My summer of discontent

Again, a quick fly-by here as I update the situation on the home and blog front: my house is now uninsurable because of the three sewage floods that have happened here in the past 4 years. Three floods that have been cause by the guy who lives above me. The guy who still gets to live in my Co-op, for some reason. The Board here is slow to act and rather inept. What this boils down to is that I don't know if I will have a home here as of September 3rd and I might possible have to give notice on August 1st. I've lived in this Co-op for almost 17 years and I have a less stable home than the jerk that has repeatedly flooded my home with shit. Not logical? Not fair? Just? Nope. And not very workable.

So yeah, I'm not going to be blogging for awhile.


An extended hiatus

I didn't expect to be away from blogging (or making art) for this long. If anyone is still dropping by here, I'd like to say that I haven't given up on blogging, it's just that I don't have an office space yet. My pain level has been really high lately, and I need my physical computer set up to be just right in order to be able to write, or think, for that matter. I hope that I will have an office late next month. Though summertime often interferes with a blog's continuity, I'll attempt to get things up and running again soon.

Enjoy the summer sun and mind those ice cream vendors!


Musical interlude

A bunch of friends pulled the toxic carpet out of the house last weekend. It was very exciting to turn off the air purifiers. We left the underlay down because it is stapled in a million places and didn't seem smelly. Well, we were wrong: the underlay has now had a chance to stretch its toxic little arms into the fresh air and we will now have to take that out as well. Still no office, still no blogging to speak of. The house project continues.

Here is a lovely video that lifted my spirits. I hope it does the same for you:

powerlinerflyers from wes johnson on Vimeo.


March update

I'm still breathing moth-proofing and fighting to have my carpets removed. It's been almost three months now and no resolution yet. I still don't have an office and therefore still can't do any art for this site. I'm working on getting this resolved but everyone is passing the buck (and taking weeks to pass it along slowly). So much delay, so little happening. I freaking hate this.

Once I get back into my office, I'll have to relaunch this site and try to regain readers.

I haven't abandoned this blog...


Another post-flood update

I haven't abandoned my blog, I just don't have an office I can be in for more than a few minutes: the new wool carpet is still toxic and I feel sick within moments of entering the room. Let this be a lesson for those of us who are sensitive to chemicals and those who want to avoid toxic VOC's: just because a product is made from a natural substance, it doesn't mean that you have a natural, non-toxic product by the time the manufacturing process is over. 100% pure wool carpet is often treated with a very strong moth-repellent and it's not a healthy carpet to have in your home. Who knew.

We originally picked Natures' Carpet ( a truly non-toxic carpet), but the dye lots didn't match, so the carpet person "upgraded" us to another line of carpets that were supposed to be non-toxic. Mind the upgrade, folks. Mind the distributor who tells you that even though you can't look this carpet up online that it is indeed non-toxic.

I want to get back to my art, blogging and reading blogs, but the carpet fumes are just too much. I'm trying to figure out if we can get another carpet or fix this problem somehow. Fans and open windows and air purifiers aren't enough. The carpet cleaning guy doesn't think that a steam cleaning will eliminate the problem. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I want my office back!