I decided to do sheets while I wrote. This is a good thing. Our basement is flooded with sewage. It was completely dry last night
To explain the back history — when we bought the house, they told us we would have to rotto-root every six months. This was okay. But the rotto rooting was always… weird. They told us our lines were actually fine, but we kept flushing baby wipes. Guys, when we moved here, the boys were 8 and twelve.
THEN about four years ago, the city came and fixed the drains on the street. They explained we had a community drain (like a party line) and that it was that part that was blocking. Since they fixed it, we haven’t needed rotto rooting. And it’s never been THIS bad. It looks like it flooded to the door of the laundry room during the night (about 200 sq feet.) We used to have a little backup, not sewage up to the door. What it looks like is like the drain was COMPLETELY closed during the night and filled with not-our-sewage. The neighbors across the street are making a new basement, and I wonder if they’ve done something particularly creative. The city is also doing SOMETHING on the other side of the street. G-d knows what the heck is going on.
Of course, this always happens when I’m backed up on laundry, so Robert and I waded in — literally — to move aside baskets of dirty clothes. Rotto rooter says they’ll be here within two hours. If they can’t solve it I’m decamping to a hotel with the family for the duration and billing whoever is responsible.
Given this, I can’t concentrate to do Witchfinder. I’m sure y’all will understand. Right now I wish I could take a shower and change my clothes, but that will have to wait till this is fixed or we get somewhere else.
Sorry for the postponement.
UPDATE: The rotto rooter man hit the blockage at 150 feet, but nothing to justify complete block. It still opened up. He thinks it’s on the city junction (we almost don’t have a lot. Handkerchief sized lawn, so unless the drain is laid out in spirals… And we need to call Wastewater and get them out here to check. Honestly, the basement has smelled like dead meat for a few days and I wonder if one of my neighbors is doing something funny or — the rotto rooter gentleman suggested — a squirrel died in the line.
NOW I’m cleaning the entire house because, well… tracked all over, right?
GIVE ME YOUR OPINIONS: We’re now up to around 4k of unexpected expenses this month. We already paid for Liberty Con flights for the entire family, so I can’t back out — and I’d like to see Jerry Pournelle again, anyway, as it’s been nine years.
I could do Project Jump Start for 10k for The Brave And The Free but I’m afraid I’ll get like 1k. … At any rate that will take a while. I’m going to open a zazzle and cafe press shop for my-stuff-related merchandise, but I don’t think that will be enough.
The other thing I could do is work through the weekend and put together a collection of DST- universe short stories and/or novellas (They need revising, mostly) and then offer them here for sale in e-arc format at $5 (Probably 40k words?)
Or I could do all of the above. What do you guys think? It’s just that at this point we’re eating into our tuition-money and I just want to cry.