Why does everyone in the house always want to take their shower at exactly the same time? I really don’t know, but it happens all too often. When you are in the mood to feel that hot pampering spray, someone is singing away, mindless of your needs. Due to the water force and their elevated vocals, they don’t hear you begging them to get on with it, and get out. It may be time to get a new jumbo-size hot water heater, maybe a tankless one so you are not limited in any way.
Hot water is a luxury when you don’t live alone as you can’t control usage. You are at the mercy of other, sometimes thoughtless people, those who like to hog. You can’t really get mad about it. You, yourself, have done it many times. It’s hard to take a quick one after a hard session at the gym. Your muscles need that soothing steam.
So the great shower rush goes on in my house. How about yours? It could be a matter of some roommates who live by their own clocks or a single family of five to seven people. That’s all it takes to clog the line outside the door. Wouldn’t it be nice to take yours when you want and be assured of plenty of hot water? Yes, it would.
I have great roommates so I don’t want to complain. They really are oblivious about the size of the tank because there isn’t one that they can see. They think hot water goes on forever in any case. As with many rental properties, we certainly don’t have the best water heater or shower fixtures. For some reason I often get the short end of the liquid stick. Should I forego? Should I take mine at the gym in less than perfect conditions? No. I will wait until the heating system is cranking out the requisite gallons that my aching back needs.
The joys of communal living are many. There is always someone to talk to, to have a drink or meal with, and to share the ups and downs of life. The younger you are, the more I think you need this, so I am told. Later on when everyone goes solo or gets married, the salad days of youth are over. So I am enjoying the camaraderie while it lasts and should shut up about the showers already.
If you haven’t experienced this kind of life, you are truly missing out. Not on the showers, I mean, but on the friendships that develop and can last a lifetime. They say that your buddies at my age are closer to you than those you have later in life. It takes time and effort to spark and grow connections, and people get busy and preoccupied. They have too many obligations at work or with their families to stop and become someone’s friend.
So given all this verbiage, a kind of paean to youthful friendship, I will now stop griping about showers and take my turn like everyone else. The benefits of good relationships far outweigh the few drawbacks, don’t you think?