident, my unit is one of the few that still has carpets which absorbed and slowed the flow.

So now I have this tiny little island of space where I can just wriggle in to my computer (which is at the dry end of the apartment). Guess I may as well remote in to work and see what I can accomplish (still have data restoration & stuff going on in bits and pieces, so I can at least tackle some of that)

And as I was ferrying stuff into my storage room so it'd be safe and out of the way, came across a little stash of old bits of paper that I used to keep on my workplace wall back when I had a wall. Including this very-appropriate-to-today item:

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." -- J. Michael Straczynski.

Now off to take soggy towels to visit the laundry room ...