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Feast of the Epiphany

Today marks the Feast of the Epiphany, end of the twelve days of Christmas, and Día de los Reyes in Spanish-speaking countries.

This is the customary day for gift exchanges in many Christian cultures because it is the day that the Magi finally arrived in Bethlehem with their totally inappropriate gifts after putzing around for over a week because they didn’t want to ask for directions.

January 6, 2010   14 Comments

Plumbing Update

Well, I was right to wait, because nothing surrendered to anything smaller than the 18-inch pipe wrench, and the union that supposed to make this quick and easy, still didn’t surrender.

Instead of 15 minutes, it took an hour and a half, not counting going to the hardware store for a new union, and some new pipe. In the cold, nothing wanted to move because of the contraction, and the heat gun didn’t convince it.

Fortunately there was a convenient bit of pipe to cut through, and an added set of hands to convince parts to line up so they could be tightened.

The valve broke internally, which is sort of weird to see a ¼-in brass rod just snapped off like that, although I do remember seeing a large pair of Channel-Locks in the hands of the computer tech, and I don’t think he uses them for setting DIP switches.

January 6, 2010   7 Comments