I was con­sid­ered riff­ing off of my com­pa­tri­ot’s posts on gas (http://mikeboldrick.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/im-alive-but-i-have-gas/ or http://mikeboldrick.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/hot-water/), because I dis­cov­ered the rea­son that I went through what should have been 3 months worth of gas in 5 weeks.  My gas tank has a leak. Using the lat­est high-tech tech­niques in soap-and-water spray tech­nol­o­gy, I dis­cov­ered that the con­nec­tors on my big tank are leaking.

Even though sci­en­tif­ic pic­tures usu­al­ly need analy­sis, I think this one is self-explana­to­ry. Now I’m wait­ing for repairs and turn­ing off the tank when I don’t need gas. I also haven’t tak­en a show­er yet today, because now I have a 2‑step process to both light the pilot on the water tank heater and wait for the water to heat up. Much too involved for a lazy Sat­ur­day at home. This does feel a bit more like Peace Corps hard­ship though. Over­all I think I can han­dle the extra step involved when I want to cook or show­er, and I guess I’m just glad that my first leak test with the lighter did­n’t work.