Friday, April 07, 2006


We had a new heater installed in our bedroom about three months ago. At the time, we foolishly thought that it would soon get warmer. However, it's been raining and/or cold here for what feels like forever (in reality, just the past three weeks or so.) This alternates with bouts of sunshine and lukewarm weather, but it sure doesn't feel like April these days.

Anyhoodle, the new heater was much anticipated, especially since between November and December, our bedroom felt like we were on location with March of the Penguins. We finally got a space heater in late December, which helped until the wall heater was installed in early January.

Right away we noticed that the pilot light was LOUD. As in, sounds like a crackling fire six feet away from our bed, without all the charm that implies. In addition, the heater itself had a tendency to clang. FMC assured me that this was just the heater adjusting itself and this would soon stop. But three months later and it's still like sleeping next to an army of mating robots. CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! Sometimes the noise is more subdued, like a gnome or a troll is trapped inside the heater with a tiny hammer. I've actually had dreams that I'm stuck inside the hatch armory on Lost and Locke is banging on the door.

The funny thing is, I can't imagine what it's going to be like once it's too warm to use the damn thing. I probably won't be able to sleep without the clanging and the crackling. I should probably record it now, just in case.

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