- The plumbers are gone, their deeds of heroism done, their rodding and sewer caps having comforted me and mine.
- I've put all the rags used to hold back the waters last night through the wash, and the next step is to clean the floors tomorrow. And these plumbers? Oh, about nine gazillion times better than the last ones, I'm thinking. Hell, they even gave us a free jacket. No, really. One of them left their Official Plumbing Company hoodie jacket here. When we called the office to alert someone, they asked if there were any things in the pockets. No ... and hey, presto, it was bequeathed to us.
- Also, they revised their initially worrisome (she said, with astonishing understatement) "This. Is. Raw. Sewage." analysis. It wasn't raw sewage. It's just that regular waste water that has aged grease and unidentified biocrud marinating in it - rather like our own lower g.i. tract biocrud marination system - well, let's just say the resemblance between the two products is breathtaking. No. Really. It got hard to breathe in here. But, technically speaking, while it may have walked like a duck, it wasn't duck shit.
- I have had a shower. Let me say that again, because it was so good to think about. I have had a shower.
- A fellow fanfic writer whose work I esteem, and of whom I'm a bit in awe because she's actually sold original fiction, has presented me with a request that leaves me gobsmacked and honored. (I think I may have thrown those words her way, too.) I'm giving it some serious, serious thought. Further deponent sayeth naught, save to mention how much her question brightened my rather stressful day.
- I began to read Jacob's "Caprica" recap over at TWoP, and, damn, if he didn't do it again. For instance, I just learned (or re-learned, if I forgot learning it before, which will probably happen again) that he really likes one of my favorite books on religion - "A History of God," by Karen Armstrong; go, y'all and find and appreciate that book, which is responsible for me learning how to understand the numinous (the word, as well as the concept.)
- Right at the recap's beginning, he wrote this (and I want to put it in neon, because it is just so massively fine: "What's most amazing about the millennial fundamentalisms, which every single religion has, is their basic intent on going "back to basics" in some fashion, while completely ignoring the fact that there aren't actually any "basics" to go back to. The stuff they want to accomplish, for all of us, the walls they want where a body meets a body, the rules be which we must abide, never actually existed. They're syncretistic fantasies about control, mental lockdown, revisions to decisions that no moment can erase. Every single fundamentalism is synthetic, reaching backwards for an imaginary grace." I'll have to go back and finish reading the recap tomorrow. For now, that just stopped me in my tracks. I had to read it again and again, for the pure, brilliantly inescapable and elegant logic of what he said and how he said it. Jesus fuck, the man can write.