Sunday, September 13, 2009
My In Town Diggs.....could have been.
If I had to do it over again, I may have had the chance to live on or a block off the plaza. I keep looking at the building, but now know that however nice it maybe, it would have been a nightmare, especially wanting any semblance of modern life, hassle free.
There is no such thing as hassle free living.
Not even a new home, ok , well maybe a new home for about a year is hassle free, sort of.
Our home has been build for a little over ten years and now, there are some items that keep life interesting.
Two weeks ago our caretaker's house developed a water leak emanating from the floor.
Up come the floor tiles, Up and out comes the concrete, necessary to expose the 1/2 inch copper water pipes.
Seems that immediately after a local lighting strike, the water pipe somehow must have been affected.
There could have been several thought on this.
The long effects of corrosive action of the copper pipe may have been touching some steel screening that was placed in the floor slab
The electric potential of the lighting strike hitting the earth could have used the water pipe as a conductor to ground and opened up a joint or a weak point in the pipe.....anyway it was a 2 or 3 day job, with more stuff to do.
I can just imagine what my 200 year old plaza house would have created in the upkeep responsibility quotient.....
Something I probably would not mind if the place was about 200 sq feet, but not one that is 3 stories, with a courtyard and 20 rooms or so.
The idea is to reduce some of the "stuff" that happens, and keep a balance of stuff that needs to be done.
Sometimes it can just wear you down. Leaky toilets. dripping faucets, rusting gutters and a roof leak or two, can upset that perfect vacation picture.
There is something to be said for not owing a place, but then again, somehow we have been drilled into , the security of ownership.
At this point is may be a little overrated.
Ask me in another month or two and I will probably change my mind.
Maybe just a single room on the plaza with no lawn, no caretaker and no responsibilities would suffice.....maybe not!