Was it the freezer last year? Yes, it was.
For years I’ve enjoyed my Hagaz, a type of timer for gas stoves that allows you to cook on Yom Tov. On certain weekday holidays, one may light a stove from an existing flame but not put it out. Newer models of stoves are equipped with a sensor that turns off the gas as soon as the flame goes out, preventing gas leaks, but the stove still heats up the house and leads to a waste of gas (and a high bill). Many people I know use an electric hotplate to warm up food, but that doesn’t work for soup and I like to have the option of cooking. I can manage without if I have to, but will need to adjust my menu in a serious way.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, during a routine check, the gas company disconnected the Hagaz and told me I needed a brass pipe instead of the rubber one. He told me to call the office and make an appointment. After one cancellation the guy finally came this morning. He asked me where the part was. It turned out that I needed to order a part from Machon Tzomet, the institute in Alon Shevut that makes the Hagaz. Unfortunately, no one had told me this in advance. And Rosh Hashanah is in two days, lasting from Friday until Sunday evening.
The Machon Tzomet employee said they could send it by messenger and it might arrive on Friday. “Worse comes to worst, you’ll have it for Sukkot.” I pointed out that the Hagaz will be useless on Sukkot because it falls on Shabbat (only one day in Israel). If I don’t get it installed this week, it will wait until Pesach. (Sometimes I use it to turn off the stove on Friday evening, or if I have to run out of the house in the middle of cooking.) So she called the messenger service and they assured her it would come by Friday at the latest. I asked her to write a note on the envelope saying that they should call me as soon as they know which day it will arrive.
In the meantime I called the gas company, and, needless to say, they can’t get me a technician in time for the holiday. So I am trying to find someone to install it privately, and I hope he (are there female gas technicians?) will be flexible in case it shows up Friday at noon.
Update: I found someone.
My mother, a”h, would say that this kind of aggravation is the price of affluence. If we didn’t have so much stuff we wouldn’t have to spend so much time worrying about them.
I hope your Rosh Hashanah preparations are going more smoothly.