Clearwater Plumbers January/February 2019

January/February 2019

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6 Things I Miss Most When I’m Away The Best Things About Staying Home

music so everyone can naturally gather and enjoy themselves. The hotel room in Chicago was cold, and I could feel a draft coming from the window. I kept thinking how nice it would be to have my gas logs in there — I think about adding a fireplace to every cold room I walk into.

the hotel lobby and get my coffee there, but by that time, my whole morning is thrown off. I end up carrying coffee up the elevator and usually spill on both hands. In my house, we’ve got four toilets, and three of them are TotoWashlets. If you’ve never had a heated toilet seat that cleans you with warmwater, you don’t know what you’re missing. I go to these hotel bathrooms, and they’re always disappointing. Those TotoWashlets really do make all the difference in the world, and you start to miss themwhenever you’re gone for a week. I also miss having a bathtub I can fit in. Whenever it’s cold outside, it’s always nice to soak in a warm bath. I’m 6 feet, 4 inches tall and I can fit comfortably in the tub at home, but if I try to take a bath in a hotel, only about a quarter of me fits in the water, leaving the rest of me to freeze. Another problem at hotels is that they usually have bottled water, which I think they charge too much for. As a plumber, the water at my place is filtered, and when I’m away from home, I don’t drink as much as I should. I get dehydrated whenever I’m away. I’m not going to spend $5 on a jug of water. I usually drink about a gallon of water a day, and I’m not going to the store to buy 5 gallons to drink while I’m away. I usually end up drinking out of the faucet. I can taste the chlorine. At our house, we have a wood fireplace we converted to gas, which is really nice during the winter. I like to have a room that’s cozy. In the mornings, I’ll usually turn on the fireplace and start up some

You might know the saying “There’s no place like home.” Without a doubt, it’s true. Whenever I travel and have to be away from home for a few days, I’m always longing for the comforts of home. I don’t know about you, but for me, staying in a hotel room for five days or more is uncomfortable. Not long ago, I was staying in Chicago at a pretty nice hotel for about five days while attending a trade event. The conference went well, but it didn’t stop me from missing home. What I missed most of all was my sweet family. I can always talk with them on the phone, but it’s not the same. I also missed my dog, Trixabel. Well ... technically she’s my wife’s dog, but she’s my fourth daughter. I always miss talking with my wife and daughters and having Trixabel sitting on my lap.

1. Family 2. Washlet 3. Soaking Tub 4. Drinking Water 5. Gas Fireplace 6. My Chair

The final issue is that I miss is my zero- gravity chair. I’m 43 now, and I’ve been working hard all my life. About a year and a half ago, I had back surgery. This motorized chair keeps my back in a natural position, as if I were in space. It takes all the stress and pressure off my back and keeps me really comfortable. I can lay down for a 20-minute nap, and then I’m good to go, but when I’m in a hotel room, I have the option of an office chair or bed, and if I lay down in the bed, I’m out for the entire day. Zzzzzz... The best thing about leaving home is coming back and enjoying everything I missed. I get to spend time relaxing with my family, and nothing comes close to beating that.

The next thing I miss a lot when I’m sleeping in a hotel is my morning routine. Usually, I’m up around 4:30 in the morning, and the first thing I do is make coffee. I drink about a gallon of coffee a day — no joke. When I’m in a hotel room, they just have those Keurig machines with the little pods. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to use a good old coffee pot. Sometimes I have to head downstairs to

-Jeff Longspaugh

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