Firstly, no, I don't mean that kind of cold shower. No, I'm talking about the kind that happens when your practically brand new hot water heater stops working.
While doing the dishes last night, I noticed the "hot" water wasn't so hot...and it was quickly getting colder. Trundling down to the basement, I ran through all the basic checks: timer, breakers, any leaks. All looked fine...or so I thought.
Believing I had at least 30 minutes of hot water remaining, I hopped in the shower. Very. Big. Mistake. The water was ice cold. Have you ever tried shaving in ice cold water? I don't recommend it.
Sore, shivering, and rather grumpy, I had unwittingly just put to test the age old philosophy of whether or not a cold shower helps to quiet one's raging hormones. Quiet my foot....it bloody well annihilates them. I suppose that means a cold shower really does work...and it is one method I will never try again.
UPDATE: Turns out two heater elements burned out...AT THE SAME TIME. The very nice plumber-repair-man said, and I quote, "I don't think I've ever seen this before." Fabulous.