Jan. 21st, 2008

HALP!

Jan. 21st, 2008 12:55 am
grammargirl: (annoyed kitty)
So, my ancient toilet appears to be fuxx0red. The last couple times I've tried to flush it, the water level in the bowl has risen near to overflowing, then slowly drained back down to a normal level, but nothing's been flushed away. Now I've got a toilet full of brownish water and toilet paper and I'm not sure how to proceed. My knowledge of toilet mechanics is minimal at best--is this something that I need to call my landlord about, or is it simple enough to fix myself, and if so, how? (Keep in mind that I am hopeless when it comes to these things--if there's an obvious solution to this that anyone with the slightest shred of intelligence would know, please assume I haven't already thought of it.)

Please and thanks!
grammargirl: (annoyed kitty)
When last we spoke, I was looking at a toilet bowl full of brown grossness that wouldn't flush. Since I discovered I lacked a plunger too late to go out and acquire one, I decided to try someone's plan-B suggestion and try flushing the bowl out using a bucket of water. This did nothing but raise the water back up to an alarming level, but by the time I went to bed it had gone back down again and I figured I'd buy a plunger first thing in the morning, and I'd just have to remember to toss my toilet paper and not flush if I had to pee overnight. Except then I woke up in the middle of the night needing to go, only to discover that the water, all by itself, had creeped back up almost to the rim of the bowl. When i got up this morning, I discovered that the water had stayed constant at a level that can only be described as "Oh, NO." It being, I suspect, too late for a plunger at this point, I called my landlord.

On the upside, he didn't give me a hard time at all, didn't hem and haw or tell me I'd have to wait a couple days or refuse to do anything until he'd taken a look himself or do any of the things that shitty landlords do. He just told me he'd call a plumber right then. I forget this sometimes, because I so rarely actually need him for anything, but my landlord is awesome.

So anyway. It's looking like I may be spending most of my MLK day waiting for the plumber to show up, which is sad, but I can't say I really mind being inside and cozy on a freezing day like today. I'll only be really upset if it gets in the way of knitting this evening. Neither rain, nor snow, nor a sludge-filled toilet, will keep me from starting the endpaper mitts tonight!
grammargirl: (vintage knitting)
I am currently talking to two friends on IM. One is in Australia, the other is in Botswana. It is tomorrow in both places. So either I am talking to two people in the future, or they are talking to me in the past, or both at the same time. It's all very confusing, and also kind of magical.

Also, I just now finished the Monkey Socks That Would Not Die. Pictures forthcoming as soon as I figure out a way to tastefully photograph my own feet. The cat really needs to work on evolving opposable thumbs so she can help me out in these situations.

ETA: Sock pix are up on Ravelry, for the five of you with accounts. I'll try to remember to post them on el jay for the rest of you when it is not almost two in the morning.

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