The boiler in the mansion cracked. They are having to add water twice a day to keep the radiators going. (Of course, I’m in Los Angeles in 70-degree weather, wondering what the big deal is.) As long as they keep adding water, it should limp through to April, and we can turn it off. (Of course we’ll replace it before next winter.) After sitting quietly for twenty years, in the last year we’ve had:

  • A limb fall through the roof of the Paymaster’s Office
  • A leak in the mansion roof which destroyed the walls around the staircase
  • The furniture warped and buckled from the humidity
  • And now the boiler cracked

I don’t know if we’re a little late, just in time, or this is the mansion’s way of telling us to go away.