More fun for home owners

so tuesday morning i found out nothing, it was actually wednesday morning
the Hot water heater died.  So i took off early wednesday and we home to
work on it (only like 30 minutes early).  Much fun.  Now i need to get the
thing down and get a new one.  All this after a pergo nightmare weekend.
Staying up til 230am saturday putting in a floor.  I wish i didnt have
work so i could just work around the house a lot (when i mean around the
house i really mean around the house).

                                      
       A Springfield Resident is Going to Kick the Cartoon Bucket... (AP)
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   LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alas, poor Maude Flanders, we hardly knew her.
   
   Maude, the wife of Homer Simpson's annoying do-good neighbor Ned
   Flanders, is rumored to be the character that dies in the Feb. 13
   episode of "The Simpsons."
   
   "We're in our 11th season and we're always looking for new ways to
   shake up the show a little and do something that might open up new
   story possibilities," the show's executive producer, Mike Scully, said
   Monday.
   
   He wouldn't say Maude's demise is definite, adding that other
   possibilities include school principal Seymour Skinner and Moe the
   bartender, one of beer-guzzling Homer's best friends.
   
   A dead giveaway, however, is the episode's title "Alone Again,
   Natura-Diddly," a play on Ned's annoyingly chirpy overuse of the word
   "diddly."
   
   What's more, Maggie Roswell, who provides Maude's voice, left the show
   because she tired of commuting from Denver to Los Angeles to record
   her lines.
   
   The voices of Skinner and Moe are done, respectively, by series
   regulars Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria. The two actors also play a
   number of other characters on the series about Homer and Marge
   Simpson, their kids Bart, Lisa and Maggie and their wacky hometown.
   
   If Maude is the one, her sacrifice might not be in vain. The episode
   airs during the February "sweeps," a key ratings period used to help
   set advertising rates.
   
   "We thought it would be interesting to show how the surviving
   characters cope with the death and maybe take them in a new
   direction," Scully said. "Plus, it's sweeps. "
   
   The character won't be the first to die on "The Simpsons." A
   gravestone will be shown in the upcoming death episode with the names
   of four others who have passed out of the series to cartoon heaven.
   
   They include Bleeding Gums Murphy, the jazz musician who was Lisa's
   musical idol; family shrink Dr. Marvin Monroe; Beatrice Simmons,
   girlfriend to Grampa Simpson; and Frank "Grimy" Grimes, an unlucky
   co-worker of Homer's at the nuclear power plant.
   
   "The Simpsons," created by Matt Groening, has been acclaimed as a
   brilliant, sophisticated satire on America and family life.
   
   Since "The Simpsons" draws children as well as adult viewers, the show
   is taking the death seriously - to an extent.
   
   "There was a lot of discussion about making sure we did deal with some
   of the emotional ramifications of the death and not just make it all
   joke, joke, joke," Scully said. "But at the same time, we're a comedy,
   they're animated, they're not real."