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Frabjous Days

My stomach was dreadful yesterday, though I dragged myself in to work. I’m starting to think there must be something besides wheat/glutinous stuff and corn that I should be avoiding too. Or maybe big factories are simply made for contaminating food. Sigh. This morning, after getting dressed, I had to trade in my pants for ones that didn’t compress my belly so much, because the pants that fit perfectly hurt.

And I forgot the stupid paper that I needed so I’d know who to call and get information from: the city has decided I must raze the old carriage house/garage. I’m not surprised, it needed repairs when I got the house nearly a decade ago (the idiots who owned the house before me had cars stored inside, and instead of getting a sawsall to release the padlocks on the doors, just drove the cars through the doors, damaging its structural integrity). Unfortunately, I have had no money for it; it is also ancient, and always was a wood frame structure built on dirt. Anyway, the letter gave me no guidance as to the timetable the City wants me to follow, just instructions not to repair it and to go buy a permit for its demolition.

I understand enough of how this city operates to be sure that if I don’t do it by their (unstated) deadline, they’ll get a court order and charge me court costs, and if I still don’t do it, they’ll take it down and charge me for the work, without giving me any chance to negotiate rates or anything. Sigh. I really didn’t need that yesterday when I was feeling dreadful. Or in January at all! It’s cold in Milwaukee, don’t you know? And snowy too.

In other news, I ran MalwareBytes on the laptop last night; we’ll see if that speeds it up any. Now the program is running on the infected desktop ‘puter. The attempt to plug it in to the internet and update the MalwareBytes before running it failed. So now I’m running it, I’ll delete everything it finds, and then try again for an update and run it again.

Sketchfest is happening, but I don’t know if I will have any focus for it. And I have non-sketching chores to do.


I'll get through all this stuff one way or another, I'm sure, but right now I'm not impressed with the start of 2011.

Though, since I started writing, My Angel put on a special we recorded, so maybe I'll find a little inspiration after all.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 29th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Ordering you. To buy a permit. For the demolition.


It's moments like this that make the libertarians look reasonable.
Jan. 29th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
I really don't mind the city wanting to prevent someone from getting hurt when it falls over. I _do_ mind the way they go about communicating with homeowners about such things. And the inevitability that such "inspections" happen in the winter.

Oh, yeah--and the fact that the only hours when one can buy this permit (about an hour and a half in the morning and an hour and a half in the afternoon) are hours I have to be at work, while I'm working temp with almost no flexibility short of not getting paid, (and if you refuse work, you can't collect unemployment for those missed hours either). Oh, yeah--they didn't even say how much the permit will cost. (And never mind the fact that I've been unemployed more days than employed over the last two years.)

It's kind of like most third-grade art--the ideas are fine, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

Ahh, I'm getting grumpy again. Time to making space to do some sketches for Sketchfest!
Jan. 29th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
I do have some underlying problem with the city taking an interest at all. If it does fall over on someone, either they were there without your permission, in which case they brought it on themselves and have no complaint of any kind, or you invited them in, in which case you might be guilty of negligence. But in general, I understand that cities see it as their mission to stop evolution by keeping the world safe for the stupid.

What I'm finding surreal is not that they want you to deal with the problem, but that they deal with it by demanding that you turn around and ask them for permission to deal with it. That's the kind of thing that's the hallmark of satire because it's obviously too absurd to be real. Making you pay for it is just icing on the cake.
Jan. 29th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
Is it me, or does that sound like something the Empire would do? Yeesh...


I'm getting a very late start on Sketch Fest, myself!
Jan. 29th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
Hugs to you too!
Jan. 31st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
<sends warm fuzzies>
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
I hope the year does get better. And soon.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
I got word today that one of my Torn World poems has been nominated for a Rhysling!

Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: :-D
Congrats! And hopefully you win the Rhysling. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: :-D
I'm just honored to be nominated!
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