It is like some small crack in capitalism--an error in the program. How could it be that someone had not taken advantage of a perfect opportunity to extract exaggerated profit out of the situation? Wasn't this a perfect example of limited elasticity in the demand/supply equation favoring the supplier?
Whatever, it is all to our advantage from where I sit (in front of the fire). Yes, we are a bit chilly here and there, but we also have so much to be grateful for--here is my list:
- Friends who immediately offered up space heaters and offered (nay, insisted) we sleep at their house.
- An adventuresome crew of a family who didn't bat an eye about how to make it work in the house without the furnace.
- The fact that we worked hard to finish the family room so we have access to the fireplace which has been cranking it out virtually all weekend.
- That we took the time to insulate the basement and family room to the hilt.
- The fact that we still have electricity and the water heater.
- The bacon and rosemary-wrapped pork roast we slow cooked all afternoon using said electricity, both warming the kitchen and our bellies.
- The fact that while chilly, it isn't colder out (low around 30/high around 40).
- The beautiful southerly slant of the sun yesterday.
- The Engineer's total willingness, even this morning in the icy rain, to head out back with me to split and stack wood.
- Games, music and movies.
Ultimately, life is still pretty darn luxurious even without a furnace, but we will also be grateful for getting it back.