Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Yep. That's my new basement. Michelle and i moved into the little house in Berkeley on Friday. All went well with the move. We hired movers which seems so terribly decadent but wow! What a difference professional movers can make in your life! They packed us up and delivered our stuff safely to its destination in about 2 hours! It would have taken us a week if we had done it ourselves! And of course we would have to buy our friends a few 12 packs of beer and at least 4 pizzas. So...savings there for sure. Once the movers left we turned on some music and started unpacking. We were so excited to be in our new home! A couple hours into the process Michelle asked if maybe we should go look in the basement. Yah! Lets go look in the basement! I've never had a basement before so that sounded like something new and exciting. We opened the little wooden hatch and...FLOOD!!!!!!!!!!! ITS FLOODED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAIST DEEP!!!!!!!!!!HELP!!! FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!! The pump that is supposed to shoot the water out of the basement in the winter rain was shooting it instead back into the basement like a whirlpool spa. OY VEY. I channeled MacGuyver and grabbed a long pipe to shimmy across to reach the plug to the pump. I didn't want to step into the water just in case i might...you know...electrocute myself. Miraculously, I got to the plug without falling in. I pulled it out of the wall and suddenly...silence. The water stopped pumping. A small victory indeed. I shimmied back and felt a sence of satisfaction. Next up? Plumber! I tried to get a local plumber on the horn. That was another hurdle. Plumbers seem to leave early on Fridays. We finally got one to put down the happy hour drink and swing by for a draining the basement party. But now the next problem was revealed. The water heater was submerged in about 4 feet of water for god knows how long. No hot water. Of course the water heater isn't something this particular plumber can handle at happy hour so we wait...and wait...for another plumber to find time to come and bring us a new one. So no hot showers for us. Which pretty much means no showers at all. Because I'd rather be dirty than stand naked with freezing water splashing on me.

So that's the latest. We have a new home but we are VERY dirty girls.


Blogger ege said...


And so it begins...

3:26 PM  
Blogger pork luck said...


4:28 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Home Ownership, the silent killer

3:53 AM  
Blogger Renovation Therapy said...

Why do you need a new hot water heater? Will the current one not dry out and re-light?

8:29 PM  
Blogger Carrie Ann said...

what a fun story! I hope to read more of your life! seems like quite a day for the first move in! But congrats on the new abode =]

6:03 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Oh no! That is a very cute picture I must say. Terrible about your basement though.

If you want a chance to win a book..come on over! Maybe that will help improve your day. :)


4:52 PM  
Blogger pork luck said...

Oh hi renovation! Yes, the water heater will not dry out...ever...so we have to get a new one. But we are poor. So i'm bathing in a tub in the backyard.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Bonita said...

That was cute, I liked it. I know what happens when we move. I moved 14 times and I am sick of moving. Thank God it was mostly rentals. Four houses we bought out of those moves. Last move was 12 turck loads. UGH!

11:51 PM  

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