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Looking Over My Shoulder [Jul. 11th, 2005|09:22 am]
Tony Grist
My son is coming to live with us.

Or at least park his gear with us while he does his living elsewhere.

So we're clearing a room for him.

This involves me in sawing up furniture and burning papers.

Which is uncomfortably close to what domestic murderers do.

And it's not as if I had half an acre to work in.

All this mayhem is going on in a tiny back yard and I'm in constant fear- what with the air and noise pollution I'm causing- that someone is going to pop their head over the back gate and go, "Hey, you!"
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-07-11 01:41 am (UTC)
Sawing up furniture?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I want to get rid of it and this is actually the easiest way. It's not stuff anyone would buy.
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[User Picture]From: cricketshay
2005-07-11 02:28 am (UTC)
Are you talking about Michael?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 02:41 am (UTC)
No, not Mike- my other son, Joe..
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[User Picture]From: cricketshay
2005-07-11 02:43 am (UTC)
Ahhh. =)
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[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2005-07-11 06:08 am (UTC)
Ah. Good luck. I'm sure Joe is a fine son. However, every time my brother moves back in with my parents, murder is discussed. By both parties.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 07:07 am (UTC)
I think the idea is that he'll be shuttling between here and his girlfriend's place. And if he remains in the army he'll be away most of the time anyway.

We'll see.....
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-07-11 06:11 am (UTC)
what a good father you are! But it seems like there might be easier ways to get rid of unwanted furniture. Call OxFam, wouldn't they come and get it?
(I know nothing about OxFam except they are similar to the Rescue Mission or Salvation Army here...)

craftyailz mentioned that you would probably saw up the mattress, as well. I have to admit that interests me...what's inside a mattress?
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-07-11 06:25 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I love that icon.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-07-11 06:32 am (UTC)
courtesy of goth_twiglet

I love it too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 07:17 am (UTC)
It's a bed and the covering had been ripped to shreds by cats. We've tried giving things like this to charities in the past and they won't take them.

The mattress is OK- and maybe we can get that accepted by a charity. Thing is if we do we'll never find out what's inside.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-07-11 10:50 am (UTC)
I suppose in mattress stores they have those boring cross-section models of what mattresses look like from inside but it would be much more interesting to actually cut one up - or have a friend cut one up - and either see, or be told, what is inside.

Mom has a paper shredder. Then she takes what she's shredded to the cottage and we have a bonfire on the beach, using the shredded paper as tinder...so we're STILL adding to the acid rain problem. Fires are very satisfying, even in the kind of heat we have now...I don't know what it is about them, but ...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 12:10 pm (UTC)
I've always loved bonfires. Whenever I go down to my mother's we gather together all the fallen wood in her back field and have a big one.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2005-07-11 06:22 am (UTC)
Is there not a local tip (or Civic Amenity Site, or whatever you might call it)?

It's probably indiscreet to ask what's in the papers, that makes them too secret even for shredding. Time was, I wouldn't have assumed access to a shredder, but these days every high street offers domestic scale shredders to match your decor (or in girly pink).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 07:18 am (UTC)
They were drafts of poems and stuff like that. not secret but.....

We have a shredder, and I did shred about half of them- but then I got bored. Bonfires are so much more fun!
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[User Picture]From: zen_punk
2005-07-11 06:40 am (UTC)
Why would domestic murderers be sawing up furniture?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 07:22 am (UTC)
Not furniture exactly....
erm...
other things.

I have this picture in my head from the Chaplin movie M. Verdoux where Verdoux, the serial killer, is pruning his roses while the furnace at the bottom of his garden belches out black smoke.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-07-11 09:52 am (UTC)
Forget the furniture, I'm shocked at the idea of burning paper. Do people really do that? I thought that's what $10 shredders were for.

My city (Austin, TX) does a bulky trash pickup twice a year; today was one of the days. I read this while I was recovering from having schlepped a bunch of stuff to the street; a nice bit of syncronicity.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-07-11 09:52 am (UTC)

Better late than never!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 12:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, we have a paper collection once a fortnight!

Most of our paper goes into it- but old poems- no- only the flames will do.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-07-11 12:24 pm (UTC)
Oh. We have recycling picked up once/week, on the same day as the trash. I guess I'm spoiled.

I understand the utility of flames for things like poems.

You *could* shred them and use the shred for mulch...

I really am rather horrified that you burned something outside, let alone during the middle of the summer. This is a total kneejerk reaction, probably based on some environmental concern (the headline read "Tony Grist increases greenhouse gases!") coupled with the fact that we are in the middle of a severe drought. (We had rain last week for the first time in something like 10 weeks.) I haven't lived anywhere that allowed burning outside in... well, too long ago to count.

Now that I've written this, it sounds like science fiction. But it isn't.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-11 12:40 pm (UTC)
Bonfires are part of the English way of life.

When I was a kid my dad and I used to have great bonfires down the end of the garden. It was one of the few things we both enjoyed.

Just call me Pyro....
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-07-11 06:22 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying thinking about your sawing up furniture this week.





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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-07-12 01:57 am (UTC)
Working with the power saw makes me nervous. I'll be glad when the job is finished
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