Monday, January 07, 2013

built this balustrade

As someone who deals in words and sometimes pictures, I have a lot of admiration for people who know how to make things.  Concrete things, useful things, like houses and subway trains and computers.

There's one sight that always fills me with awe, that of downtown from across the river, especially at night.  Gleaming highrises, warm light spilling from banks of windows and reflecting off the water below, make me marvel that somebody actually knew how to build these.  They saw their vision through, from sketches on paper to solid towers of glass and steel.  I could see myself tackling a table perhaps, albeit badly, but I could never even fathom how to build a highrise.

We currently have a pencil jammed into the toilet tank in the en suite, to stop the toilet from flushing itself every two minutes, which it started doing earlier today.  Since the shutoff valve is broken, it's the best we can do until the plumber arrives in three days.  And for that, the Spousal Unit is my hero.  If left to my own devises, I would have just slept in the spare room for the next few nights.  And then written a whiny blog post about it.

10 comments:

Rebelle said...

Either way it would have been a win win for us.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are far too kind and accepting of my whiny ways, Rebelle.

Allison said...

I wouldn't have any idea how to fix that, so bravo to Jerry!

Three days for a plumber to come out? That seems long to me. I hope the problem isn't too costly to fix.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It is rather a long wait, isn't it, Al? Sure glad we have multiple toilets!

LesleyG said...

I like to think we're all capable of a certain amount of engineering if life demands it. You know, human adaptation and all. Toilets, yes. Buildings, not as much.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You see the best in everyone, Lesley! Some of us (ie me) adapt less well than others, though.

The Zombie Survival Blogger said...

I'm really not even sure what to say to that one except that I wish you luck in getting the maintenance man there quickly! haha

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The plumber has been here and the pencil has been retrieved from the toilet tank, Zombie Survival Blogger, and can now be used in our own arsenal in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Theodore Schmidt said...

That balustrade really needs to be fixed and remodeled because there are parts in which the paint is fading and corroded.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

True, Theodore. It's actually in an old school building that is being renovated.