Weekend: Reclamation Of Time Stolen
On two shows that I can think of, the size of the water heater in the house was used as a telltale sign of wealth (or the lack thereof).
On The Sopranos, there was an episode where the cops took photos of Tony’s basement as a prelude to plant a bug in the house. As they looked at the photos to determine which item to replace with an identical listening device, the cops discussed Tony’s HUGE water heater. I remember them taking turns complaining about the size of their own paltry water heaters (“I’ve got three girls. I haven’t had a hot shower in years.”) and pointing out that the rust on the Sopranos’ water heater was a surefire indicator that the water heater would soon give up the ghost. Indeed, before the end of the episode, the water heater dumped out its water and Tony had to get a new (equally huge) one.
On Breaking Bad, the first episode showed a scene at the breakfast table where Flynn complained about how they needed a bigger water heater so he could have hot showers and mom explained that he should get up earlier. “Maybe we should buy a new water heater”, he suggested in response. Later on, the water heater even gives up the ghost.
This is one of those things that I saw but never UNDERSTOOD before last weekend.
Well, I have a new water heater now. It’s less than half the size of Tony Soprano’s 120 gallon one. The internet doesn’t say how large/small the Whites’ water heater was, but I’m assuming that it wasn’t a particularly large one.
So I’m concluding that my new water heater is bigger than the one on Breaking Bad and smaller than the one on The Sopranos.
Which means that this upcoming weekend might just allow me to do more than sit in the basement watching over 7 or 8 industrial fans. It’s time to pick up cat litter and it’s always time to get groceries (but we picked up stuff from Costco in the middle of this week) so there is not a particularly high load of errands to run. We did last week’s laundry really late (I finished the last load Wednesday night!) so the laundry load is a lot lighter as well.
As such, maybe I’ll get some of the free time back this weekend that was stolen last weekend… stolen like from a guy in the mafia and a meth dealer. Or something. (That was my best attempt to tie everything together on short notice.)
So… what’s on your docket?
(Featured image is “peril on a hot water heater” by Jennifer Boyer. Used under a creative commons license.)