I guess it’s one of those, “Be careful what you wish for” things, right? Woke up at 9 o’clock this morning per alarm, went to the bathroom per SOP, and the toilet tank wasn’t refilling. Turned on the tap and got the barest trickle of water. Called the apartment manager. It appeared the city had turned off the water because they were working on the water main and said they would “probably” have the water back on by 5 p.m.
So, I did what any normal person would do. I went back to sleep. (This might have had something to do with the fact that I’d made the mistake of starting a book at 10 o’clock at night again, it was good, and I wasn’t paying attention to the time and finished reading the book at 5 a.m.). Slept all day, as a matter of fact. Woke up briefly in the afternoon because the cellphone under my pillow was playing a funny tune. (The battery had run completely down, which was strange because it was fully charged on Monday.) And the water was still off. Put the charger on my cellphone and went back to sleep. Woke up again at 6:40 p.m. The water was still off. Too late now to call the apartment manager (she goes home at 5:30 p.m.) to find out what the deal was.
They’ve been having trouble with the swimming pool (such as it is), which is over behind the office, and there’s been a big open ditch next to the office with tape around it, which probably has something to do with the swimming pool, but the problem with the water main is a city problem, and I’m not sure the two are related. Of course, you can’t get anybody at the city after “normal business hours” either so there’s no way I can find out what’s going on until tomorrow morning.
I’ve got drinking water. I’ve got a half gallon bottle of water I keep in my fridge, and I’ve got some water still in the reverse osmosis tank under my sink. But I’ve got no toilet flushing water. If I’d known ahead of time they were going to shut the water off, I could have filled up my bathtub and filled the toilet tanks as necessary with a bucket of water from the bathtub. Sigh.
Also, when I took my cell phone off the charger, it said “Emergency Calls Only.” I called Consumer Cellular — my bill is not due until Saturday, so I knew it wasn’t that. I had a full charge, so I knew it wasn’t the battery. So, I called Consumer Cellular on my land line to see what the deal was. We tried turning the phone off and back on. No joy. I got transferred to tech support, and got a very pleasant and helpful tech lady. We tried taking the battery out and putting it back in. No joy. I was able to copy my phone book to the SIM card, which I wasn’t sure I had done, so when we did a hard reboot of the phone I didn’t lose my phone book. That solved the problem. I did learn that I shouldn’t be keeping my cellphone under my pillow, which the tech lady said you should not do because this does not allow heat to dissipate and, as we all should know, heat is a microelectronics killer. This might have been part of my problem this time. At least the phone still works, so I don’t have to get a new phone. I’ll have to start keeping it someplace else I can reach from my bed, like maybe in my night stand drawer.
So, as of 8 o’clock at night, I’ve solved exactly half of the issues I had when I woke up. I’ve used one toilet twice and one toilet once. I suppose I could go to Walmart and buy a bunch of 1-gallon bottles of water — at a buck a bottle. At least I could flush my toilets before the smell becomes overpowering. And depending upon how long this waterless issue drags on, I could take the empties over to my mom’s and fill them up from her hose(pipe) again . . . Today is payday, and I can get to my money after midnight, I need to shop groceries anyway, and Walmart is open 24/7 . . . .
Also, under the general category of annoyances and aggravations, I’ve gone through three weather widgets in as many weeks. My Yahoo weather widget quit working (they’ve evidently stopped the webpage it was drawing its weather from) and then I found a desktop weather gadget I like which worked initially, then quit working. Now I’ve got a Weather Bug, which I don’t like (for one thing, it stays on my task bar not my desktop and you have to do stuff to it to be able to read it, and it’s big and busy when you open it up to see the weather), but which works. I’ve also got an Accuweather gadget which shows the temperature range, a general weather icon and the current temperature (which is 91 F/37.2 C at nearly 9 o’clock, BTW), but which you have to click on to see the 5-day forecast. The Yahoo widget, which I really liked, showed you the 5-day forecast, as well as the current conditions, at a glance. There are all sorts of gadgets out there, but they’re either for android devices, iDevices or Windows 8 or 10 (which don’t work on Windows 7, of course). AAARGH!
Update: As of 9 pm, I now have water. They didn’t get it turned back on until after 8 o’clock. I had to call the maintenance emergency number to find out about it.