The Works

I have spent the last hour and half trying to get the bathtub cleaned. Down on my hands and knees, scrubbing like there’s not tomorrow and inhaling some God awful The Works tub and tile cleaner fumes. My hands are dried out and my fingers hurt but the tub is sparkling white and looks pretty damn good. All and all it was worth it.

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    August 4, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Girl, I just love your red seat with the drink holders. Half of everyone I know in Philly is says that this red chair is the gayest thing on-line this week. Retro is in! In all the cities, the queens can’t pay enough for antiques from the 50’s. I should know. My partner of 35 yrs is in the antique business. Oak and deco used to be in fashion and now it is the ’50’s. I guess if you stick around long enough (I am 65), everything comes back once.

    I apologize if I seem to be messing with you. I respect the fact that you and your husband are doing a fixer-upper. We bought our first in 1982, and I know what it is like to come home from work, and start to scrape wall paper, sand floors, live with saw-dust, and save up to get a new bathroom and a new furnace. We also what it is like to drive the drug dealers off the corners. We helped to remake a whole neighborhood that was falling apart. Real estate changed our lives and I hope it provides security for you and your family, just like it did for us. After you finish this fixer-upper, buy another one.

    In the cities (I’ve lived in New York, Boston, Philly & DC), many of the people I’ve met fled from little towns because they didn’t fit in. In Philly they come from rural Pa and W. Va. In Boston they were from all over New England; in NY from every spot on the planet. The cities are different from the small towns. That might be the big political and cultural divide in the nation.

    I am not a Christian but “love your neighbor” sounds like a good idea to me. It’s the way to love God according to Rabbi Akiba 1900 yrs ago. He said: “That which is hateful, do not do to your neighbor.” The Romans tortured and killed him for saying some of the same things Jesus said.

    In my synagogue in Philly, the rabbi is a lesbian with a partner and children. (Do I shock you?) More than 50% of the congregation is straight and they just adore our rabbi, who tells us: “Judaism isn’t about perfection. It’s about starting over, changing bad habits, becoming the person that God wants you to be, becoming a partner with God in repairing the world. Every day I am thankful for the blessings given me by God. As for repairing the world, this is a big job, a major renovation. We had easy when we only had to sand the floors.

    I voted for Reagen and Bush 1, but no more. When all these Republicans talk about family values, they don’t mean my family. I will even vote for Hillary next year because Bush has turned the Republican Party into the Bigot Party. (The Democrats are the Spineless Party.)If we don’t have a large enough army 6 yrs after 9/11, if we invaded Iraq and just empowered Iran, the only choice we have is to throw the bums out.

    That’s about all. You have a great blog. God bless you and yours.

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