Thank God for the interwebs.

For the past few weeks, whenever I flushed the toilet, my pipes have sounded like hell with a bunch of shaking. I thought it was off, but I figured it would go away in a day or so.

It didn’t.

Looking into it at first, I mistakenly read the noise was fine, but the more I thought about it, them more I figured that’s just not right. This was a new problem. My pipes had never made this noise. So a few nights ago I finally knuckled down to look into the issue. I dreaded doing so, though, as I didn’t want to pay a plumber to come in and fix something. Especially if it meant cutting into my walls to do so. God, the money that would come out of my pocket.

(Very) luckily for me, it turned out to be something really simple to fix; something called a water hammer. To be honest, I still don’t really understand what a water hammer is, but this kind of explains it:

Water hammer is a specific plumbing noise, not a generic name for pipe clatter. It occurs when you shut off the water suddenly and the fast-moving water rushing through the pipe is brought to a quick halt, creating a sort of shock wave and a hammering noise. Plumbing that’s properly installed has air chambers, or cushions, that compress when the shock wave hits, softening the blow and preventing this hammering. The chambers can fail, though, because water under pressure gradually absorbs the air. (Source: https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/plumbing/how-to-fix-pipes5.htm)

The fix? Turn off the main water, open up all of your faucets/washing machine/etc. and flush your toilets (basically get all the water out), and then turn back on the water.

This seemed to easy and I did it expecting the worst but hoping for the best. However, much to my surprise and glee, it did work. The first flush I did after turning the water back on I heard no noise, but I expected that to be a fluke. But it’s been a few days and still no more pipes rattling around. I’m so happy over this. I just keep thinking that if this was pre-internet, I would have paid a few hundred dollars for a plumber to turn it off and back on again. Fuck yeah, internet.

Oh, and the noise on my wall? Still gone. It was most definitely the cable box. I haven’t sent it back yet, but I’m pretty sure I will. I’m just going to take my TiVo from my bedroom and hook it up, since I never use my TiVo upstairs. Then I’m gonna send that cable box back and save $15 or $20 a month.

Unrelated (other than “BANG” in the title), Babylon A.D. was a great band in the ’80s (or maybe early ’90s) who I always felt never got the exposure they deserved. They also have another great song that would relate to this post called “Hammer Swings Down”.

Million dollar idea being ignored.

So I posted this on Twitter a while back and even tagged the respective parties, but no one bit. Which I just don’t understand why not, since this idea is pretty damn good if I don’t say so myself, and more than doable.

When I’m cooking, cleaning, or dicking around at home, I usually throw on Law & Order: SVU because it’s one of those shows that provides perfect background noise and is procedural enough that you can jump in at any time and have no problem figuring out what’s going on. The episode which gave me this idea is one where an old partner of Tutola’s (Ice T) showed up and they worked a case together. I got to thinking…

Hear me out. What if another partner of Tutola showed up named…oh, I don’t know, let’s say Detective Peretti. And Peretti needed Tutola’s help in finding an old drug kingpin from their past who is now suspected of rape. We’ll call this guy…hmm…Nino Brown.

While Tutola and Peretti are on the hunt for Brown, they run into their old boss, Stone, who gives them a hand.

The parts will naturally be played by:

  • Peretti – Judd Nelson
  • Brown – Wesley Snipes
  • Stone – Mario Van Peebles

How awesome would it be to have a mini-New Jack City reunion on Law & Order: SVU? And it’s more than doable. I’m quite sure you can get these actors reasonably for one episode. Maybe even work in Pookie (Chris Rock) somehow.

Okay, maybe tens of dollars idea being ignored, but still.

I am my brother’s keeper.

What is old is new again.

Well, I renewed the domain and host for another year on this site and every time I do this, I promise I’ve got to get better at posting. And I generally fail.

That said, I’m a LOT better than I was for years. I mean, I didn’t post for what? Well over a year? Now I’m doing about once a month. That’s an improvement, I say. I should go for twice a month. Double it up and really impress people.

Some things I definitely need to do, though, are:

  • Move my Metro Reading posts to a new page here. Since I went to a different server, I can’t have “two” blogs. That’s fine though. I can barely keep one.
  • Delete/clean up old pages.
  • Decide whether or not to link my reviews here. That’s a lot of work. So I probably won’t.

I know I always say I need to write more, and I do, but I really need to write more. I notice a significant change in my review writing when I’m frequently updating this blog. So I either need to update this more or do more reviews, but I think if I update this more, the “do more reviews” part will naturally follow. So there will be more of me out there, which is something everyone wants.

The video below has nothing to do with anything. I just love the band and their videos Kick. Ass.

Well that almost sucked.

After spending a great weekend with my family, I came home the night of Christmas, eager to do a whole bunch of nothing other than making a list of some things I want to knock out this week (something I want to try more of in the coming year, using lists to stay organized). But that entire plan fell to the wayside when I heard a loud buzzing sound when the heat kicked in that I at first thought was coming from my vent.

I slammed the vent cover around, thinking it was vibrating on something, but to no avail. So I went down to the basement and I immediately knew that it wasn’t coming from the vent, but the furnace itself. This immediately stressed me out for a variety of reasons. 1.) It was Christmas, so it was going to be a long night because I was not having someone come out on Christmas. I have an electric fan and an electric blanket; I’d survive. 2.) This furnace is 6 months old. I still owe thousands on it. What the fuck.

So flipped it on and off and it didn’t come back on. Fuck. But wait, it did kick back on about 15 minutes later, but it was still making that sound, so I just turned it off for the night.

I called the folks who I got the furnace from (who is a REALLY great company), and to my surprise, someone answered. I fully expected to leave a message. He said he’d send someone out between 10 and 12 the next day. I was cool with that.

Today I got a call at like 8:50, saying he’d be there by 9:10. No complaint there.

Dude shows up, heads downstairs, I turn the furnace back on, and leave him to his work. I don’t hover.

10 – 15 minutes later, the furnace kicked in, but no buzz. I walk downstairs and ask if he fixed it already, and he said no. Fuck. Oh, no, no fuck, because the noise kicked in. Good.

A few hours later, the tech (and shit if I forgot his name, but he’s a really nice guy — he either owns the company or is one of the managers) came back upstairs and said it was all fixed. I asked what happened and he said a bunch of words I didn’t understand (now I know what users think when I tell them how I fixed their computer) and said it’s all good now. I asked how much I owed, and he gave me the best possible answer, “Nothing. This is under warranty still.”

Merry Christmas to me!

Kind of related, but this HD version of Do They Know it’s Christmas looks great:

My job takes care of its employees.

Note, this was written back in June but never published.

I love a lot of things about my job, especially the travel aspect of it. Not only do I get to some pretty cool cities on occasion, the hotels we get put up in are generally 5-star.

This weekend I worked in DC for an event for our firm. Since I was doing a long shift on Saturday, followed by an early shift on Sunday, I was given the option to crash locally instead of driving home then coming back so soon. Fortunately for me, the hotel I was put up in, the Park Hyatt, upgraded me to a suite due to the fact that there was construction on one side of the building and they wanted to keep their guests happy.

Holy.

Shit.

This is in the top 5 hotels I’ve been in. It had a sizable living (?) room, nice bed, and a glorious bathroom. Not to mention the restaurant it uses for room service is a Michelin Rated one. I’m not sure what that means, but I understand it’s fancy.

God I love my job.