November 7th, 2004

hat, tophat, Evan, 2019

Heatless in Portland

It's been cold. I don't mean outside, although it probably is there too, but in my apartment. Something wasn't right with the heat. Unfortunately, it's a radiant heat system with the boiler in the basement, and I have no control over it. I could spin the dial on my thermostat as much as I want. It didn't make any difference.

Yesterday I went out to breakfast with drarwenchicken, and when I came home, it was 61° (American) in my apartment. A call was made to the Landlord. The nice repair person was here within the hour, and reported that the wires to the pump that sends heated water squooshing over my ceiling had been disconnected. Nobody knows why (pixies, maybe?). He reattached them.

Last night my little home was gloriously warm, although noisier. At night I could hear the clicks, ticks, pops, and gurgles across the ceiling. I'm sure I'll get used to it, and stop noticing, but last night was like sleeping in a big tent during a light rain. Except it was warm, and I didn't have to worry about being eaten by cows in my sleep.
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hat, tophat, Evan, 2019


I'm not a journalist, so I have no ethical responsibility to be factual, but I did want to make a correction from a previous entry. Last month I posted a meme about Things I Have That My Friends Do Not, and I mentioned having been to Lawton, Oklahoma. I was somewhat critical. Today I received an Anonymous comment challenging my stated opinion, and I had to reconsider. Was I being too harsh?

To be fair, I was in Oklahoma back in the 1980's, which is like an entirely different Millenium! Who can remember clearly that far back? It's still true that I've been to Lawton and I'm quite sure my Friends haven't. However, the place I MEANT to talk about was ALTUS, Oklahoma, a much smaller town west of Lawton. That's the town of involuntary citizenry I intended to specify.

If anyone views the City of Lawton Home Page, one can easily see it is a place of strong community, culture, and rich history. It's a city unafraid of taking a stand against the ownership of monkeys, elephants, and rhinoceroses (Section 5-1-111 of the Lawton City Code). One can indeed find anything you could possibly need or want, as long as you don't want sushi, Indian food, a Buddhist temple or treatment by a naturopath. I would quote their motto, except they don't seem to have one. Still, my apologies to all the good citizens of Lawton, OK who live there of their own free will (and all those who live in Altus by choice (if there are any)).

As for having more information before I form an opinion, let me point out that I'm an American, and it's our right to voice strong opinions, no matter how ignorant or erroneous they may be! It's what we do! Why else would we have developed the Internet?