Yet Another Cold Shower

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My story today is about camaraderie and friendship in a new guise. I want to tell you about the time a group of us had to make summer plans. As background, I have a lot of buddies from the rowing teams at the university. The junior and senior teams are loaded with my fellow travelers who love the sport. We spend a lot of time watching tapes and talking about techniques as you can well imagine. We also do a lot of things together in our spare time. We go to the gym, for a meal, or attend an expo. Along different lines, a few of us decided to rent a place off campus for the summer to get off campus. It found a budget place suitable for students, but not much else. The plumbing left a lot to be desired. So did the décor and appliances.

One of my biggest pet peeves that summer was the lack of sufficient hot water for three burly guys who like to take long showers. We didn’t know, and it was too late by the time we found out. We had paid our deposit and moved our belongings. We were busy practicing our rowing to keep in shape for the fall competitions. I was the first to become bombarded unexpectedly by a blast of cold water after I had already situated myself under the spray head. No amount of fiddling with the knobs helped stop the freezing deluge.

Students are fairly tolerant as a species and live in all kinds of compromised conditions, but this was over the acceptable line. We could tough it out (all of us voted no) or bitch to the landlord. No matter how the stove or refrigerator worked, or if there was central air conditioning or a floor fan, we expected hot water at the very least. I volunteered to make the call. I wasn’t optimistic and readied myself for an argument. I don’t enjoy confrontation and was prepared for the worst.

Surprise! Without a peep, the landlord dutifully agreed to check out the faulty water heater and repair or replace it in due time with one of these tankless units: It only took a few days to get results. The moral of the story is to trust in your building manager because we got a new energy-efficient tankless model that worked like a charm. No one envisioned a top-grade unit with all the bells and whistles. You can have as much hot water you want at any time of day or night with easy-to-prepare settings. We are now a bunch of happy campers, or rowers, if you will.