I am pleased to report that the hot water heater issue was resolved today. After talking with our claim handler at the insurance company this morning, we decided to let a second contractor who specializes in hot water heater installation come by and see what they could do. They showed up at around 12:30pm. I told them my tale of water heater woe. They immediately almost literally said "What the f---?!? You mean they showed up, did some upgrades, tried to install this new water heater, and left you hanging by re-installing the old one??? That is unprofessional. This new one will fit. You just need to cut a couple inches off the legs of the stand." They called the main office to see what they would be charging to clean up this mess, called the insurance company to make sure that it was covered, and started working. They had the new hot water heater installed and heating up in about 45 minutes.
We have a washer and dryer arriving on Sunday, so I spent the rest of the afternoon clearing space in the garage for them. I also started putting together a gas grill that we bought a couple weeks ago... I am anticipating some nice evenings on our covered patio with freshly grilled food.
After that, I just crashed. I got about three hours of sleep last night because of all my anxiety about the hot water heater. I had a little dinner, put The Matrix in the DVD player, had some good Zinfandel, and just stretched out on the sofa.
One of the things I always look forward to during a move is that first moment of peace after the move is over where you can lay down and think "ok... I've done enough... I don't need to do anything for while." I found that moment of peace tonight. I've been looking for it for about three weeks. I'm glad it's finally here.
on 2007-10-19 at 10:17 p.m.
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