Sunday, December 17, 2006

THe claSh

"Should I stay or should I go", thinking of the lyrics of that Clash song, it pretty much sums up my thoughts about getting a room for the rest of the winter at one of my friends houses, or sticking it out. The band is ok, but not one of my favorites. The house situation is ok, but it's been harder than I had anticipated.

COnsidereing my options, going back and forth, over and over I am not sure. SO what should I do? Ask me some questions?

ON the upside. Thanks to global warming the house is totally habitable right now, even though it tends to always be colder inside than outside, which really sucks! I cleaned today, so I am happy to stay there, but how long will we have 50 degree temperatures? And when will I have time to disconect my stove and replace it with a better stove borrowed from friends, plus finish insulating the floor joists under the house and other crawl space insulating attempts, plus the other handful of necessary tightening up and battoning down before a, regardless of unseasonably warm temperatures, winter that will still involve mostly very cold days and often frigid temperatures. I'll need at least 4 days. Doesen't seem like much? When do I do that when I work 8 hours a day plus, go to meetings etc etc. And all that is just so I am warm, that is not even with electricity. Did I mention FUCK OFF DTE!!

Pros. and cons, costs and benefits, should I stay or should I go; it all adds up to another hard decision, but right now I am leaning toward staying in my upsidedown house. I'll give myself til the last day of the year to decide.

Got my first mail today. To the resident of... (upsidedown house address) Detroit Water and Sewage- pay us $1, past due?? Ummm, I don't have those utilities currently, so why am I giving you even $1, whatever? SOoner or later I will and I will pay them.

As mentioned I have been insulating lately. What a nasty job. Let me tell you, fiberglass on your face (and in your lungs) makes for feeling bad about yourself and what you are up to. I wear a full coverall suit, hat and gloves and I try to wear protective gear, but everything steams up, gets knocked off while crawling around in a tight crawl space under the house, or I begin to wonder if I'm probably just concentrating the poor air that I am breathing inside the mask and making matters worse. The proper gear does matter sometimes. But, today was not so bad and I am making progress, about 20x20 to go.

R30 insulation that is for 24 inch joists, even with no face (the paper barrier) is not cheap, about $40 a roll, so that's were the money has been gong lately. I also bought a fire extinguisher, an oil filled radiator and a bunch of new paint gear for the job I am on right now in Grosse Pointe. New stuff from Lowes and discounted with a family hook up. This was my first purchase outside of the city. I am trying to keep it local and real.

What else? Cash for my 35th birthday from the folks has helped with some of these purchases. LOng gone. The birthday was pretty good, especially I appreciate my lover and all that she gives everyday to me. Thanks baby!

What else?? Dispatch Detroit VOl. 8 is out and I have 5 poems published in it and the whole book rocks and if you were not at the Zeitgiest for th reading celebrating the release of th book, well you missed it becasue the folks I read with and those who came were outstanding! Cheers to having the guts to do what you believe in, be it writing poetry, publishing other people's poems or just speaking up to freinds of family, whatever it is- to you keep it up!


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