The Washington Post, years ago, ran a contest to make a new word by changing one letter in an existing one, and then to create a definition for it. My favorite was the Dopeler Effect, which is the tendency for bad ideas to sound good when they come at you really fast, and you can only see that they're stupid once they've gone by.
So is it any surprise that right about the time I started writing this, water began pouring through my bathroom ceiling?
Julie, the tenant upstairs, was running her sink disposal when I heard a bang. I thought something had fallen, or perhaps someone had thrown a bag of trash onto the porch, which, because this IS Medford, can happen. But within about a minute, water was streaming down all four walls of the bathroom and then through the seams in the drywall across the middle of the ceiling. I called Julie, then called Mike, our landlord and woke him up (it was about 10:45). He was here within about 15 minutes, diagnosed the problem as a broken fitting, and called his friend Ralph the home repair generalist. (Can you think of a more ideal name for a home handyman than Ralph, by the way?)
So tomorrow, I'll be staying home from work and waiting for Ralph, who's going to tear the ceiling off my bathroom to work upward into the plumbing for the upstairs unit. I have sufficient work that I can do from home, so no great loss, but another side route along the great highway of intentions.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the great film Koyaanisqatsi, the collaboration by Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke and Philip Glass. You can watch it here, if you've got an hour and a half, a great computer monitor and terrific speakers. The title is taken from the Hopi language, and is said to translate more or less as:
- life out of balance
- crazy life
- life in turmoil
- life disintegrating
- a state of life that calls for another way of living
Do something slowly today.