for things to break? Last night, our furnace stopped working last night around 9:30. My husband, Daddy D, was in the basement when the furnace stopped functioning. We tried to refire the appliance to no avail. At 9:30 on a Friday night with an outside temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chills in the low teens, we are faced with a decision. Do we act like wussies and call the repairman to make a Friday night service call at a premium cost, or do we respond like cheapskates and wait until Saturday morning to make the call? If you know us very well, you selected the cheapskate route. Yes, we choose not to call the service people until this morning. Now, our choice was not based so much on bravery of facing a cold night; our choice was based partly on convenience. If we did ask for service last night, the repairman probably would not have made it to our home until 11:00 or 12:00 at night. By that time, we were fast asleep under our warm blankets. Currently, at 8:38 AM on Saturday morning, we are sitting in our home wearing long underwear, warm socks, and sweaters waiting for the repair personnel to come and fix the furnace. The temperature outside is currently 28 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature inside is currently 52 degrees. So was this a convenient time for a furnace breakdown?
Earlier in November, our washer machine stopped functioning properly. This occurred right before Thanksgiving. When things breakdown, I wonder, "Is this a convenient time for the washer to stop working?" Well, there is probably never a convenient time for breakdowns; however, some times are more convenient than others. For example, a friend of ours had a flat tire on a bridge crossing the Mississippi River at St. Louis. Of course, having a flat tire is always an inconvenience, but changing a tire on a bridge over a major body of water sounds frightening to me. In her post last spring, Old Pipes and Easter, I remember Gawilli discussing this very issue of convenience.
As we wait for the furnace fix, I wish for you a warm and pleasant weekend with all of your appliances functioning properly and your car running smoothly.
Update: The furnace man did make to our house around noon on Saturday, and we have been toasty warm for the rest of the weekend.