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and now the screaming starts...part six (the screaming starts to stop) - The Villages

Date: 2007-04-20 23:52
Subject: and now the screaming starts...part six (the screaming starts to stop)
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Mood:bit tiredbit tired
Music:doll by doll

I honestly couldn't tell you, without looking it up, how long this has been going on now. Seven weeks? Eight? It seems as though we have always lived in little cramped spaces among the piles of boxes and bags and rubbish in the bedroom and living room. I know, intellectually, that there was a time when I got up in the middle of the night to go to the loo and I didn't fall over a bag full of shoes or a box of books that seemed eminently avoidable when we went to bed. I feel as if I have always been tapping these posts out on a laptop sitting on the bed. In other words, this madness has become normal.
And now it's nearly over.
I've been cautioned about the use of the phrase `almost finished,' and quite rightly so because we are a distance from being finished. The bathroom still needs tiling - a job I don't feel confident of doing successfully myself - the toilet upstairs needs installing, the air-con upstairs needs installing (I'm not going to get into air-con issues, I've been told we're having one and I have to put up with it so you'll have to too) and some niggling bits and pieces need doing, including decorating and replacing the carpets in the flat that have been destroyed by a megatonne of plaster, sand, sawdust, bits and pieces of wiring and plaster, all trodden in by the builders. The Little Room With All The Boxes needs to be stripped back to basics and totally redecorated before I can even countenance putting up shelving and getting stuff onto the walls and unbagging the PC.
But the major stuff is done. If we tidied up the sawdust and bits of tools and stuff upstairs, we would have a usable bedroom. The sink works, the power's connected, and god only knows it's tidier up there right now than it is down here. We are, as they say, on the last lap. The final straight. The last quarter. And other sports-related metaphors. Or is it similes? I can never remember.
I admit, grudgingly, that it all looks pretty good. It's always a pleasure to see good work done by professionals, and to my poorly-tutored eye this is good work. I still can't quite convince myself it was all worth it, though.
That having been said, there have been a number of reasons this week to do the Happy Dance. My friend Lou Anders has been nominated for a Hugo Award (and all right-thinking Villagers who have Hugo voting rights should vote for him) John Picacio, who is a mighty, mighty artist, has been nominated for two Hugo Awards (and all right-thinking...well, you know) I signed an option from a chap in the States to make a film of my short story `The Trauma Jockey,' we finally got broadband, and it works without any problems (punches air and shouts `yay!' in totally undeserved demonstration of technological victory) and Doll By Doll's albums were finally, finally, after more than a quarter of a century, issued on CD.
Bogna is on Poland on family business right now, so it's a bit lonely here, even with the cats. I am absolutely exhausted.
I'll post some pics in the next couple of days, for those of you who can be bothered to look.
Nighty night,

Davey Six Toes

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-04-23 04:56 (UTC)
Subject: Congrats to you and yours!
Congratulations! There is so much to be grateful for in spite of your wife's travels; however, that does mean you get the whole bed to yourself AND first dibs on the bathroom in the morning.

One question remains -- Who are you really and what have you done with our curmudgeonly friend?

-the ojm
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User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-04-23 17:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It must be really nice getting to the end of it all. LOL, now, traditionally people finally finish the structural and decorating work on the house two weeks before it's time to sell :)

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User: jmward14
Date: 2007-05-05 05:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay on "The Trauma Jockey"! That's fabulous news--and probably a little money for the reno fund. :-)
Trust Bogna's home safe and sound, and life continues to putter toward normal. Have you made arrangements for the tiling, etc.?
Sorry I've been so quiet. I managed to catch a thoroughly nasty con crud at RavenCon, and I'm still not 100 percent. Which means I'm not checking my LJ as often as I should. But you and Bogna are always in my thoughts. Yours is the first blog I've looked at in ages. :-)
Jean Marie
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User: hutch0
Date: 2007-05-06 00:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, Jean Marie. Good to hear from you.
Yes, life continues to baffle me. What continues to baffle me is that, despite the fact that `The Trauma Jockey' is the nastiest story I ever wrote, it's the one that keeps selling.
It's only an option, and I know the chances of a film ever being made are slimmer than Mr Slim from Slim City in the Country of the Slim, but I figure it'll be fun to see what happens. And you know it did my fratchy old heart good just to be asked.
I hope you're feeling better soon. Con crud seems to be worryingly common; a lot of people came back from EasterCon last year with coughs and sneezes. And bless you for thinking of us.
Big Hugs.
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