This horrible little machine came to live in the apartment yesterday morning.
Yes, of course you don’t think it looks that horrible. It’s not in your shower.
Before….I mean before the 20-year old hot water heater gasped its last gasp…we had an “analog” display on the thing. It was a little knob that was a pain in the ass to turn, and sort of vaguely suggested how much hot water you might get if you turned it. It took a day or two to understand how far to turn, but now that I have been here a few years, I had it down to an art. And then the old heater had to go and die.
Just so you understand: I have a standard practice in the shower – I guess like most people. Get in, lather up hair with shampoo. Scrub scrub, rinse. Apply hair conditioner. Multitask while the conditioner works on the hair – shave legs, etc. and then scrub body and face. Rinse off everything. Get out. Process takes…I don’t know…7 minutes or so. Maybe 8? By my calculation…a very reasonable time. I like nice HOT water, except if I have just worked out and am hot as it is….
So the thing is…this little innocent digital display tells me exactly how many liters of water I have consumed (at a certain temperature.) And it is one thing to take an 8 minute shower and NOT TO KNOW. It is another thing completely to take an 8 minute show and to know you have consumed 65 LITERS of water in that 8 minutes. Damn thing probably needs some calibration.
So terrible. I don’t know what I will do. I don’t really want to take a shorter shower. I DO NOT DRIVE A CAR. I RECYCLE. Argh!