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More Of The Same [Nov. 25th, 2010|12:14 pm]
Tony Grist
We have the plasterer in. He's a tall, rangy white man with a ponytail- in his 50s I'd guess- who talks to himself. He's sufficiently weird for me to not want to go out shopping and leave Ailz alone in the house with him.

Ailz's father- who was dying in hospital a couple of nights ago- is back home and planning to drive to Sainsburys this afternoon. Ailz's mother has been on the phone this morning being dithery and pathetic and trying to shame Ailz into rising from her sickbed and going round to sort out their lives for them. She has been tested for altzheimers and she doesn't have it- so the ditheriness and inability to listen and take things in must have other causes. 

Ailz's father once told her- long, long ago- that a woman's first responsibility is always to her parents- even if she has a family/career of her own. He has never stopped behaving as if he believes this to be true.

It's very cold. We've been seeing odd, wandering flakes of snow. 
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2010-11-25 12:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you put up with it; were it me, the house wouldn't be the only thing getting plastered.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-25 12:38 pm (UTC)
You put on blinkers and concentrate on what's in your direct line of vision.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2010-11-25 05:05 pm (UTC)
We have the plasterer in.

How many weeks has this been going on?

Ailz's father once told her- long, long ago- that a woman's first responsibility is always to her parents- even if she has a family/career of her own. He has never stopped behaving as if he believes this to be true.

I am really sorry that was the father she got. I'm glad she learned not to listen to him.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2010-11-25 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ditto. And where did he get that idea? Even unfeminist Desdemona knew better.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-25 09:33 pm (UTC)
Perhaps from his own father- who was a brute.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-25 09:49 pm (UTC)
Lets see: it's five weeks now. The job was originally scheduled to take six. It'll over-run, but not I think by all that much. The contractor is eager to get a move on. The electrician took three weeks-when he was supposed to take four days- but that's because he's a perfectionist.

I've never liked Ailz's father. He has "too much ego in his cosmos". He is also the most thundering bore.

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[User Picture]From: clindau
2010-11-25 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that Aliz has you in her life.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-25 09:34 pm (UTC)
And I'm glad I have her in mine. :)
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-11-25 07:36 pm (UTC)
You seem to pick a strange bunch of tradesmen...

Oh, that makes me mad, hearing about all that dutiful daughter nonsense!! I have a similar thing from mine, though he simultaneously expects me to be hideously successful at my career!

You just can't win!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-11-25 09:36 pm (UTC)
They may be odd, but they're all pretty good at what they do.
Mohammed hires old timers who know their stuff. Most of them have been with him for decades.

I have daddy issues myself. I never saw a patriarch I didn't want to disrespect.
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