I’m Alive

Mostly.  But chapter will be tomorrow.  It’s started and everything, but I’m having trouble concentrating because… sinus infection.  For today, I have two announcements, the first general.  I don’t know if you’ve heard of Liberty Island, but if you haven’t they’re looking for submissions from Liberty-minded people.  (And I owe them a short.)  Later on Charlie and I will be bringing out a Human Wave Anthology through them.

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The next announcement is strictly local:

TOP SECRET //GCHQ/NSA/DGSE JOINT  SHAPESHIFTER TASK FORCE.…DECLASSIFICATION DATE 01AUG43

SURVEILLANCE FIELD NOTES // 1AUG13 THROUGH 30AUG13

SUPERVISING FIELD AGENT J. CAESAR

IN ACCORDANCE WITH GCHQ/NSA/DGSE JOINT SHAPESHIFTER TASK FORCE ORDER 12-003623 DATED 12NOV12, SURVEIL TEAM DELTA MOVED TO COLORADO DENVER METRO AREA ON 29JUN13 TO INVESTIGATE INTEL PROVIDED BY AGENT [REDACTED] REGARDING POSSIBLE LOCATION OF RUMORED “THE GEORGE”. SEE PREVIOUS FILED SURVEILLANCE FIELD NOTES DATED 30JUL13.

IN ACTIVE SURVEILLANCE OF POTENTIAL SHAPESHIFTER SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS, SECONDARY ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE TEAM FOXTROT INTERCEPTED CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN PREVIOUSLY NOTED SUSPICIOUS PERSONS TENTATIVELY IDENTIFIED AS “HOYTS HORDE”, WOMAN WITH ONE SUSPICIOUS MALE AGED HER CONTEMPORARY AND TWO SUSPICIOUS MALES OF AGES APPROX 18 & 20.

INDIVIDUALS WERE DISCUSSING UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR A FIBER ARTS NON PROFIT TITLED “TACTILE” WHICH WAS OFFERING A FUNDRAISING SALE ON DONATED FABRICS, BEADS, YARN, SEWING PATTERNS, NOTIONS, INTERIOR DECORATOR FABRICS, WHICH WERE DESCRIBED AS GREAT FOR UPHOLSTERY OR COSTUMES. ALSO SEWING PATTERNS INCLUDING VINTAGE PATTERNS, SEWING MACHINES OFFERED FOR $25 EACH. ALSO DESCRIBED AT THE SALE WAS LACE TRIM, LACE COLLARS, VINTAGE TABLECLOTHS AND NAPKINS.

THE SALE IS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH, FROM 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM WITH A SPECIAL BAG SALE – ALL YOU CAN FIT IN A BAG FOR $10 FROM 4:00 PM TO 5:00 PM.

LOCATION IS 1955 S. QUINCE ST. DENVER COLORADO 80231

WEBSITE: www.tactilearts.org

And now I’m going to clean the house and have a lot of caffeine, so I can write.  The chapter, yes, but other stuff too.

71 responses to “I’m Alive

  1. Christopher M. Chupik

    Dang it, we’re Huns, not a horde! 😉

    Seriously, though, hope you feel better soon.

  2. Hey, Sept. 28th I will be with you!

    And hm, Liberty Island, eh? I’d have to write something, everything finished is subbed out or published at the moment I think. Maybe… I’ll go read guidelines. I have an idea.

  3. Oh good. I was afraid you’d washed into the Arkansas or South Platte like the rest of the Front Range.

  4. Do you have a hole for a sump pump, or is that one of those “after the HVAC” renovations to be tackled someday?

    Yesterday I defrosted the deep freezer, and discovered it has a drain plug on the bottom. Which doesn’t seal well, apparently, as water leaked out, underneath, and then under a wall into an area of the basement where no water should be. I was standing there going “What’s leaking under that shelf? The air conditioner’s freshly repaired, the washing machine isn’t on, and… oh, no, I see ripping out and repairing a wall coming up…”

    • Actually it’s not that MUCH water, but it’s a trickle behind the shelves and it will grow mold if I don’t dry it/clean it.

    • A sump pump in Colorado is about as useful as a freezer in Antarctica.

    • I’m not sure there’s much that I hate worse than looking at the floor and saying, “Hmmm, where’s that water coming from?” It never ends well, or inexpensively.

      • The toilet flooded a couple of times in my old apartment. Very old pipes. Plus it also started to leak at the base several times. And considering the toilet seat was kind of wobbly even in the beginning and got considerably worse with time (which connected to the leaking at the base part), and the floor underneath the not very well done waterproofing (okay, practically nonexistent waterproofing, maybe because there was just a toilet and a sink, no shower) was wood I think I know where the probable mold in the place was living (I developed asthma when I lived there, now, six years after I moved, that’s pretty much gone).

        Once I didn’t notice right after I flushed, just got out without looking back, then after a moment started wondering about the funny sounds… 😀 And those things always seem to happen a) late in the evening or in the middle of the night and b) during the weekend or holidays, and the longer the holiday the more likely something will happen.

        So let’s call the landlord. Who promises he will try to find somebody the next day or so.

        And complaining to the landlord never led to anything much, apart from some first aid measures. He was a very nice old university professor (which also meant I never cared to call too late in the evening, much less during the night no matter what happened) but as a landlord not very good, at least not when it came to keeping the property in shape. Ridiculously cheap rent, especially for the area, there was no visible mold and the bigger water and other disasters all happened during the last years I was there were the reasons I stayed as long as I did.

        Both owning and renting have their own problems. I like renting (plus I can afford it), leave the worrying to the owner, but that works only when the owner is actually willing to do something.

        • William O. B'Livion

          This wouldn’t happen to have been near 9th and Rogers, would it?

          • Er, try Finland. Similar problems everywhere? 😀

            Frankly, I suspect that apartment might have been declared unfit for occupation, at least during the last years, if I had complained to the health department. Didn’t care to though. I liked the owner in spite of everything – seemed to be more of a case of old and absentminded and not very practical than anything like a deliberate skinflint – and living there was my decision, after all. And his son runs it now, as far as I know, and there were some sort of bigger repairs started just when I did move out.

            Considering I expected problems due to the rent I was paying it wasn’t too bad, especially since for about the first decade things worked tolerably well. If you don’t count the likelihood of (invisible) mold, and it still took me six years before I started to develop health problems there so I just didn’t connect those problems to the apartment for a long time. After some more years I started to wonder, and then suspect after the bigger toilet disasters, but the big point has been the fact that I seem to have been having a miracle recovery after moving. I don’t even get colds much anymore.

  5. Hope you feel better tomorrow… That group looks interesting …

  6. Any prospects of moving yet? If part of your problem is mold spores you may get rid of at least some of those recurring infections when you finally do (well, provided the next house doesn’t have anything…). If there is mold there hopefully that water in the basement won’t make things worse.

    • I don’t think it’s mold spores. I think it’s mostly dust. The climate here is dry enough… But we need to fix this issue before we SELL.

      • Do you really? What I mean to say is, a Victorian is known to come with, well, the problems inherent in the system, just like a Sears kit house, or adobe, or govt-built former base housing. Somebody put it on the market with those problems – being a Victorian, likely quite a few somebodies, serially, and it always sold before. You bought it when it was on the market with these problems.

        You aren’t going to sell a perfect showpiece house, not unless you have ten extra years out of a timeslip to remodel and far more money than you’ll get out of it, because… it’s a Victorian. Perhaps after you feel better, you might want to grab a real estate agent, go to lunch or coffee, and draw up a list of what problems they’ve seen in current houses they’ve sold, what really, actually does need to be fixed for the next buyer… and what you should cut your losses, and leave for the next buyer (who, after all, is perfectly aware they’re looking at a Victorian) to remodel to their heart’s content.

        • No, but we’re at least going to do the minimum, which includes getting that stupid door sealed. I just need some time…

        • Another reason to have that talk with a real estate agent is to find out what local law requires you to disclose / have certified nowadays. For example, here in Plano TX you have to disclose all founndation work you are aware of.

          • We’ve bought three houses in this region. We’ve fixed most of the things the owners had to disclose here, BUT we need to buy a real door for that opening. That’s not a lot, it’s 600. But the contcrete work to set it in is going to set us back 2k. Well, I have a book to finish. We’ll get there.

  7. Sarah was very kind to include a note about my wife’s fundraiser at TACtile. If you are familiar with the Denver area, TACtile is located near the intersection of Quebec and Jewell, a block north of the Denver Dumb Friends League … and was above water the last we checked …

  8. I’ve been keeping an eye on Liberty Island, but I haven’t seen much current news and thought they were on a delay. Is there a new update?

  9. Hmm. Maybe I’ll dust off my Voodoo and Jinn story and see if they think it’s up to snuff. Get well lady.

  10. So there’s water in the basement, but it isn’t that bad? Anything down there get damaged yet?

  11. I checked the 2 meter band amateur radio band repeater network. The ARES guys (amateur radio operator emergency teams) are getting a workout communicating with Estes Park as the phone company has not gotten the phone links to town up yet.

  12. Christopher M. Chupik

    Stay safe. Flooding is scary. As a Calgarian, I have personal experience in that regard.

  13. One thing about where I live In CO. Springs, it seldom floods. We’re about 300 feet higher in elevation than where Sarah lives, yet not more than four miles as the crow flies. The water would have to get mighty deep to flood my basement.

  14. Incidentally, did you receive my email about Witchfinder? Just want to make sure you’re not still waiting for it.