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Final Dream - Hot Water - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Dec. 18th, 2004

10:18 am - Final Dream - Hot Water

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So then I went back to sleep and had another dream. I think it really is the Gardinera. Normally I keep Gardinera around as a staple and I eat tons of it and normally I have lots of dreams. I haven't been dreaming for months and months. Yesterday I eat some Gardinera and I'm dreaming all night!

In high school I used to purposely eat spicy sandwiches to bring on awesome dreams.

Anyway...it's another hotel dream. This time me and my sister are on some kind of roadtrip or quest or something. We're staying in some random hotel on the way. Some woman that we know but who is definitely annoying us is sitting in the room telling some story. Her story is about how some other women ("bitches" I believe was the word) were wrongfully mad at her because she had shut off the hot water at the bathroom sink. It turns out that the only way to turn off the hot water at the faucet is to turn it off under the sink. The knobs on the faucet were broken. So this woman was just doing her part to conserve. She'd even put up a sign about it but that had gone missing.

While she's telling this incessantly boring story, I have a flash of inspiration. I think that maybe the hot water in THIS room has been on the blink and that I can fix it by playing with the shutoff valve under the sink. As soon as the woman leaves our room I go over to try to fix the hot water. But my sister is Pissed. We get into the kind of sibling screaming tantrum that we haven't had since I was like 13. She says she needs to use the shower and that I'm going to break everything. I say it might already be broken and I'm going to fix it!

But I'm not even sure that it is broken. I'm having a hard time testing my theory. The control for all the water stuff are interrelated and confusing. For some reason the water seems to be affected by the controls on the sink AND in the shower. It flows through some overly complex plumbing. And it takes forever to get hot. So I have to devise a series of complex experiments in order to figure out which valves affect which variables.

In the process I open what is either a small refrigerator (like dorm size) or a cubic hot water heater. I open a door on the front and it is full of water. There is nothing holding the water in, it just spill out. But the water just stays there as if an invisible wall was holding it in place. I stick my hand through the water barrier and it still doesn't spill, I have to reach through the water in order to reach some valve or something in there. I don't have time to wonder about the strange water behavior, assume that there's some bit of surface tension science that I didn't properly remember and that if I could remember it would explain this.

In the end, I fix the hot water. It works correctly and gets hot right away. My sister shrugs, doesn't believe it was ever broken, and kicks me out to take her shower.

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From:zarfmouse
Date:December 18th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
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damn, I figured I had it wrong but I was too groggy to go down to the kitchen and check the jars.

Do you know that while you can buy jars of Scala brand giardiniera at Jewel in the far suburbs of Chicago that it is fundamentally unavailable (any brand) in Champaign-Urbana. A few restraunts will put it on their sorry excuses for Italian Beefs but most people have not heard of it at all. I can't believe that there is food I have to specially import from 2.5 hours away.

My family each gave me a jar of it for my birthday!

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From:zarfmouse
Date:December 18th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
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I had no idea you worked for vienna! That's another thing that is amazingly unavailable in C-U. I'd always thought vienna hot dog packs were universal in the refrigerator case. The only place that had them was Super K-Mart and it went out of business.

I'll have to do a blind taste test because I'm pretty darned brand loyal to Scala for Italian Beef related products.
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From:assclouds
Date:December 19th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC)
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As was discussed in the kitchen earlier - we souls not native to the area think of "snack wieners" whenever "Vienna" is mentioned in relation to meat. Namely, these crazy meat-like things. Alas! Another great Chicago cultural export overshadowed by potted meat product!
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From:the_sween
Date:December 20th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Some people use hallucinogens to get the kind of action you receive from a spicy sandwich. Watch out or the man will make them illegal!
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