Yes, this week I was tired, tired, tired. I just could not seem to recover from my over-doing-it on the weekend. See, last Friday Mhari calls me about an hour before time for me to normally leave work. And work was being a little over-demanding and looking like it was going to be keeping me late. But what Mhari said changed things. She’s mentioned this on her own blog, but what Mhari told me was that the washing machine had been overflowing in our garage for at least 2 hours and things were getting wet.
I got away from work as soon as I could and headed home. It was a disaster. At least one stack of boxes had keeled over and Mhari was doing what she could to try and stave off things. But it had been too late for many things. The only reason we discovered it at all before I came home was a neighbor (RP) had called and said that water was running out from under our garage door.
Well, I got to work… RP came over and helped. Mhari’s in no condition to be able to lift these heavy boxes of our crap, so she did what she could on the outskirts. Box after box was pulled out of the garage, getting the dry ones out to get to the wet ones. Some of the dry ones we moved to RP’s garage across the street. Others just got set aside.
It would have been SO much easier if the wheels on our dolly were not flat and coming off the rims… we had to carry things one box at a time. We did what we could, which was only about 25% of what needed to be done before we ran out of daylight and RP and I were exhausted. I cleaned up and showered then took us out to dinner, paying for RP’s meal as part thanks for his help. Both Mhari and I slept troubled sleep as we were still worried. We had been unable to get to the worst flooded boxes.
Saturday arrived and we did breakfast and morning errands, which included going to Home Depot, ordering a new washing machine to be delivered in a couple of weeks and got solid tires for the dolly as well as 20 boxes.
Once home, with another neighbor’s guidance, I was able to change the tires on the dolly and RP came over and we got back to work. RP’s allergies caught up to him and he was unable to do as much as he was able to the day before. But having the dolly working made things easier. Box after box came out of the garage, many of them moved to RP’s garage and out of the way.
Finally, we reached the bottom row… it was painful. Boxes of science fiction books, new age books, computer and technology books, nature books, gardening books and many magazines and comics had been effected. The comics, for the most part, were in ‘bags and boards’ and were not damaged. Only their boxes were and they were wiped off and moved to new, shorter, comic boxes.
The boxes of art where set asside… we haven’t had the heart to look in them yet. Much of it should be okay as it was wrapped or otherwise protected in plastics or shrink-wrapped. But as seen with some of the technology books, that shrink-wrapping might also be it’s doom.
Mhari lost a prized little collection of pulp sci-fi magazines from the 50’s. And some science fiction and fantasy books, some of which have never been reprinted. It hurt a lot. There were also photo albums and a cherished year book caught real thoroughly by the water. But the new age, computer, gardening and technology books took it the worst. Most of them a total write off, water logged and swollen, their pages too wet to even open the books without damaging the pages. Box worth after box worth was dug out, and sorted, and tossed in garbage bags, as our recycle bin and garbage bin filled swiftly to over flowing. RP’s recycle bin got filled to the brim with the remains of the wet boxes that we had to most often cut off from around their contents.
It was horrible. But it could have been so much worse. There was no damage to the garage (it is all concrete), or the house. No one’s life was lost. And we DID get it all done and sorted. Half our garage is full of the saved boxes of stuff. The other half has garbage bags full of books that must be cataloged as lost and thrown out over the next few weeks in the recycling bin. Some might be salvageable, most will not be. But other than intensely sore muscles, no one was hurt and life is back to normal. But it sure wasn’t the way I would have wished to spend Easter Weekend.
The rest of this week has been difficult. I’m not as young as I once was. And I overdid things in the operation during the weekend. I drained my energy reserves well past empty. I barely dragged myself to work during most of the week and only today, a week later, do I feel like I have my reserves of energy back. I’m not 100% recovered, but I’m feeling a great deal better. And life does go on.
Over on facebook this week I have found that many, many of my cousins are all on there. And one after another I am getting in touch with them and ‘friending’ them. It’s nice to discover that family is still out there. And that I -do- have an extended family out there, and that they are mostly interested in staying in touch. I even convinced Mhari to get a facebook account. 🙂
On the MMO side of the world, I don’t remember a whole lot. I know that we finished the Quarterfield Task Force Monday by going an hour late… and their was much rejoicing and 111 merits. The villain team on Wed is on a Strike Force still. But I couldn’t tell you more than that. I was sooo dang tired I barely made it through each of the nights. And then there was work that I had to do from home on the non-MMO nights that kept me up as badly. So I didn’t get the rest that I still feel I need.
Last Friday due to the emergency I didn’t do Thrilling Adventures, so I have no idea if they did anything. Tonight we will continue playing and I hope that I am more awake for it all.
Tomorrow is a Further Confusion 2010 meeting… the first official staff meeting for next year’s convention. I will be there, as will Mhari. I get to report on how close to full the dealer room is, as the other thing that happened last weekend is that I started opening the applications and processing. I got all 81 of the letters received at that point opened, and proccessed them all. Mhari did the confirmations for me during the week. We got 4 more during the week. That’s 85 out of a possible 105 (85 single-tables, 20 half-tables). Single-tables are nearly sold out, but there are 10 or more half-tables left. Of course, I go get more con-mail on Saturday before the meeting, so it could sell out then.
I might also go do some pen’n’paper role-play gaming Saturday night… but I am rather disconnected from that now. It’s been too long. I really do want to see ‘the guys’ though and hang out with them and shoot the breeze. And praise War Witch for a issue well done and find out what parts of it to praise her for.
As for book reviews, go back and look at the past week. I did some capsule reviews and a regular review to get sort of caught up in things.
Well, better get to work, it’s piling up again. Thanks for reading!