Abandon Ship!!! Better Digs, Part III
Last night I heard some weird sounds coming from my room. They sounded like someone chiseling around my window. I blew it off, slept well, and this morning took a nice hot shower and went to work.
I received a call first thing this morning from Ray, our guy who manages our billeting and ensures we live in decent conditions. He told me that my hot water heater had fallen off the wall in my bathroom and that it had flooded into my bedroom. Since he was on the job, I turned my attentions back to work. Then it dawned on me -- my laptop was in my bugout bag which was sitting on the floor. I got up to go find a driver to get me back to the house, when Ray stopped by my office to tell me that I ought to go home and sort things out.
Sure enough, there was two inches of water in my room. Ray had picked everything that counted up off of the floor. I immediately checked my laptop, and while the outer protective case was damp, I suspect my laptop is fine. I won't know for sure until I turn it on tonight.
What saved my laptop was Ray's quick action, and that my two Afghan rugs and my dirty clothes in the laundry bag had soaked-up enough of the water.
Remember my comment about poor engineering in my previous post? The hot water heater was mounted by cheap, thin screws loosely drilled into the marble. When the heater came down, it ripped out the cheap plumbing, ripped out the electrical socket in the wall, ripped off the shelf beneath the mirror, and broke some glassware.
The bedroom floor is slanted, I discover now, so that the water accumulated the furthest away from my front door. So, as I spent two hours squeegeeing the water out the front door, half of it flowed back into the bedroom. I remembered an old WWII movie in the process (it might have been "The D.I."). Anyway, in the movie, a Marine who killed a mosquito by slapping it loudly while on a patrol was forced to dig a grave (full-size human grave, 6' down) along with his battle buddy, while another recruit was filling the grave in at the same time.
So, I dragged my rugs out onto a balcony handrail for them to dry. I'm homeless again, it seems, and this evening I'll look for another bunk to crash on while KBR attempts to repair the damage to my room.