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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Good morning crew,

The money pit is starting to get hungry again.

Ever since three repair guys came out to look at the house furnace last year, and all of them kind of shrugging their shoulders at us and saying 'good luck', the wife and I have basically been waiting for the thing to fail.

This winter we have been lucky up until recently. In the last week or so the thing will just randomly stop working. I will come home in the afternoon and discover it is 59 degrees in the house. The odd thing is I can get the furnace working again by restarting it. That is; turning the kill switch on and off. That is the same game we were playing with the thing last year, too.

But getting up in the middle of the night to run down to the basement and fiddle with the furnace does not make a person feel safe and secure about their living conditions, so I asked the wife to make an appointment for the repair guy to come out this morning.

She emailed me about 8:30 and told me he would be there any minute.

"Did you get everything ready for him?" I asked her.

She wrote, "Yep, I emptied out the furnace room and put on my skimpiest lingerie."

"Sounds good," I told her. "Keep me posted."

So I just heard back from her.

I thought for sure this time we would be getting a new furnace, but the wife said the repair guy thought he identified the problem.

"He said the furnace is over-heating," she said.

"Isn't the entire point of a furnace to get hot?" I asked.

"Not if there is nowhere for the heat to go. He said we had a clogged discombobulator valve. That and we have too many vents closed."

"So he thinks the entire problem was caused by a dirty valve and a couple of closed vents?" I asked.

"Yeah. He says we just have a sensitive furnace."

But somehow I'm not convinced a 'sensitive furnace' is the real problem. But for the time being I guess I'll just try not to hurt its feelings and see how things go. It's cheaper than dropping four thousand bucks, anyway.

"And how did he like the lingerie?" I asked finally.

"Loved it," she told me. "He said he's got the exact same outfit except in red."

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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