Friday, May 9, 2008


...And the livin' is hot! And not in a Magnum PI-meets-Rhett-Butler daydream kind of way. No, children, yesterday we passed a local milestone: not having to turn on the hot water in order to have a hot shower.

Here's the deal. Water, in these parts, is stored in a large tank on the roof. It's not something that makes a whole lot of sense designwise, given the fierceness of the sun, as it means that once the summer heat starts, cool water becomes a thing of the past. With temperatures yesterday topping 110 Fahrenheit, by 10:00 a.m., all our tap water was nice and toasty.

Some people respond by turning off the hot water heater and using it as a reservoir of at least tepid water, but for Mr. Muscato and I, that won't work, as our hot water heater is also on the roof, also in the blazing sun. It becomes a choice between hot and hotter and, by June, of simply not being able to shower between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. We run a tub and wait for it to cool down...

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