Sunday, September 16, 2012

Joy of Living

in a condominium


We came home to find a puddle of water outside our kitchen window. Of course we checked to see if OUR plumbing was leaking, and NO, it isn't. Then we realized the water was dripping from the top of our window frame, which means it's coming from above, and it's inside the wall.

Yes, TWO DAYS LATER, it's still happening. I know for a fact that plumbers do work on weekends. From the building manager, we learned the occupants she contacted are renters; hopefully they've talked to the owner of their unit. Hopefully the owner isn't an absentee landlord. Meanwhile, the leaking goes on, all the way down to the parking lot.


In other news, the Topless Neighbor has been sighted. No, she wasn't topless. She was walking down the street, away from me. Wearing clothes.

Sign posted next to an apartment building: "PICK UP YOUR DOG POOP". The fact that you even have to put up such a sign speaks volumes, doesn't it?

Monday, September 3, 2012

September 2012 - What I'm Reading

Unbelievable, it's September already!

In keeping with my ongoing interest in food, I'm reading "Chew", a graphic novel with story by John Layman and art by Rob Guillory. The title will get your attention first, the art second and the story finally. But the story's a good one with reminders of "Soylent Green" but gone wa-yyy out of control.

Unfortunately, the library system has only the first volume, and there's only one in the entire system. Since 2009, 5 other volumes have been published. The DH has already finished reading it, and is wanting MORE. Any readers out there have these and willing to donate? My influence in this section goes only so far with our reduced budget for this fiscal year. Sad.

It may not seem like it, but I AM interested in other things! Style. Visual Design. Which is why I'm reading the Illustrated Elements of Style by Strunk, White and Kalman. I don't know about you, but I am definitely a visual person, and Kalman's images really bring these guidelines for clarity in writing to life. I need my own copy.