Tuesday, 6 January 2015

When men were men and ...

Living with mother and daughter has its upsides and its downsides in the current cold weather. One of the great ironies of living in Cyprus is that for nine or even ten months of the year, you have free hot water on tap (courtesy of the omnipresent solar heating of water) and for most of that time all you want is a cold shower or three to cool down. In the winter months, if you are lucky, the sun will shine and hot water will be available later in the day. But, with this sudden cold snap, it is necessary to use the immersion heater. We have a time switch on ours which enables you to switch it on for 30 minutes, 60 minutes or 120 minutes. Most days a 30 minute top-up suffices, but not yesterday.

I went for a shower and found the water not really warm enough. This precipitated a barrage of criticism and banter about not having run the water for long enough and my manhood was questioned. But today, after a very cold night, Ann switched on the heater for 30 minutes and went for a shower. She emerged seconds later to switch the immersion heater on for another 30 minutes. Then, it became apparent, that Becky S. had bottled out of showering and only stuck her head under the shower to wash her hair.

An apology of sorts was forthcoming and it has been unilaterally decided that the immersion heater now needs to be switched on for 60 minutes. The delights of family life know no bounds.

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