Friday, February 24, 2012

Step by step instructions for surviving a shower with an electric shower head.....makes me smile

If you ever heard your mother yell "Get back in that shower!!!   You can't possibly be clean yet!!", I'm about to tell you to forget about it.   Erase it from your mind.   Vanish.   Gone.   Your mother probably never took a shower with an electric shower head to be known from this point on as a suicide shower head.  There is a right way and a wrong way.   I've been doing this for a couple of months and I feel I am now an expert.

The wrong way

It is essential to get the pressure right.   Too little pressure and it's cold.   Too much pressure and you can see in the illustration it's just wrong.   The water goes out from time to time in Vilcabamba.  A lot of the time, ironically, it is because there has been too much rain and the pipes break.   Water, water everywhere but not a drop to bathe.   I know that's not the original lyrics but it is apropos here.   I'm lucky enough where I'm living now that I have a big, blue reserve tank but when the water through the pipes is off, water pressure in the tank is so low, it will not heat in the suicide shower head.   When you really REALLY need a shower, it's akin to giving a snickers bar to a chocoholic in a locked clear glass case that is unbreakable.  Watching that water dribble from the shower head, checking every 3 minutes hoping something gets warm is a tantalizing tease.

Big blue tank.   High hopes.   Low expectations.

A friend of mine once told me a story about THEIR suicide shower head incident.   Two family members tried to take a shower at the same time in different showers.  Unfortunately, suicide shower heads are not wired to accommodate the use of more than more than one shower since they use lamp cord for wiring.  Maybe that's why smoke started pouring from the outside meter boxes.

Suicide shower head

I may or may not be the only one who needed a shower.  Now I have to catch him.

He smelled as bad as he looked.