where’s my grass skirt?

It’s downright balmy in here. The heater repairman came today–Larry, who is becoming our new best friend since we moved in. Oddly enough, the last time I had to call the repair company, the secretary said, “Okay, your tech is Larry, right?” So I said yes, and she sent him out, and it was a different guy–younger, and with a smarmy southern accent. But his name was Larry. I asked him about this and it turns out that there are only two techs at the company, and they’re both Larry.

Anyway, Larry the First came back today and went to the basement and banged on some pipes and rattled some levers, and then he pronounced that he couldn’t find anything wrong with it and it started right up when he turned it on. I told him what we had tried–turning it off and then back on, turning it up higher, etc., and he shook his head and said, “Sometimes they can just tell the repairman’s here.” He’s going to call our warranty company and recommend that they replace the boiler.

This sounds like a good idea, but that only lasts until you look at our basement. The boiler is in a little room (I call it, in a flight of fancy, the boiler room). There is a cutout door in the wall; this door is substantially smaller than the boiler itself. There’s also a full-size door leading to the laundry room, which is completely filled by our washer and dryer. (When I say “completely filled,” I mean that there is no room to open the dryer door more than 2/3 of the way.) So Larry’s big plan is that we would lift up the dryer and put it ON TOP of the washer, then use the created space to pull the boiler out that way and back it out through the hallway leading to the laundry. I’m skeptical about this, but he thinks it would fit. The other option? A crowbar. There’s no REASON the cutout door has to be smaller than the boiler…in any case, this sounds like a pain in the ass. Nonetheless, I would like a boiler that works all the time instead of some of the time, and we have a home warranty for a reason, right?

Dissertation pages today: 0. Oops. But I read some.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Liz on January 30, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    i’m confused. if they’re both named larry, why did she ask what the guy’s name was?


  2. Posted by GreenePiece on January 30, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    I have no idea. That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out ever since. It was the most pointless question I’ve ever been asked.


  3. Posted by Bob on January 30, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    Maybe she was trying to be funny? Maybe she just tries to to keep everyone she deals with in a state of suspended terror.


  4. Posted by Liz on January 31, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    i feel like people who work in customer service in any context never have a sense of humor…


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