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days four and five - The Villages

hutch0
Date: 2009-05-13 22:53
Subject: days four and five
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It's commonplace over here, when you're having building work done on your home, to hire a skip. This is a sort of big metal open dumpster thing, usually yellow, which gets parked in the road outside your home and into which rubble and stuff gets dumped. When it's full or the job's over, a bloke in a big lorry comes along, hoists the skip, and takes it away to a landfill or a recycling site or wherever.
There's a charming tradition that, whenever someone gets a skip, word goes out about its existence on some kind of subconscious level and everyone in the area comes along to dump rubbish, old mattresses, pianos, cars and deceased family members in it because they can't be arsed to get rid of it themselves. I remember the house across the road from us was being renovated a few years ago and they had a pretty big skip, and one night I heard a car pull up and something clattering outside. I peeked through the curtains and saw a chap with an estate car full of broken-up kitchen units, dumping them into the skip. This was around midnight, and this chap had driven specially from wherever he lived in order to quietly dump his rubbish in someone else's skip.
Something similar happened when we were having the attic converted; we attracted a mattress and what looked like the remains of a child's bed. So when we got one for the present work, I was fully expecting to see alien rubble.
But yesterday morning I was sorting out Kuron's medication and I heard some banging and crashing outside. I looked out of the window, and saw a big blue van pulled up beside our skip and three blokes removing our old cooker from it and chucking it into the van. Presumably they were scavenging for scrap, but that was a first for me - someone taking something out of a skip.
Workwise, we now have a new ceiling, the kitchen has been rewired and lights installed. The Boys seem to have fixed the wobbly shower tray somehow. They've fixed the ties to attach the wall between the kitchen and the bathroom to the outside wall, and in doing so have managed to crack quite a lot of plaster off the bathroom side of the wall, but that's relatively simple to repair.
I'm presuming they're going to plaster the kitchen either tomorrow or Friday and let it go off over the weekend, then replumb us, put the new floor down, and then install the new units and worktops.
As of this evening, we seem still to be on track.
However. If I don't get a proper meal - cooked by myself and involving potatoes, maybe a steak or a pork chop, salad and some Oxo gravy - very soon, I may go quietly out of my tiny mind. Apart from one blissful takeaway pizza we've been eating those microwave meals, which look in the adverts as if they could feed a football team but which in reality are no larger than a pot of yoghurt.
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User: sarcobatus
Date: 2009-05-14 00:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"those microwave meals, which look in the adverts as if they could feed a football team but which in reality are no larger than a pot of yoghurt"

I'll take a pot of yogurt over microwave any day, any time.

I don't envy you and Bogna, going through all this upset. But it sounds like you have a good crew in your kitchen. That, in and of itself, is a boon.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-14 20:51 (UTC)
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There are hundreds of millions of people in the world worse-off than I am, so it's really rather crass for me to complain about a fortnight eating microwave meals. And compared to what we went through with the attic, this is pretty small beer, really.
Yes, Krszysz and his mates do seem to know what they're doing. They arrive on time, they work hard, they're scrupulously neat and tidy, and they seem to know what they're up to. We'll see. If everything stays to schedule, we should be more or less finished by this time next week.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2009-05-14 01:29 (UTC)
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"Apart from one blissful takeaway pizza we've been eating those microwave meals"

No Indian takeaways nearby? Bloody hell, back in the (Exeter) day I'd have looked upon this experience as a wondrous excuse to eat Indian/Chinese every night . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-14 20:41 (UTC)
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There are indeed Indian and Chinese takeaways, and, this being North London, some not-too-shabby kebab houses, too. But after buying the new microwave Bogna bulk-purchased as many microwave meals as she could carry. However, we've finished them now. Tonight was fish and chips. A real meal, at last.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2009-05-14 21:06 (UTC)
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"as many microwave meals as she could carry"

Which is quite a lot when they weigh about 30g apiece, I know!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-14 22:56 (UTC)
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Yes, it is. *sigh*
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jmward14: DuzWriter
User: jmward14
Date: 2009-05-14 02:09 (UTC)
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This is the point where my dad, after working a twelve-hour day, would drag his aching bones into the little house in Splinter Village and carol in his sweetest, most persuasive tenor: "Jean, you look bushed. It's way too late to start cooking now. Why don't we go out?"
My mother had him trained, she did.
Hugs and grins,
Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-14 20:38 (UTC)
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I try that, Bogna just tells me there are some boxes we have to move.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2009-05-15 00:24 (UTC)
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I think it helped that he was Irish. Hugs and grins, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-16 00:00 (UTC)
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:-)
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2009-05-14 06:36 (UTC)
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I thought 'the other people's rubbish in skips' thing was something of a myth. I guess it's because skip-hire is so ridiculously expensive and the little Hitlers that man the local tips deter anyone from taking more than a bag of hedge clippings.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-14 20:37 (UTC)
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You've obviously never experienced the joys of skip-hire. The ironic thing is, our council has started having skip-days, when they park a skip in your road and you can dump into it whatever your dark heart wants rid of. Unfortunately, they always do this on a weekday when most people are at work, so the skip always goes away almost empty.
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2009-05-14 20:58 (UTC)
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I've had loads of skips (he says, only slightly affronted). The skip-day is a great idea, albeit poorly implemented. Isn't that always the way?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-14 22:59 (UTC)
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Sorry, Mike. You sounded like a skip neophyte. Yes, skip day is a brilliant idea, and Barnet Council send round leaflets a couple of weeks in advance to let people know the skip's coming to their road. But it's always during the week, and it's gone by the time people come home from work, so unless you want to take some time off you've missed it.
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2009-05-15 03:03 (UTC)
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We have those here, called Dumpsters, and the same thing happens. people will sneak around and put all sorts of rubbish and junk in them. I laughed when I read about those blokes taking your old cooker OUT!! LOL
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-15 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It wouldn't have happened a few years ago; scrap metal prices tanked so much that scrapyards were charging people to process their old cars, so drivers were just abandoning them on the street. The price of scrap must have gone up again, at least enough to make it worthwhile driving around looking for stuff people have thrown away. Still, I was sad to see that cooker go. I'd been cooking on that thing for seventeen or eighteen years.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2009-05-18 01:35 (UTC)
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Ahh, you got one of those newfangled revolving door skips. Welcome to the brave new world of the 21st century ;-)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-19 21:17 (UTC)
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It's recycling in action, without having to do any recycling. And it's still happening. Tonight the chap across the road came over and asked if he could have some of the discarded wood for his allotment. If we carry on like this there'll be less in the skip than there was when it arrived.
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