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Yesterday, I got home to find my house filled with the smell of gas. Actually, I began to smell gas in the street outside my house. I opened the door, and was greeted by the sickly sweet smell of gas redoubled. Like a ninja, I sprang into action! I ran through the house to the stove, but finding that the gas dials were in the 'off' position, and that the smell of gas was not coming from there, I fumbled with my keys to open the back door - for our only other gas appliance is the hot-water heater. Upon flinging the door open... only to be met by fresh, clean air.

The gas smell was coming from the front of the house. Leaving the back door open, for icy cold but fresh ventilation, I investigated the front of my house. Gassy, especially near the gas meter. Once more, I sprang into action! And called my gas supplier about an emergency leak thingie.

Apparently, there were numerous gas calls last night, because it took about an hour and a half for the gas guy to come to my aid, all the while I was worrying that my house was soon to become a fire ball.

It turns out that I was smelling residual 'safety smell', because gas itself is odourless. You see, there has been some work done on the pavement outside my house. The workers had, apparently, cut the gas main during the day. I know this, because the gas guy who was checking out my place was the one called onto the scene earlier in the day.

Back to the workers. They only reported a smell of gas in the street - a non-dire-emergency, with a four hour responce time - when they should have said "we just cut a gas line". In any case, gas had been pouring out for four hours before the gas guy came and told them they were all idiot, and helped them fix it. The smell of gas safety scent gets trapped in crushed rock (from the work being done on the pavement), which is why I could still smell it.

That, and there was gas pouring out of a main JUST IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE AND NO-ONE TOLD ME.

Kitten tomfoolery. While all this was going on, I was a little paniced (more so) because bunyip_the_cat was limping on one of her back legs. I traced the owie to her left ankle, but given that it was a relatively mild limp and she seemed uncomfortable, rather than in pain, after a few phone calls for advice on the matter (and, you know, to tell my parents that my house was full of gas, and I was a little nevous about that), I decided to let her be for a little while and if she was still limping the next day or the day after, I'd take her to the vet.

About an hour later she comes running up demanding food. Perfectly fine, no sign of limp or owie. Just 'feedmefeedmefeedme'.

This isn't the first time the little drama queen has done this sort of thing. We've taken her to the vet in the past when she was running around on three legs (holding one of her front paws up) - only we couldn't tell the vet which paw was the problem. Because she would swap them. It turns out that she was completely fine, just playing us for chumps and trying to get attention.

She's so devious!

Communism Burgers. After the kitten fiasco and the gas drama, bishi_wannabe and I went out for dinner, seeing as how we didn't feel like cooking in a house that smelt faintly of gas. WE ended up going to have communist burgers from "BurgeRepublic", a new trendy burger chain. It's funny, because there is you classic communism imagry about the place, but it is so full-on capitalistic. I mean, really, $9-10 for a burger? Sure, they're tasty, but I don't see how spending that much money on a trendy meal is going to help mother Russia.

We always call eachother 'comrade' for a few hours after eating there, because it's funny.

The family-splitting feud. I predict that in the future, there will be a massive schism in my family starting between my father and myself on this one true and dire argument: DC vs Marvel. I mean, come one, how can you compare the Green Lantern to, say, Gambit? Okay, okay, I'll admit that NO-ONE likes Scott Summers, and that Batman is pretty cool... but really. Spider-man, the X-Men, and to a lesser extent the Punisher (if you're into that kind of thing), vs Aquaman.


I think I've made my point. :)


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Jun. 29th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Gotta love that...

"I smell gas..."

Looks down at severed pipe.
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Jun. 29th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
well that would explain what's wrong with you then...
Jun. 29th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
It really does. :P
Jun. 29th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
My dog does that.. the limping thing. He plays it up for sympathy, but then comes running for food. Very funny.
Jun. 29th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
It's been years since bunyip_the_cat tried such a thing, and it caught me by surprise. I mean, it *was* the first thing I thought of, but then I started worrying about her. Stupid worry.
Jun. 29th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
My cats practice reverse psychology. They know that I can't bear it if they ignore me (I seem to always be suffering a slight case of absentee-owner guilt these days) and will instantly try to make it up to them. I am a sucker!!

But one day my big ginger girl had a real owie. Her left front foot swelled up to about three times normal size. It was amazing, a real wookie paw. Turned out she had been stung by a bee, poor miss!
Jun. 29th, 2005 03:29 am (UTC)
Apparently, a number of years ago, everyone in China called each other "Comrade" (I can't remember the exact word, but basically the Chinese equivalent). When I was there I met a white guy who has lived in China (on and off) for quite a long time, and he still calls his friends "comrade" because that's what he is used to. When he did it in the restaurant we were eating in, you could see EVERY head in there turn to see who it was, and the looks on their faces when they realised it was the white guy was priceless.

Apparently, pretty much only Party members say such things anymore.
Jul. 1st, 2005 08:35 am (UTC)
funny you should mention Aquaman...
imagine there's an Aquaman Movie brewing in Hollywood...

Now Imagine the sript's being written by the guy who wrote 'Se7en'...

Now Imagine James Cameron Directing and Leonardo Dicaprio in the title role...

end result: I love Entourage (on HBO) ^_^
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