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The Leak

Today started like a normal day for me, I got up, exercised for an hour on a stationary bike, showered, and went to my closet for clothes. And then I stepped in something wet. And then I noticed all the carpet in the closet was wet, and then I started to panic. I keep a lot of things in my closet, and one of the things most vulnerable to water is a small bookshelf. The bottom shelf had absorbed so much water that all the books were swollen and stuck together, and the wood was almost twice its normal width.

I moved everything out of the closet and began to assess the damage. Had it been leaking long? Where is the leak coming from, and is it ruining the walls? Will I need to pay for this, or the apartment management? I called the manager and they had a guy come look at it. Turns out the leak was coming from the AC unit in the closet, and was caused by a small blockage in the pipe that leads outside. Didn’t cost me anything to fix, and it should work fine now. I have fans running my closet to dry it out.

It really wasn’t that big of a deal when summarized, but the main damage was done to my books. I have a pretty large book collection, so storing them means I will take whatever room I can get, hence the closet space being used. I managed to pry the fused row of books out of the shelf and separate them to see what could be saved. Pulling them out actually did take a lot of force, because I pack books in tight in the first place.

The leak must have been going unnoticed for the past few days, because all of these books are moldy, inside and outside. There’s nothing I can do to save them, and it always makes me sad to have to throw away books. The only real solace is that most of them were books I read as a child, and I keep them in the closet because they don’t really need to be displayed to my adult friends or me. I lost compilations of the comic strips Dilbert and Foxtrot, some novels in the Pendragon series of books, and all of my Forgotten Realms collection.

The Forgotten Realms are the biggest loss. I’m not really interested in reading about Drizzt or his friends anymore, but these were 13 pristine hardcover books with their jackets still attached. My parents gave them to me when I was a teenager after I told them how much I enjoyed the first one. I think this is the main reason I feel so bad about their loss; they were a thoughtful gift given to me with love.

So that’s what I’ve been up to today. I don’t want to turn this into some sort of banal daily life blog, and I will get back to video games next time, but I thought I would give an update on what is distracting me today. I don’t have any more to say about SGDQ 2015, it was fun while it lasted but now that it’s over I will let it rest. Wednesday I want to talk about Call of Cthulu, if nothing else comes up. Thanks for reading.