Saturday, May 07, 2011

Magic Millimeter

I've heard many tales of errant bathing experiences here in China, like showers that feel like a weak person spitting on you, or ones that alternate between freezing cold and burning lava hot, with a few seconds in between where you can clean yourself. I even heard of one that had mushrooms growing out of the floor.

So given that perspective, I have to be grateful for the shower we have, but I do have one issue with it. We call it the magic millimeter. It's a tiny space between hot and cold where you can have a pleasant shower. Finding this millimeter takes a great deal of patience and fine motor skills. It wouldn't be so bad if you could just leave it there all the time, but to get the hot water to kick in you have to crank it to the hot side first. Then you set out finding that magical spot again.

At least there are no mushrooms.

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