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In the midst of all the drama of having two of my family’s properties on the market at the same time (selling ANYTHING real estate in LA during Covid comes with an unhealthy dose of drama) I just had two fond flashbacks of my dad’s idiosyncrasies.

One of my dad’s favorite pasttimes as a child was going to the theater, back in the 1930s and 1940s. And he loved spy movies. His shop was in a very old building on Broadway, built before 1900. It looked like one of those buildings from Ghostbusters. And all the offices had those old metal Venetian blinds from the 40s.

On the occasions where I went to work with him, and it was just he and I closing up things at the end of the day, sometimes he would step over to the window and rapidly flash the blinds open and shut, like Morse code. I asked him what he was doing, and he said it was something he saw in a movie!

And then, when we got to the door, he would take a small strip of cardboard from a matchbook cover, fold it in half, and carefully put it into the hinged side of the door jamb as he was closing the door. He said it was his way of telling if the management let themselves into the office during the night!

He said he only found it on the ground once.

Maybe I should start a thread in chat about idiosyncrasies. :idea:
 
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Well, it’s been over a month and, as is often the case, a lot of things can happen in a month. I guess first and foremost is that I closed escrow on my mother’s house. The Brady Bunch house is no longer in the Algazy family. I posted a couple of pictures of the remodeling work I did there in the “Ideologies” thread in chat. I’m pretty proud of that work. The house I grew up in fell out of escrow, the listing expired, and I now have a new listing due to start in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, the tinnitus I’ve pretty much had my whole life seemed to be getting slightly worse, which I learned a while back can be a sign of high blood pressure. So I bought a Fitbit and a blood pressure monitor ( for less than a visit to the doctor costs) and determined that while my heart is well below average (resting heart rate 54-55bpm), my blood pressure isn’t great (I have to be still for over 20 minutes to get under 130/85). I also figured my fast-food, high sodium diet wasn’t helping.

So I ramped up my daily exercise routine (Fitbit now estimates I’m burning 3400 calories a day) and am trying to eat more store-bought salty food instead of drive-thru fast food (I hate extreme measures!) In the last 2.5 months I’ve lost 10lbs (190 from 200) and brought my blood pressure down 4 points. I am very satisfied with both my diagnosis and my prescription. 😉 My wife, who is also a good generator of aphorisms, had this to say: If YOU are not THE expert on you, you’ve got some work to do.” Smart lady there.😊

Whiile I was trying to stay a few steps ahead of the realtors and the shark buyers, I split my time between working on Landcruiser parts (self-imposed moratorium on working on vehicles) hiking and cycling to include a new remodeling project: I added a mini deck to the front of the office. I miss my time camping in the desert, hanging out at old mining cabins. And since I am always scrounging weathered lumber to do repairs on those cabins, I decided to use a little for myself!
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It’s not quite done yet, but only the two vertical 4x4s and their concrete anchors are new; everything else is recycled from other projects. And I’d always wanted to do something with a wood pallet, so just last week I grabbed one from a neighbor up the street and in 15 minutes turned it into a picket fence! The two plants in the pic both came from my mom’s house. :)

As always, please hit the like button so I know you’ve dropped by. Unfortunately I had to disable the reply function.
 
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So now I’m sitting here realizing that a big piece of MY history, the house that has been a part of my life since before I could walk, will soon be no more. 😭

Anyone here know the Dan Fogelberg song “Souveniers “?

“Here is a key to a house far away
where I used to live as a child
They tore down the building when I moved away
and left the key unreconciled “



"...The ghosts of the dawn
Moving near.
They pass through your sorrow
And leave you quite still...
Sitting among souvenirs." - Dan Fogleberg

Yes, a great song by a great artist. The first album I ever purchased with "my own money that I earned" was Nether Lands. I still have it, although it hasn't been out of the cover for over 35 years.

I used to write down his lyrics to try to decipher their meanings. As time goes by, and my life goes on, I realize that I may never really totally understand them. Even if I live them, I'll only understand what they mean to me.

It's sad to hear about your childhood home being destroyed. Keep your memories fresh: write about them.

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Breakthrough!

We bought my daughter and SIL a small table and chairs as a holiday gift for Olivia and baby A; Becky and Daniel had something similar when they were small. We had to wait almost a month for the ‘all clear’ just to deliver it to their backyard.☹️ Figured it was going to be another pleasant lunch with Becky (from across the table) which it was.

I no sooner agreed to assemble the table and chairs than Becky went in the house and brought Olivia out! She was absolutely wide-eyed to see us. The kids have been SO isolated, Olivia has no memory of anyone other than mommy and daddy being in her world. And we were ecstatic to see her!

I was sitting on the ground, assembling components with a pair of small wrenches. We could all tell she was fascinated with me. Not the table or chairs, which of course she didn’t comprehend until they were assembled. But that facial hair! :p We of course didn’t try to touch or hold her, but she approached Tina several times, touching her colorful blouse and buttons with curiousity. It was absolute heaven.

And we got to watch her little mind working when she dropped something under the new table I’d just assembled. She went under the table to retrieve it, but more importantly, took her time, being VERY careful, to get herself out from under the table without touching her head on the underside of the table. It was extra amusing because she of helmet COULD be the LEAST worried about banging her head. Absolutely adorable. I’m still warm on the inside writing about it five days later. :)
 
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