Here’s what I’m talking about. A boy in the family named it that, and it was his favorite thing about my house. Its proper name is a cleanout, but obviously I’ve found a more pressing use for it than cleaning my soil pipe. I found the blocks of wood lying around and put them there to save my knees.
Dear Pee Hole,
I know we’ve had over a year together, but I’ve come to realize that it’s time to move on. You’ve been there for me during some challenging times, but I need more than you can give me. My female friends won’t have anything to do with you, and sometimes I feel like you’re not able to take my shit.
And on top of that, there’s someone else in my life now. Someone who can provide what I really need. My Elger.
As you can see, we’re very happy together. And special thanks to my best friend Tim* who is putting his Yale masters in graphic design to good use. Sorry Phil, I guess the house is a little less cool now, but maybe you’ll still like that I have a bathroom with no door. After a full year, having this hooked up is a really, really big deal.
*Note to other friends: I have awarded the title of best friend to multiple people.
So now here’s a look at what I have now. Much more civilized! Even if it is still a little too open concept. Also, the temporary sink that came with the house looks pretty funny in what’s turned out to be (to me and for my little house) a really big bathroom.
Now if I wasn’t happy enough about this, guess what else I got this week! FREE BELGIAN BLOCKS! PGW was ripping up a portion of Broad Street to repair a gas main and I saw them sitting in the big pile of dirt and asphalt and concrete chunks. So I asked them what was going to happen with them and they said they were going to dump them back in along with everything else to backfill the pipe. So I showed up with my (dad’s) dolly and got a pretty excellent workout.
Yes, I’m pretty ecstatic. These aren’t cheap. They’re also completely useless to me for at least a year or two, during which time they’ll stay in a pile pretty much like this. After that I’m thinking of building a retaining wall to have a raised bed. It beats jackhammering the concrete out, eh?
And… I’ve built the water table moulding that’s going in below the siding on the cantilevered bay on the back. Looks like real progress on the DIY work is picking up again.