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Erin’s Very Exciting Thanksgiving Adventure

Erin’s Very Exciting Thanksgiving Adventure published on 1 Comment on Erin’s Very Exciting Thanksgiving Adventure

It was a disaster. But an exciting one!

I drove home. Normally this is an eight-hour drive, but I have mono [yes, still], so I stopped twice to nap.

Rest stops are not very comfortable places to sleep.

In the last our of the drive, I was tired enough that I cut someone off. [Bump!] I don’t recommend it.

My family is still in England, thousands of miles away, so there was no food in the house.

The router had gotten confused, so there was no Internet connection. [Hello? World?]

Oh, but best of all…the heat wasn’t working. [Come on, get warmer than fifty-five…]

I called a family friend…[Can you email my parents to let them know I’m not dead, and to call me?]

…scavenged for blankets, and slept on the floor in the warmest room in the house.

[This is a furnace.]

The next day, with parental guidance via phone, I went to investigate the furnace. The pilot light was out, and nothing could convince it to be lit again. (I did have hot water, so I could take showers.)

I warmed up the house a little bit by cooking. [Macaroni!] But it never got over 65 (Fahrenheit).

We have this electric kettle that automatically boils water. After we got the Internet connection back up, I filled the kettle, boiled the water, and spent most of the rest of the break huddled around it in a little makeshift nest of blankets. With my computer, of course. Three days later… [Witch Hunter Robin]

…I got photos of the furnace and sent them across the pond. The verdict: This little screw needed to be like this

I turned it, and tried to light the pilot again. [Score!]

So I got to spend one warm night before the flight back to college. (After all that, it’s a good thing I wasn’t driving.)

1 Comment

Tommygunner70 on Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:45 am

Oh boy… i read todays entry, and well…
it made me laugh really, normally you would try turning those screws before you give up. (No offence there Erin.)

well i’m glad to see that you made it by smart thinking šŸ˜‰

Atticus_blackwolf on Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:57 am

Poor baby! And you still have mono. That must have been horrible!

Frey on Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:05 am

I give my sympathies.

SailorPtah on Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:33 pm

I’ve never messed with a furnace before. I don’t know which screws are safe to turn and which lead to gas pouring out into the house ^_~

t was an adventure. That’s the way to think of it.

Like camping, without the bugs. And with Internet. (That’s very important.)

Romanticide on Sun Dec 02, 2007 9:26 pm

Murphy law’s just decided to have fun with you on the weekend… let’s hope from now on everything works out to you.
At first I was confused as why you could return home and return to college so quickly… but then I read more clossely and saw the thanksgiving sign XD You get Turkey while we get end of semester stress. >.<

Mrrout on Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:44 am

murphy’s law…
is it the law that says:” if something can fuck off, then it will”
in france we call it LEM: loi de l’emmerdemment maximal (law of maximal shit)
LEM says: the bread will always fall on the marmelade side, it’s when you light up your cigarette than the bus arrives, and you always take a bus ticket with you, except the day when your car is stolen, and so on….
is it the same thing?

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