Mother nature created quite a balancing act this year. On the one hand, it looks like Jack’s first Christmas will be a white one. Outstanding! On the other hand, the temp has been so far below freezing that a water pipe busted at 3am on Sunday. Definitely NOT outstanding!
I have to give credit where it’s due here, as I was immensely impressed by the City of Bellevue who not only had the decency to answer my wee morning call with a live body, but sent a crew out within 15 minutes to shut off the water main at the street. They helped keep a nasty situation from becoming truly disastrous given that the previous owner of our house, in an epically boneheaded move, had buried the water shut-off valve behind drywall – something we didn’t discover until days later. Anyway, all that “fun” is worth a separate story.
Let’s just say, this isn’t the type of thing you want to see on the outside of your house:
And though I can’t stand shameless plugs, I have to give one here. Right after the 3am call to the city, the 3:30am call to Beacon Plumbing went out. Not only did the owner answer the phone himself (evidence of how much volume the weather was creating), he guaranteed a crew would be out by 7am – something no one else would do, if they even bothered to answer the phone. I almost felt guilty when the guys had to spend another hour digging their truck out of our driveway.