Thanksgiving Advent, Day Twenty-Two: Hot Baths

I actually try not to take baths too often, for reasons both noble and not. The noble one is that I live in California, which is not the most well-watered state in the Union; driving down to San Diego for World Fantasy, I saw lots of signs on fences in the Valley railing against water shortages. Baths are kind of wasteful, and so I try to save them for occasional use. The less-noble reason is that, well, I’ve mostly lived in places with tubs that are Not Quite Big Enough to be really comfortable. Some day, my friends, I will live somewhere with a proper tub, both long enough and deep enough to accomodate an adult human of average size.

But baths, man. I may have a lot of feline characteristics in my temperament, but I’m the kind of cat who adores water. The ocean, a lake, a swimming pool, just let me at it. And it’s lovely to be able to sink back in a hot tub or bath or whatever and let the tension just soak out of me.

And — as I mentioned in an earlier post — it’s so easy now. Turn on the tap, and clean, hot water comes out. No need to stoke up the fire, haul water from the well, and fill the tub one bucketful at a time. I know this is not a luxury enjoyed by everyone in the world, and so I’d like to take a moment to be properly thankful for it.

0 Responses to “Thanksgiving Advent, Day Twenty-Two: Hot Baths”

  1. aishabintjamil

    If I ever win mega-bucks, there’s a hot tub in my future, in a nice glass sunroom.

  2. Marie Brennan

    Alas, I do not have a hot tub.

  3. Marie Brennan

    Ah, yeah, lightheadedness could be quite bad. :-/

    • diatryma

      Worst one was senior year of college, winter break, with the latest Asimov’s. I freaked out as much because I couldn’t get out of it– the heat thing, not the bath– as anything. But I loved the good bath while I had it.

  4. Anonymous

    I sometimes find myself thinking Hathaway, send a bus! Hathaway, send a bus!

    Just thinking? I tend to sing it.

  5. Anonymous

    If it had been laid out, then my writerly-brain says the story would also be required to address (in some way, or at least the writer might feel required to address) those users who see this point or that point as “not bad enough”

    Well, this is of course in my hypothetical perfect world where the story conforms to my own standards of what would make sense. 🙂

    You make a good point about people vs. ideals. I think I phrased it the way I did because Kenshin’s ideals are bound up with people; he isn’t Saito, trying to preserve the Meiji peace without caring what individual eggs get broken along the way. But I think it’s fair to say that he sees people as examplars of that peace, rather than the peace being a byproduct of his concern for people. (Thinking of the swordmaker whose name I’ve forgotten — Arai? Something like that — and Eiji’s village, and so on.)

    I have not seen Ryoma Den, but on the basis of that sentence alone you’ve made me interested. 🙂

  6. Anonymous

    I just read this, probably because your review. I liked it. Some of the early weirdness made me wonder if it was high SF in fantasy drag, a la Rosemary Kirstein, but I think that’s less likely now.

    I’m amused that no one seems to have called out the really classic epic fantasy trope revealed at the end. *Really* classic. Hey look, I got your filed-off serial numbers right here….

  7. Anonymous

    Congrats! And have fun with your ‘between tasks’ noodling time. 🙂

  8. Anonymous


    Me three. I loved Mercutio.

    Having never seen a Punch and Judy show, I quickly gathered what was going on and my brain started providing the images. In my case … well, I felt like I was getting punched in the gut, not the baby, or Judy, or the poor kids. That scene is painful. I don’t think I’ve ever come that close to feeling like my breath was knocked out by a book like I did with that scene.

  9. Anonymous

    Yay books!

  10. Anonymous

    Like you say, few of them are interesting. Malevolence is usually so predictable, and smug malevolence is just boring.

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  13. Anonymous

    Megan Whalen Turner seems to manage it well

    in the Eddis-Attolia books, and they seem to be equally popular among YA and adult readers. Even with limited viewpoints, which gives a ‘whodunnit’ to the stories too. The trick seems to be to allude to sufficient things to round out the world, just not get sidetracked in them to losing the plot.

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