The Rebirth of the Gas Fireplace
As you all know Herman and I have had trouble this whole
past winter with our gas visible flame heating stove.
Bob Ward, the service man from Pine Lake Stoves had been
down here no less than a dozen times trying to rectify
the problem with the stove. And all to no avail. Thank
goodness we also have a wood stove which I’ve decided
to name “Old Reliable” as it has heated our
house most of the winter.
last time Bob was here was probably at the end of February.
He came with his co-worker Dave Blakeslee. They got the
old stove working, but within a half hour of them leaving
it was on the blink again. Now let’s fast forward
to March 8th. We get a phone call at 7:30 AM from Ralph
Ottuso, the owner of Pine Lake Stoves. He told us the
guys were on their way up with the new stove.
had Herman throw a bathrobe on me. I wanted to witness
this momentous occasion. True to Ralph’s word they
showed up within a half hour. What they did first was
totally disconnect the old gas stove. This took a while.
During which time my aide Terry showed up. She walks in
and greets Bob with a cheerful good morning. See Terry
has gotten to know Bob, too.
the Pine Lake Stove’s truck was in our driveway,
Terry temporarily parked on the street. So now we are
all gathered here watching Bob and Dave get the lemon
stove out of here. Once they were completely done disconnecting
the old stove, they took it out to the truck. Bob asked
me if I had any parting words for the stove. I can’t
print here what I said but I will tell you I was happy
to see it go.
brought the new stove in and hooked it up. Once they did
we waited for the blower to kick on. Which it didn’t
for a while. Bob kind of laughed saying, “OK Wal-Mart,
here I come to be a greeter!” We all started laughing
and Bob made a minor adjustment thus making the blower
of our pets have gotten to know Bob pretty well. Moxie
doesn’t even bark when he comes in the driveway
or the house. And Sally, my little kitten, has gotten
to the point where she lays down beside him as he’s
working. Even Sam has become very tolerant.
Bob and Dave left we said we hoped we didn’t see
them soon! I also need to thank Jennifer Clayburn at Pine
Lake Stoves, as she was the one who always answered the
phone and scheduled Bob to come here. So thanks to all
of you guys, especially Ralph for doing the right thing.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com