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The home-owner's lament

This morning, I found another puddle on the floor and more toadstools growing in the corner of my littlest room, and decided things couldn't be left as they were for much longer. Obviously, whatever's going on there isn't going to go away by itself, and I was left with no alternative but to call in the plumber. Strangely, since I told them over the phone that I thought the leakage came from the connection to the sewer, they sent someone round who knew about installing boilers and the like, but hadn't yet been trained on how to handle sewer leakages. So now they're sending round an experienced plumber tomorrow...and I've been warned that in order for them to do a proper, not a patch-up job, the cost will be...well, they didn't say 'prohibitive', but I got the impression the repairs may end up costing me a pretty penny. Don't know where I'm going to get the money from, but I felt I couldn't go back to ignoring this problem, now that I know it exists. Oh, why did I ever decide to get onto the property ladder? If I'd stayed in rented accommodation, this sort of thing would have been the landlord's responsibility to sort.

Now, on top of all this worry, I've also got the mother of all colds to deal with. Please God I get that job. It'll help towards the bill, and I'm due a break.

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gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
I feel better already, knowing I'm, in such excellent company. ;-)

You okay? I know you said you're far far away from New Orleans, but Katrina seems to have been quite extensive and destructive -- I just want to make sure you and yours are fine.
vegmb
Aug. 31st, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
Okay is a relative term. I am about a 4 hour drive west of New Orleans. With huricanes, the southeast of the eye gets the worst damage. I didn't even get any rain at my house, though there was some wind. Emotionally it is really tough right now. There are so many people who have just literally lost everything in their lives, sometimes including their family. There are evacuees everywhere with room for them to fit, shelters set up for them, camp grounds, hotels...and so many of them with small children and little or no money.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
and so many of them with small children and little or no money.

Breaks your heart, doesn't it? I can't imagine that kind of stress, on the families as well as the community at large. Kind of puts everything I worry about in my life right now in perspective. You hang in there -- my thoughts are with you.
vegmb
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Breaks your heart, doesn't it?
Yes it does.

Kind of puts everything I worry about in my life right now in perspective.
It really does. And to know that if it had been just a little further west, I could be in their shoes.