So, there were a bunch of reasons I wasn’t looking forward to the trip back to Boston from NY last night. However, the kicker had to be the fact that a state of emergency was declared Saturday after a large pipe-burst cut off drinking water for all of Boston and the surrounding towns. That means no tap water for the next few days, which doesn’t bode well for the dirty dishes in my sink.
There are a few things I am confused about, however. Officials are saying that we should boil water for consumption. Does that mean, if I make ravioli (the only thing I can cook) for dinner tonight, I have to boil the water, pour it into a new pot, then boil it again for the actual cooking? If I can take a shower in the water, why can’t I wash my dishes? And why doesn’t my coffee maker get the tap water hot enough when it’s perking to make it safe enough to drink? I brushed my teeth with bottled-water this morning…and it’s definitely something I could get used to.
Suffice it to say, this situation – combined with the fact that my apartment is 8,000 degrees and I have serious humidity hair – has made me more uncomfortable than I have been in my entire life. And Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t selling coffee. What. The. Eff. I think my friend Katie (who is a nurse, so she knows), had the best fix for times such as these:
“What if we only drink alcoholic beverages ’til they lift the warning?”
Done and done.
In all seriousness, there are people who deal with this problem every day, so if you’re feeling the pinch, like I am, maybe you’d want to donate to a charity that brings clean drinking water to people who never have it. Click on the link here, or use Google to find a charity of your own.