rotten eggs . . .

I was getting us ready to go watch a tennis match.  I was in the basement and smelled rotten eggs.  I was organizing our art stuff and thought maybe I spilled something, so I ignored it.  Then I went upstairs to get Murphy so we could leave . . . rotten eggs again.  As you may already know the Natural Gas that flows into our homes is odorless like carbon monoxide.  But, the gas companies are smart and have added a chemical so natural gas in our homes smells like rotten eggs.  The rotten egg smell in Murphy's room got me nervous.  I called my friend Teresa Seidel, this isn't just any friend she is one of 35 teachers in the United States to win the Milken Educator Award . . . I know impressive.  Anyway, we discussed it for a bit.  Long of the short of it . . . I phoned NW Natural Gas.  They told me to open all the doors and windows and not use any appliances, I asked if we should leave the house, the women said no, if there isn't anyone at the residence when they arrive they just shut off the gas for safety and leave.  I opened all the windows and doors (the dog ran away, what's f&cking new), blew out my candle and waited.  45 minutes later a man showed up and checked EVERYTHING.  We had a leak on one of our water heaters and both of our furnaces.  I asked the service man if this was normal, I know kinda a stupid question, but I try and keep our house in tip-top shape, and the man very seriously said, no this is not normal. XO

P.S.  I could not smell any rotten eggs near our upstairs furnace . . . and it had a leak!