Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lucho con la ducha (Battle with the Shower)

Okay, I try to stay positive about my experiences here in Chile because seriously I do love it here. The weather has been nice and HOT, there is always some place new to explore and visit and things are so much cheaper (2 pounds of fresh, juicy strawberries for 75 cents) But right now I really need to vent about my daily battle that makes me question if living here is really worth it. My enemy = the calefont!

Oh yeah, it looks innocent, doesn´t it? It is NOT. For those of you who have experienced a calefont before, I know you are on my side. For those of you who are innocent to how evil this machine really is, let me explain.

Chile is really a very developed country but when it comes to heating water, that´s where it all goes downhill. A calefont is used with propane gas to heat water when you need it for showering, washing dishes, etc. Sounds like a resourceful tool, doesn´t it? Well, don´t be fooled. My daily showering routine now includes twisting the cold knob a few degrees so that the water is tolerable for approximately 8 seconds before it gets too cold for comfort. I then twist the knob the other way, waiting for my 8 seconds of tolerable water again before it gets too hot. (Scalding hot some would say...) And it goes back and forth, back and forth until I finally decide to just give up.

Now, I´m not looking for sympathy. I know that I chose to move here and leave all those wonderful water heaters behind. I´m just venting in a public manner and reminding you to all be grateful for the water heaters in your lives. Treat them well. Give them regular check ups. And remember that it could be worse!

13 comments:

Carlos and Janese said...

Haha, yes I don't miss the califont...Luckily if I end up in Brazil we have electric water heaters....basically the same principle but a little more consistent.

Katy said...

Just for that, I'll be sure to give my water heater a little goodnight squeeze before I go to bed!!! Nothing is more irritating than a finicky shower! Good luck!

Lindsey said...

Oh, the califont days! I do not envy you! I hope it all works out for you!

Hillary said...

Oh goodness! I am thankful for a HOT shower, especially after reading this. You are a MUCH better person than I, Beck.

Kayla said...

Well I had no idea what a califont was, but now I do and I found it very humerous! Ha, ha! Enjoy your showers, because now I'm gonna enjoy mine even more.

Michelle said...

I'll take an extra long hot shower for ya tonight. :-)

TheSmithLife said...

Becky I'm so sorry- a hot shower is really one of the greatest things ever... I hope you have a warm cozy bathrobe to get into afterward at least. I'll add 'a warm shower for Becky' to my Christmas list.

ashley gillespie said...

mom, i just wanted you to know that i am obsessed with you and picasso. i miss you dearly, and i hope to talk to you soon.

Brian and Carly said...

Totally on your side! The match thing. The outside thing. The dog thing. Has to be a dog in the process right or it wouldn't be Chile.

Grammy Ludwig said...

maybe you would be better off with the hose or a lake?
love you!

erin said...

I don't blame you my dear. I would be furious every single day. Miss you.

Elicia said...

When you decided to move to Chile I thought that would be AWESOME and I was jealous until I thought about the califont...then I thought maybe not...lol

DREW said...

I never take such short showers as when I am out of the country! And I've stopped bothering with the idea of warm water, I choose to freeze rather then burn.

After all there are bigger problems I face like keeping my mouth shut so I don't drink the water!