Thank you, !
This is cool!
I've posted before about the street cleaners racing up and down our street. Since then, they've gotten better, no longer drag racing.
While they are travelling slower now, maybe 30km/h instead of the 50 or so they seemed to do previously, they still don't seem to have figured out how to actually clean the street.
I didn't get pictures of them a week or so ago when they went by, dribbling water and sweeping level across a slanted gutter, sadly.
But this morning, we can see the results of FOUR passes on each side of the street, eight trips total on our block.
Not entirely sure what our tax dollars are paying for here.
Love it when there's a play: "...aaand, nobody noticed."
You have to watch this brilliant mashup of movie dance scenes done to "Uptown Funk".
If you don't know Uptown Funk yet, search YouTube for Mark Ronson Uptown Funk.
Strange how one's life can be measured.
My grandfather died in late 1996 and I bought the house from my grandmother shortly thereafter. When she moved out, she left behind some things for me, figuring I'd need them. But the biggest collection, by far, was in the garage.
Of course, I added a few items of my own to the garage when I moved in. And then when moved in with me, a few more things were added.
When I was running my computer business electronics recycling as we know it now simply was not a thing. I hated throwing things in the trash, especially if they still worked, and so the garage filled with computer parts.
Several years ago we had a 15-yard bin dropped and filled it with all the computer bit and sent it off to a local recycling company that handled electronics.
A few years later, another 15-yard bin was dropped to handle debris from the house after our basement flooded, and we redid the living room. We cleared out more stuff from the garage and the mud room.
Recently, we noticed a wet area in the mud room. Since the roof was just done last year, we knew that wasn't the issue. So, this past Friday a 12-yard bin was dropped.
While my beloved braved the mud room, I focussed on the garage. We have plans for it, but it must be emptied first. Right to the bare walls.
Slowly, bits and pieces of our lives went into the bin. Some books that had been put into the garage "for just a bit", moulding, two-by-fours, trim, videocassettes, a corner shelf unit, and then the wall-mounted shelving that my grandfather had installed.
Big, green, two-by-sixes and two-by-eights. So old that they actually measured 2-inches by 6-inches, or 2-inches by 8-inches. (Not like the current boards that are something like 1 3/4 by 7 3/4 or something stupid like that) and freaking heavy.
Most of Friday, most of Saturday, and then early-ish Sunday. As the last shuck of wood was levered up on top of the pile, and the doors closed for the last time, I looked back at the mostly empty garage. There's still two more shelving units to come down, some scrap metal for recycling, and some furniture to put to the curb, but this is the emptiest the garage has been since it was built.
A veritable lifetime, since it was built before I was born. And yet, the bulk of a life (or two, or three) sits in a 12-yard bin.
Now here's an interesting idea. A suitcase with built-in shelves.
To any of my Ontario folk, or anyone else heading up to Barrie this weekend, check it out! The snowflake man himself, will be there! Stop by, check out his wares!
Saturday August 1st through Monday August 3rd I will be exhibiting and selling my art at Kempenfest on the Barrie waterfront. If you’re anywhere near Barrie, it would be great to for you to stop by and visit! Not only will I have copies of my book Sky Crystals and tons of artwork for sale, you’ll be able to take a look at my largest prints produced to date – specifically for this show.
I’m at Booth 118 – Right next to the washroom building on Centennial Beach. Easy to find, but here’s a map (map #1): http://kempenfest.com/maps/overview-maps/
I’ll be there from 10AM to 6PM on all three days. Don’t let the threat of rain keep you away! I’m thoroughly looking forward to the show, the conversations and of course the sales that support my livelihood. If you’re looking for a small accent piece or artwork to define the main living space if your home, I’m sure I’ve got something worth talking about. :)
It’s going to be a great weekend. I hope to see you there, if even just for a great conversation!
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