At approximately 12:00 p.m. yesterday, just when I was done in the shower, lights went off in the high rise where we live in. It was rather an unusual occurrence because even if there is power outage in all of the boroughs of New York City, the five buildings in our community is powered. Reason being that we have our own (private) power plant.
I surmised it was going to be a quick power outage because I was expecting the high powered generator to kick in just like old days when there were issues that needed repair in the power plant.
I was wrong, the power came back at 4:25 p.m. sans hot water and heat. Apparently, the gasket controlling two boilers failed and the backup generator, while it restored electricity it was unable to provide hot water and heat.
So, go figure. Yes, we haven’t had heat and hot water since 4:25 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) up till now while I’m writing this post at 4:50 p.m. (Thursday). The heat being gone is something my husband and I can take, but not running hot water.
Yesterday, I was very much inclined to rant, complain and rant again. But NO!!!!! I refused to do it. The moment that I thought of the plight of the people in Japan, all that aggravated feelings dissipated.
Instead, I went to work – – – and yes, worked hard I did. The ingenuity of a girl from a third world country kicked in and all I can say is my husband was so amazed with what he saw.
While my husband has been in the Philippines several times, we would stay in my parents house (when we’re in the province) and in my place while in the big city (Makati). He’s never had the chance to see what he saw me do last night. I filled my All-Clad 12 qt. stockpot with water, turned on the stove and boiled the water. I retrieved two pails and one mini basin from storage and set it up in the tub. The only thing missing was a dipper (‘tabo’) so I had to improvise and took one of my roundish Tupperware container. Voila! he had his shower set-up last night. Of course, I did the same thing and only to repeat the same ritual this morning for both of us.
Exciting, isn’t it?
I didn’t want to get upset. I was assured today that everything should be back to normal within the day. That means, there is a chance that we will do the same improvised shower again tonight if their today means until 11:59 p.m. March 17. Ahhh… life.
Update as of 3/17 5:00 p.m.
Replacement of damaged parts is not easy to procure. Engineers/professional contractors have tried to repair the parts but to no avail. No hot water and heat until further notice.