Why My Body Hurts These Days

Shocking Revelation From Sitzlandia: All this time, Ryan’s “Smart Guy Glasses” were actually just plastic construction goggles with the sides broken off!

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of work on the house and the yard, in an attempt to make it beautiful or, failing that, at least remotely presentable.

Time clouds our memories, but I seem to recall a few years during high school when our family had an old, discarded water tank sitting in the middle of our garden, right next to an old bathtub. In the right setting, that could probably be considered artsy, but I don’t think the right setting is “surrounded by weeds, and obviously waiting for a trash truck to come by one of these years.”

Keeping that water heater and bathtub in mind, I’ve been trying to find some small projects to do around the house, as well as trying to gradually deal with the Crappy Casita. The main house was getting a few leaks, so I went up on the roof one day to try to cover the screws with some gummy pink crap that’s still stuck to my arm hair days later. The hour-and-a-half repair job–of course–didn’t actually work at all, but the view from our roof was INCREDIBLE! Now I feel like a royal dumbass since we only built a one-story house. I’m currently scheming to build a two-story “rancho,” which would have a balcony as well as a small room on top, and the bottom level would be open with a barbeque. That’s going to take a bit of scheming, especially when it comes to convincing Angela to allow any sort of builder or contractor back into our lives…

And the Crappy Casita is basically still a nightmare. Angela’s sister Toni did us a huge favor and earned what we paid her many times over by signing up to clean the house one day, so at least it doesn’t stink anymore. But there are still numerous problems, including the fact that much of the dirt we carted into the lot last year is now washing down the hill and trying to make its way into the crappy casita by one method or another. In the pictures here I’m trying to chisel out some concrete to eventually put in some sort of drainage ditch or ground gutter… something like that. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that the concrete object I have in mind for the job actually exists, but we’ll see soon.

In any case, that’s why I’ve not written much in the last month or so.

Chipping away at the concrete. It’s a tedious task, but eventually I’ll be able to sell the chunks as authentic pieces of the Berlin Wall… Hey, it’s sort of true…
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4 thoughts on “Why My Body Hurts These Days

  1. Way to go, handyman Ryan! I really like these pictures – add a dark brown beard and a few more weeds and it could be my Dad from the early 80s. Which is endearing if not necessarily outright flattering.

  2. Sitz!

    I was happy to see firsthand that your “moat” actually worked like you wanted it to! Good work! Although, I forgot to ask you to take me up on your roof to see the view… Maybe next time we visit you’ll have your “rancho”!

    Well, we made it home safely. Can’t wait to see you guys again!

    Deuce

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