Sunday, August 13, 2017

aug 13 2017
apparently we have someone coming today who's husband is a contractor--..linda is hoping he can help with the roof...which is more under control than last week... tom put up the scaffolding-- and we were waiting for tall tanner to come deal with it.-- the word contractor does not necessarily  mean they can build things...many contractors i know are people who can dig big holes and then make phone calls to the rest of the "trades"--
 like... the icu building-- one of my texas relatives could not address the way i found the man who put all thise concrete blocks on top of  each other....  i saw a building being built-- and it looked like a nice building... so i talked to the men with the concrete all over thair clothes--  the only word of english they knew was "Cash"  but that worked out very nicely-- and they did ia good job here too. on sat and sundays. i wish more people would realize that being covered in concrete dust might indicate some artificial social status  but  is absolutely no indication of intellectual capability... i enjoy watching people work at building stuff... and having watched those concrete block guys, i thought t would be fun to try and build somethign out of  all teh concrete block left over--it would not make much more than  a  free standing concrete block wall -- which at some point i just might do...

FYI----to improve your  general  knowledge....  there exists a wire ladder sort of thing which lays flat between the layers of concrete blocks-- about 6" wide  8 feet long... probably available from anyone selling concrete blocks---  they  make perfect  plant "holder- uppers"  in the garden  when bent into an artistic arch... thanks to grace... my guess is they are cheaper  than some official trellis...
my mother used to say something abotu   "if you can't be a   xxxxx then be a yyyy"  but i have forgotten which professions she used.... i think it had something to do with being a door stop...  
the point is ... i am in total sympathy with someone who needs financial assistance for whatever reason... however   i keep thinking... if i could have posed for a brain surgeon for at least one day, then  stopped being a brain surgeon, i might be eligible for financial support for the rest of my life, because no one would come along and say "why don't you set broken ankles instead?"  problem is the huge discrepancy between brain and ankle surgeon.. -- .   the arguement that  "you could always flip hambergers"  does not hold because  i don't know where anyone could survive on flipping wages. --
in this area ---ipswich/boxford---  the houses are  huge- to put it mildly..  built that way so they have  "resale value"-- people raise their 2.5 children and think they will sell the house when the kids are out of college... but when the kids get out of college and try and live off flipping wages because they don't have any marketable skills, they move back in to the huge house's   attic, cellar or garage... where they only need to put in their own bathroom to make it liveable, but they can not locate a plumber.

 i could say  "back to the mike rowe mindset...."  except i don't think i ever left that mindset.--   polititians can come and go, but if the guy who picks up our trash  were to take  a 17 day vacation,  in  the august heat...,  the problems would be very obvious by day 8...
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you think i am wrong???
1.  so the donkey fence-- once a perfectly straight lovely 3 split rail fence is now .. just split - and needs massive attention...the "guy" around here who does such a good job with  split rail fences is way overbooked til next fall.  it is worse than getting a doctor's appointment...
2.  my bosche washing machine  that   was deemed to be trash-- "cheaper to get a new one"    ----was fixed by bud for $13.48
3.  the "old"  oven-- replaced by a "new" $800  oven- because  the appliance repair place would not even attempt repair... was fixed for a whopping $48.72- ( bud again-- in his spare time...)
4.   a neighbor gave us a nearly new wall oven... had to get rid of it.. the door hinge was  warped... i took it and it awaits megan's need in our garage...
5.  shelters are full of dogs who were once cute puppies- and now have no social skills and are thrown away..
6.  just as mo  was a throw away for lack of a chance to be an entertaining lawn ornament.... now that is stretching it......

too much--  too soon--- lack of maintenance people to repair things?? logical  curiosity / investigation  is non existent in anyone under 40...... 
bud's tool belt is very battered--
 tanner has a new  one--( we are working on that..).


there is a fortune to be made in home maintanence.. if you can just find the maintainers...

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