Month: September 2017

23 Sep

Step 1 on My Home To-Do List

It is a good thing that I planned ahead when a teen in high school. I took all kinds of shop classes to learn basic construction skills. I loved the woodworking tools and the skills I had to hone to do decent work. Making cabinets and furniture had to come later in more advanced classes. Electrical work always eluded me, but I wasn’t bad at welding. This is not something you have time to learn as an adult. Now I can do some much-needed repairs around the house and yard. I have let things go and my to-do list is growing. I might even buy my own cheap welder instead of renting one. I know that there will always be things to attend to over the years. I can loan it to friends and neighbors since they often do the same for me.

In case you are curious, my repair list is rather mundane and no different than any other homeowner’s. Here are the top five items.

  1. Repair the metal fence with the welder so I don’t have to have the neighbor’s dog in my yard everyday doing his business.
  2. Repainting the trellis over the back patio which looks one hundred years old, at least.
  3. Putting in new screens in the kitchen windows. Simple. I just buy the right size.
  4. Building a metal shelving unit for toils and storage items in the garage. Again with the handy welder. I have to tell you that I got an A in shop class every time.
  5. Last but not least, I must put in a new kitchen faucet or fix the leaky one with the welder.

There are actually tons more things to do like new innards in the toilet that will be more efficient, cleaning out or exchanging the AC air ducts, nailing down a loose board in the hallway wood floor, and welding the hot water tank to its stand. It seems to wobble at times and I fear the consequences. A flood is not a situation you want to be in because you are too lazy to hire a repairman. I can do most things, making it all on my capable shoulders. I don’t mean to boast, but I am proud of my skills.

When all is said and done, the house, yard, and garage will be in tip-top shape and not need much attention for years to come. The welder will sleep for a while in its special place under the new metal shelves. I, for one, hope it won’t see the light of day for a very long time. This means that I am free to do other things such as support my personal causes. It is time to get back to airing the dirty laundry of the world. Tune in later for more on my usual topics. I am a citizen of a world in need of repair. Maybe I need to get out that welder after all. Ha!

12 Sep

Scary Stuff

There is a nightclub around the corner from the city hall that welcomes the LBGT community. Thus, it is one of my favorites. I am friends with many regulars so it is a wonderful social venue. I am sorry to say that it was recently the location of a violent incident. There was late night vandalism and hate mongering. It is a sad state of the world indeed. I thought we had made more progress than this. Do you have to segregate yourself to be safe from harm? Any of the patrons could have been victims. When people go on a rampage, anything can happen. When name calling abounds, the locals get riled and it can result in physical aggression. Someone could be hit, knifed, or shot. The subject of self defense comes up more often these days. No one feels safe even during the day. It is a quiet area at night with few pedestrians. There is no deterrent such as a bright street light.

The owner of the club felt very threatened and insecure on behalf of the patrons. He voiced concerns about safety and vowed to install additional precautions including the best outdoor motion sensor lights that I could find. In fact, he would add several in front and a few in back. People like to go outside in the good weather to enjoy a balmy night. Despite his good intensions, I am afraid to go back. I may change my mind as I see how things turn out. If no other incidents are reported in a few weeks, I may return accompanied by a friend. Remember, there is safety in numbers. Just to be spiteful, I want to hire a body guard but I know it is ridiculous. Only celebrities use them. I am just an average person who is aware of imminent danger lurking behind every corner. I hate to be so paranoid.

I resent that a few people can decide to ruin a community. The problem is that they disappear quickly and move on to another location. You can’t catch them and use them as a public example. I would like to see an outcry when they go to court. I would support tough judicial decisions. Vandalism isn’t usually a violent crime, but I know the kind of people who perpetuate it. They are capable of much more and are often looking for trouble when they haunt a busy and popular place.

My friends and I feel put upon and particularly annoyed that this is happening to us. I decided to check online to see if other areas of the country experience similar problems. I found that it is a common problem. Once certain groups are targeted, the worms inevitably crawl out of the woodwork. It is as if they have been given a secret go-ahead signal. There must be some secret code that exists in the underworld, the low belly of society. I hope you have not been subjected to hate crimes and that you will spread the word of caution.