7/29/2016: Getting a new tankless hot water heater 

Hot water heater crapped out last Sunday. Working to get a new tankless hot water heater installed this Monday. So today is Day 5 with no hot water. He’s what I’ve learned. 
1.) If you have a hot water heater that’s 10+ years old, replace it. The manufacturing date is on the side. Don’t wait for it to fail. When they fail they usually crack and leak water everywhere. Didn’t happen to me probably cause I’m a boss. 

2.) Losing hot water during a heat wave was a best case scenario. The shower is basically like spraying yourself off under a garden hose. Same temp. Upside is when you turn on the shower, you don’t wait for the water to get warm. You just take a deep breath and get in. Then get the f out. 

3.) Tankless hot water heaters are not cheap. $4,600 installed. Not including the$800 rebate from Mass Save – which you apply for post-installation. A new tank system would have been $1500. 

4.) Tankless systems are on-demand hot water for up to 3 sources (showers, washer, etc). With tankless, you’re not paying for gas each month to keep a 50 gallon tank warm, whether you’re using it or not. Tankless systems heat water within 10-15 seconds of being called and the supply is limitless. Supposedly you can save as much as 30% on your monthly gas bill. This seems a little high to me. But the manufacturer did the research and its on the internet so it must be true. 

5.) Not one person on Randlett offered to let me use their shower in the morning. Not gonna make a production out of it in my robe & slippers or anything. Just want some hot water you guys. I mean is my robe a tad revealing? In the USA – yes. But in Europe it’s like a regular robe. Just ignore it and maybe fire up some coffee?

7/27/2016: More trees for Randlett Park

Randlett Park has lost a few trees in the berm lately (space between sidewalk & road). Now this might not be a big deal on a street like Eliot, but we’re America’s Favorite Street (.com). And America’s Favorite Street (.com) should be tree lined.

Leah looked into this and here’s the deal: the Newton Tree Conservancy is accepting applications for Spring 2017 tree plantings.  NTC has planted more than 470 trees since 2010. Species include crabapple, red oak & linden. I’m more of a Turkish filbert man myself.

Turkish filbert

If you would like your berm considered for planting, please reply to this post or let Leah know. She’s gonna head this up for us.

More info on plantings, NTC, etc. below:





7/20/2016: Parktoberfest

Break out the lederhosen! Parktoberfest will be October 1st this year. Depending on how many liters of hefeweizen I have, I may be performing a traditional Bavarain dance a la Clark Griswold. 

Save the date you guys. Great day of food, beer and fun. 

7/18/2016: 3 alarm fire at Gordon’s liquor store in Newtonville

A fire broke out last night around 2am at Gordon’s — the liquor store next to Star Market. The fire was tough to fight because it was in the basement and fire fighters had to go down a narrow staircase in intense heat & smoke. The basement sustained smoke & water damage and the store has been boarded up.

I know what everybody is thinkin — was any booze harmed? The answer is yes you guys. Most of the booze is covered in soot and smells strongly of smoke. With all the stuff going on in the world right now I can’t even think about those poor Coors Lights. Came in cold from the Rockies and everything. Wish I coulda saved just one.