I Don’t Want a Water Heater

I recently sold one of my Nikons, a lens, and a bass amp on Craigslist. I made over a $1,400 for those three items, and the point was so that I could buy a Mac. I have wanted to get a Mac for a long time, but I thought it would be particularly nice to have one in the “Man Room” so that I’d have internet access and so I could work on photo editing while having some peace from the zoo that lives upstairs. Jenna wants a Mac, too, although she wants a laptop. However, since my carpal tunnels prevent me from using a laptop, I pulled rank. Besides, it was my stuff that got sold to buy it. 🙂

I was planning to buy a lovely 24″ iMac with 640GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. That was more than sufficient to do my photo editing (which by the way is substantial both in terms of quantity and in terms of complexity) and music recording, which was my other goal.

I love new toys, but I have committed not to buy anything new that I don’t “NEED” unless I sell other toys to pay for it. That’s my solution to having new stuff but also getting out of debt. So I parted with a beloved Ampeg 810 bass cabinet, a Nikon D200 with vertical grip, and a Nikon 85mm 1.8 – three of my prized possessions. It was worth it, I told myself, because it meant I could finally get that Mac. By the way, if you are in the market for Mac or iPod stuff or accessories, you should buy it from SpringBoard Media. They have better prices than the Apple website, better service, and they’re also nice people!

Anyhow, guess what I’m ACTUALLY going to be spending my money on….

A new water heater! Isn’t that exciting?!

Right after I sold my stuff, my water heater started dumping rusty sludge out the bottom. It’s a pretty clear sign that the anode has completely rusted away and now the tank is rusting through. Since I don’t want a massive steam explosion in my house, and I kinda like having hot water, I don’t really have a choice.

I’m a good homeowner, so I’m not going to put in the cheapest thing I can find. I’m going with a 10 year, 40,000 BTU water heater that is extremely energy efficient. And since it’s gas I’m not going to be installing it myself. It turns out I also need the gas shutoff valve replaced, so that’s an additional cost. So when it’s all said and done, it’s going to cost $1,100. Ouch.

The good news is, it’s the only major appliance I haven’t already replaced, so I should be good for a while.

The bad news is, I only have $300 left in my Mac fund. 🙁

Time to sell some more toys. Anybody need a bass? I have a Samick Artist Series 6 string for sale. And I’m also selling a Ruger .270 bolt action deer rifle with a Redfield scope (all sighted in and ready to go).

  2 comments for “I Don’t Want a Water Heater

  1. livieloo
    April 8, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I commend you for your practical, debt-free attitude.

  2. Dave
    April 8, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I’ll buy your big TV… 🙂 Oh, wait, that’s not on the list…

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