You knew it was coming. The Big Talk about everything water heater. Previous big talks in my life usually centered around what was expected of you on the ranch. Things like if you fall off your horse, you better figure out how to get back on, because if the cattle get away, you will be in BIG TROUBLE!! I may have told you this story before.
I learned to shinny up that horse's leg like a pro and plop myself back in the saddle. There was once however ......... my favorite horse Polly was getting on in years. Even so, she was still fast as lightning. We took off after a couple of calves trying to flee the field, when she stepped in a hole and went down to the ground. I remember every second of that fall. (My first horse here, I was maybe three?)
She landed on my left leg and I couldn't get out from under her. She was able to stand just as my Dad rode up. I of course was covered in tears, thinking I had just died. "Get back on that horse, the cattle are getting away" as he threw me up in the saddle and off we loped at a slightly slower pace. There was no kid coddling in the old days. I figured I was lucky to be alive.
So when it came time for the Big Talk about the HOT WATER HEATER, I was ready Freddy with paper and pencil. Then I called Bill Richards since he works for a company that sells these trailers. I have to be honest, Bill and Patsy Richards have the coolest accents ... I just LOVE talking to them!! So they won the calling lottery this time.
Of course while on the phone, I really needed to be in front of the heater. Remember that lovely screen I put on to keep wasps out? Funny ... with the screen on, you can't open the door. I finally gave it a good yank, which caused the tiny spring to catch in my pinkie cuticle, ripping it wide open from end to end. As the blood dripped to the ground, Bill began the talk.