Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Then, this evening, when I came home I walked into the apartment to be greeted by the overwhelming smell of gas (and not the kind that my body produces after getting near oregano). I hastened to open a window and checked to see if the stove was off. It was. Knowing no other recourse, I called the gas company and chose the option for a possible gas leak called, "Report an Emergency." It made me feel a bit like Fox News to actually say that, but I did. The woman told me that the technician would be out within the hour and for me not to turn on anything electric that may spark. Wonderful, thought I, I could blow up at any moment. So, what did I do? I showered. If I was going to blow up, at least I would be clean. The technician came out, inspected the stove and immediately announced, "Your pilot light has gone out." Feeling dumb, I said, how do you know? He had me touch the stove and said this part of the stove top should normally be warm. It was cold. He said that anytime that happens you'll smell gas. He went on to say that I should relight the pilot cause if he did it, it would cost me forty dollars. Feeling dumber, I said, "I've never had to do that before, how do I get to the pilot?" He very calmly and patiently lifted up the stove top (which I did not know you could do, and so also discovered a way to clean the spilled tomato soup for a month or so ago) and there were two pilot lights, one flaming, the other one out. I relit it, expending one paper match and saving myself forty dollars. And so, I learned about gas leaks (including a special instrument they use to detect them), and pilot lights and their relighting. You could say I learned that in the world of gas stoves, it is possible to have too much turned off. All in all, an educational day.
Also had a helluva workout at the gym, so I feel good.
Seminaries also need to teach
2. Copier Repair
Maybe a whole additional "vo-tech" year should be added the the seminaries' curriculum? Where I'm doing my field ed we also have a problem of flooding from rain and snow-melt.
They also teach nothing on tuck-pointing, air intakes on an HVAC system, salt ossification, mortar replacement, window replacement, fundraising or anything related to construction.
I got a crash course when I was at Blessed Blanket for which I am eternally grateful wherever my ministry takes me.
I'm glad to hear that my more exciting experiences with old apartment wiring and plumbing are going to be useful in my future ministry!