Wednesday, February 25, 2015

heat in the house

This morning, the low rumble of what used to sound like a Sikorsky jet engine emanating from the basement is gone. Instead, the radiators are giving off reassuring can-do clicks and hisses but there is no roar from afar.

Yesterday, the plumbers came and installed a new boiler in the basement -- something to replace the old battleship of a furnace that bit the dust last Friday. The job is not yet complete -- and there is the question of precisely how much of a financial bullet we will have to bite -- but for the moment there is heat in the house.

Some part of me -- some long, long habit -- feels at a loss without the smooth rumble that would rise up when the heat went on. It's "better" of course, but sometimes "better" doesn't really feel better.


  1. When asked by one of his kids what all this buddhist suffering was about, my teachers husband answered, "Everybody you know and love will die. How's that for suffering?" I imagine this is true of things as well as familiar conditions and abilities.

  2. It’s good that the plumbers have finally installed that new boiler. You wouldn’t want to go through a cold season without one. And I understand your sentiment about the low rumble by your old boiler, but I’m sure that you’ll be able to adjust in no time. Anyway, I hope everything is well with you guys. Good day!

    Randall Rogers @ R.J. Mechanical