Excuses, Excuses

This time I promise it will really be my last weather-related post.

I had planned to do some SMUG curriculum work this weekend, but when I woke up at 6:30 Saturday morning to play basketball, I discovered that our kitchen had a big pool of water, and that it had leaked through the floor to soak our basement carpet.

It seems that when the temperature hits -22 degrees Fahrenheit, and when your dishwasher is on an outside wall, its motor can freeze. Frozen water expands and wrecks motors. Then when it thaws, the motor can no longer hold its water.

After I turned off the water to all of Old Main, we spent a good part of Saturday with the Shop Vac pulling water out of the basement carpet and pad.

And of course, we then needed to position fans to help the floor coverings continue drying.


Besides that unexpected pleasure, I’ve been exceptionally busy in my day job, as we’re about to launch a major new blog this week. When you see it, you’ll know why my SMUG postings have been a bit less frequent.

I’m really looking forward to you all being able to see the new blog on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the SMUG activity is going to be increasing, starting tomorrow morning.

Author: Lee Aase

Husband of one, father of six, grandfather of 15. Chancellor Emeritus, SMUG. Emeritus staff of Mayo Clinic. Founder of HELPcare and Administrator for HELPcare Clinic.

One thought on “Excuses, Excuses”

  1. I look forward to the new mayo blog! Sorry to hear about your water damage. Between that and the awful fire downtown last week, you haven’t had much luck! You’re due some!

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