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back home and on the mend

October 15th, 2010 (06:40 am)
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So I got sick, but I'm getting better. Turns out when they say "don't drink the water," they should be saying, "don't even LOOK at it." Good news: even if you have giardiasis and are puking out one end and spraying out the other, you can cut your problem in half by taking the maximum safe dose of Immodium, and cut your problem at the other end by being too nauseous to eat! Yay.

Anyway, I'm better now, and my adventures in the housing market are resuming. I've looked at a couple of houses lately, and I've seen one fixer-upper that's a potential buy and one that's a freakin' nightmare. In the nightmare, somebody added on a screened-in porch. The part of the porch that connects to the house does not have a joist. Or any real support at all. Its support consists entirely of its rafters overlapping the previously-existing house roof. Inside what was once a garage, there's a huge pillar system of wood and such designed to keep the roof from buckling. I took a look at it and FREAKED OUT. The realtor was a little surprised, which amazed me.

REALTOR. "Um, is that bad? I'm not a builder."
ME. "WE SHOULD NOT BE STANDING IN THIS ROOM BECAUSE IT WILL COLLAPSE AND KILL US ALL."

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Posted by: sharaith (sharaith)
Posted at: October 15th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)

o__O You probably take your life in your hands, being a realtor for some of those buildings. :)

Posted by: A large duck (burger_eater)
Posted at: October 15th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)

Glad you're feeling better, and that The Money Pit didn't fall on you. :)

Posted by: Seperis (seperis)
Posted at: October 15th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)

So I got sick, but I'm getting better. Turns out when they say "don't drink the water," they should be saying, "don't even LOOK at it."

Knowing the water exists is also dangerous, as a friend who was abroad for six months once told me. Your advice was pretty much his as well, with added sad stories of dehydration and remarkably shady stories of backroom negotiation for bottled water and whatnot (I suspect those parts of the story owe more to fever hallucinations than actual, er, life events).


REALTOR. "Um, is that bad? I'm not a builder."
ME. "WE SHOULD NOT BE STANDING IN THIS ROOM BECAUSE IT WILL COLLAPSE AND KILL US ALL."


God, I wish I could remember what entry Syne did recently on house hunting and a backporch apparently built with the idea it could float while the floor ended up at an angle unknown to anyone but Lovecraft.

Being the daughter of a builder, that entire paragraph made me cringe. Just--no no no.

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: October 15th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)

gracious. glad you're on the mend.

You don't have any weight to lose!

Posted by: SithRose (sithrose)
Posted at: October 18th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)

Mmmmm, giardiasis. Such GREAT fun. Are you enjoying your Flagyl dosage yet?

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