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Friday, February 08, 2008

Math-Zone vs. Home-Zone

Other Half lives in Math-Zone, which is several dimensions removed from where the rest of us live. As a consequence, he isn’t that great with Home-Zone. I am the fix-it person, first, because I can actually see when something needs fixing; second, because I either know how to fix it or I will endeavor to find out. Occasionally, I’ll get fed up with being fix-it, and being in the mode of “teach a man to fish and he’ll fish for a lifetime,” I'll encourage Other Half to take on a project.

On Sunday, our furnace’s pilot light went out (maybe it went south.) My first hint was that it was frigid inside the house. The second hint, there was no actual light on inside the furnace. I really didn’t feel like lighting it, so I asked Other Half to do it.

He was having some trouble figuring out how to light it and called for my help. I yelled at him from under my blanket to read the panel for instructions. He couldn't figure it out. I grumbled while shivering--I didn't want to help him. After all, if I was going to get up from my frostbite prevention zone, I might as well have just done it myself. He asked again, and sounded so frustrated, I gave in to his pleas. When I went into the utility room, I found him in front of this:

Yes, trying to light the water heater’s pilot (which was already lit.)

Not this, which is what our FURNACE looks like.

Sigh.

21 comments:

TheMoncurs said...

Honestly? I would have done the same thing as Other Half. I didn't think anything was wrong with that first picture until you pointed out that it's not the furnace. I am ashamed.

fijiangirl said...

I am laughing hysterically only because it exactly what my other half would do! But in his case he was raised in another country where they didn't have either one of those things.

Lindsey said...

ha, ha, ha!

b. said...

can you fix bridges?

Azúcar said...

You know, it might be forgivable, if he hadn't of seen me light the water heater's pilot before, or if, in fact, the phrase "water heater" wasn't written ON THE WATER HEATER seven times (I counted.)

La Yen said...

But he has such a Beautiful Mind...

"Honey! I broke twelve dishes! I guess you don't want me to wash them anymore, right?"

Karen said...

Coming out of lurking to say thanks! It's great to have a great laugh first thing in the morning!

April said...

hahahahaha! I was going to say that I'd probably do the same thing, until you wrote that "water heater" was written on it seven times. But at least you have leverage the next time you make a mistake and he tries to give you flack for it.

nitzwood said...

lol. i love your other half but, good thing he has you! he'd still be freezin' his go-go's off!

i i eee said...

hahahahahaha!

And that's my lame comment for the day.

Amy said...

I can't help notice that both your water heater and furnace feature lovely shades of turquoise. Cool.

Azúcar said...

Actually, that’s NOT our water heater; ours is brown and lives next to the furnace (which is approximately the same furnace as pictured, down to the color.) Since there isn’t even a color resemblance, I’m still scratching my head.

Am'n2deep said...

That is hysterical! I seriously can't stop laughing.

sue-donym said...

I don't know what to say.

cori said...

this really made me laugh. you under the covers...so hilarious.

hi i am cori. friend of brooke.

TOWR said...

People need to start designing sexier furnaces... They're such utilitarian looking things. Where's the pizazz?

compulsive writer said...

That's hysterical. It wouldn't even occur to me to not know which was which.

Tiffany Twisted said...

At least he makes a girl feel needed :)

annette said...

Brilliant and helpless, what a combination! At least he's humble enough to admit he doesn't know what he's doing. It's better than having to call a repair man to fix whatever he could have messed up while trying to cover his ego.

The MomBabe said...

bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Lois said...

I was cracking up at this. Too funny. I must admit that we got a new furnace a few years ago and I got one that doesn't have a pilot light just for this reason.

OK, this is even worse. My brother and his new wife were living in my parents' house while they were on their mission. They froze all winter long because they didn't know you could relight the pilot or that you could just call the gas company if you had problems!!!