In recent weeks Mila and I have been wondering what we should do with our upcoming economic stimulus rebate. About the only thing we could decide on was that we should actually buy something rather than just squirrel the money away. We agreed that it would be nice to buy something that was made here in America, but then we realized that we really didn't need $600 worth of hamburgers.
Mistress Fortuna rescued us from our indecision last weekend when we discovered that our water heater was kaput. The tank had corroded through and a puddle of water was forming on the garage floor.
To make a long story short:
Price of a new water heater at Home Depot: $259
Charge for the RotoRooter man to hook it up: $459
This is all somehow rather unsatisfying.