This post is a tribute to my friend Jean Yates awesome blog because I love how she very humorously talks about all the things on her mind, however random they may seem. They are probably not random at all actually in the big picture, and the more I read her blog, the more I realize this. Ok, so here are the things in my head right now:
First, the plumbing is fixed! The yard is put back together and the water rushes through the house at an amazing pace now! YAY for indoor plumbing, and for no sewage backups in the basement! So as I spent most of the last two days cooped up in the house, trying to work but distracted by the large machinery in the front yard, and trying to ignore my bladder when the water was off, I was optimistically humming these Alanis Morrissette song lyrics, "the only way Out is Through..." That's kinda sick, isn't it? I am sure she wasn't singing about plumbing on that one. It's actually one of my favorite relationship songs from her, very optimistic really. So anyway, I looked it up on You Tube to share, and what did I find? A melodramatic video of Scully and Mulder from the X-Files, set to the song. Ok, good enough for me!
Geez, wasn't that a great show? I mean, the individual stories were great, the wide plot was great, how can you not love David Duchovney? And the romantic tension between the two was incredible. Really, one of my favorite shows, although I do remember feeling it jumped the shark a bit at the end, I don't remember when. I remember a movie in the mix. But I haven't thought about it in a while, and seeing the video made me long for those great alien hunting days.
Speaking of aliens... and plumbing...yes, the two do go together...
Whenever we have a water crunch, which we have had lately, since this plumbing issue has actually been haunting us for months now, I think of Neelix from Star Trek Voyager. Yeah, I am a nerd, I'll go there. When Neelix was rescued by Voyager, it was from a planet where water was scarce, a rare commodity. There is this great scene, where Neelix discovers that water is plentiful upon arriving on the starship, and he's found in his quarters submerged in a bathtub I think, splashing around like a child, and pouring water like it was champagne. I actually remember him making one of those champagne glass pyramids that you see at fancy weddings and pouring water from that. But that could just be my memory and I couldn't find a clip online, which surprised me, so I might be making that up. I thought of this moment because when the trucks drove away and he had signed that big old check, Chuck declared that he was going to run the laundry AND take a shower at the same time! Not that we advocate rampant misuse and wasting of water, its just that we have had to plan carefully our laundry/ showers/ dishwashing/ flushing for months now, and it is very freeing to be able to celebrate the wonders of functional plumbing again.
So some final thoughts on plumbing is that I was very impressed by the work our plumbers did. What hard, ugly work. They were very professional, communicative, hard working, and thorough. If any of you are in Metro Detroit and need plumbers, we recommend the Nelson Brothers Plumbing. I believe in giving credit for work well done, so there it is. And with Labor Day this weekend, I am mindful of all the workers who work so hard, in difficult conditions. We have a really very privileged life as artists, so I have always appreciated those who labor so hard for the things that make our lives great.
And in celebration of Labor Day Weekend, I am having a rare sale on the website, until Monday, September 3rd, midnight EST. You can take 20% off your entire purchase on retail sales placed in the usa with the code: LaborLove
Have a great weekend, all!