Write As Rea

The happy intersection between what I want to write and what people want to read.

World War Three

May 31, 2014

“Your friends are all really different!”

“Yeah.  I’m pretty sure I could start a devastating worldwide conflict if I managed to get them all in the same room at once.”

“Oh.  Well, then I guess it’s a good thing you hate to throw parties.  Canapé?”


May 20, 2014

Thou shalt never call thy mother when she’s watching 24 or she will hang up on you so she doesn’t miss anything.  I love my mom.  She makes me laugh.  And any day I can laugh is a good day.

Mrs. Judo:  Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful. I caught the latter half of this terrific documentary last night on PBS.  It was a fascinating look into the life of a really amazing woman.  Touching on a personal level and interesting from a historical and cultural perspective, I recommend that you check it out if you have the opportunity!

May 16, 2014

Hot Surface Ignitor

May 16, 2014

Sounds like a button you push to start the engines of an inter-galactic space shuttle right?  Wrong.  It’s the little doohicky in your furnace that interacts with the gas flow to create heat.  It’s basically a small heating element. They’re more common in newer furnaces, replacing the thermocoupler design, but they last from three to five years and mine gave out, hence my previous post.

The bad news is that I had to cool my heels, literally, for a couple of days while I waited for the part to arrive.  The good news is that I fixed it, and at a fraction of the cost of a service call.  Everything I’ve learned about home improvement has come from my dad or brother, with an occasional assist from YouTube when they’re not on hand for demonstrations.  Of course you’ll want to check your brand and serial number to see what type of furnace you have should you encounter the same problem I did, and if this great tutorial by Danny Bishop will work for you, but I thought I’d share my experience because who doesn’t like to save money?  Think of all the good books you could buy with that extra cash!

PS:  Remember to be safe by turning off the electricity before mucking about in your furnace and replace the panels when you’re done.  Replace the furnace air filter while you’re at it and it might ease some of your allergies as well.