Oh, water hot!

7 Aug

Sing hey! for the bath at close of day

that washes the weary mud away!

A loon is he that will not sing:

O! Water hot is a noble thing!

O! Sweet is the sound of falling rain,

and the brook that leaps from hill to plain;

but better than rain or rippling streams

is Water Hot that smokes and steams.

O! Water cold we may pour at need

down a thirsty throat and be glad indeed;

but better is Beer, if drink we lack,

and Water Hot poured down the back.

O! Water is fair that leaps on high

in a fountain white beneath the sky;

but never did fountain sound so sweet

as splashing Hot Water with my feet!

— J.R.R. Tolkien, the Fellowship of the Ring, Ch 5.

Our hot water service gave up the ghost on Wednesday. We spent three days with no more hot water than what we could boil on the stove. The replacement unit was installed yesterday, and by this morning we were back in the 21st century.

Oh, glory! A hot shower is the best thing ever!


3 Responses to “Oh, water hot!”

  1. Kate August 8, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    OH glory. sympathies!!!

    • kissmyfrog August 8, 2010 at 9:54 am #

      Yes, my brain’s boot-up sequence requires hot water banging on it in the morning. Sticking my head into a half-full sink of tepid water does not an adequate substitute make. But it’s all better now!

  2. Leonie August 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Oh no, not the hot water system! We had a gas shortage down here a few years ago. Imagine 2-3 weeks of heating your water. By the end I was almost convinced we had a water problem not a gas one! Glad to hear all is well now.

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