You’ve Got To Stand For Somethin’

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Fridge Note

recent comments in the robot shop:

“so when is (Missus Zombie) going to be able to provide more guidance on programming?”

ZRM: “(Wife Sublime) is now in a shallow grave in our backyard, so that won’t be happening”

[shocked  stares]

Sparky: “Having several married friends, I will not remark on that, and did not hear it.”

Uncomfortable chuckles from about half of those present.

ZRM:  “Really?”

—fifteen minutes later, when Wife Sublime walks into the shop, half the group cheers, the other half break into relieved laughter.

I have a SPECIAL sense of humor.

In other news, I continue to resist the constant nihilistic impulses of the bloggerhood, and work to improve my city and neighborhoods:

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These townhouses will be rented by blue-collar, moderate income families in the Bronzeville district, predominantly African American.

My favorite part of this is that as I drive to these various buildings (14 sites in this phase), views of the buildings are seen between the existing buildings in the area, and they fit in wonderfully.

It is possible to work in your own community to make things better.  It may not be possible to make a living at it, but “everything is fucked up and getting worse” is not a given.

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Comments
  1. fifteen minutes later, when Wife Sublime walks into the shop, half the group cheers, the other half break into relieved laughter

    So, who was she digging it for?

    Good on you for contributing to local revival.

  2. blue girl says:

    Love the townhouses, ZRM!

    It is possible to work in your own community to make things better.

    Awesome.

  3. mikey says:

    In other news, I continue to resist the constant nihilistic impulses of the bloggerhood, and work to improve my city and neighborhoods:

    Then maybe you could pay somebody to sweep up around the site from time to time, fer crissakes. I know old foremen that would be apoplectic.

    Also, to, isolated local community improvements are not in any way incompatible with a larger-scale “everythings fucked up and getting worse”. Indeed, in any realistic collapse (as opposed to the Mad Max fantasies of the prepping right) would include communities working together to provide services to the community.

    Hey, that almost sounds like governance…..

    • This is the worst the sites have looked, mikey. The winter weather has churned up the mud, and the dampness has prevented any improvement to the landscape. These supers wouldn’t let it go, either, and rest easy that they will be rectifying the sitch as soon as it is possible.

  4. Plummet says:

    I think they’ll look a lot better with a little grass around them and the plywood off teh doors and windows. A definite improvement over the “projects” of the sixties and seventies.

    • Having done several projects in the area, which still has its challenges, the plywood and screen over teh windows are to provide visible security (having had some buildings stripped of copper overnight) while accommodating light and ventilation. Yes, landscaping will help but it will be a couple of months before it is possible.

  5. It is possible to work in your own community to make things better. It may not be possible to make a living at it, but “everything is fucked up and getting worse” is not a given.

    Ok, ok: “almost” everything is fucked up and getting worse.

    Goodonya for those townhouses!

  6. Jennifer says:

    At first I wondered if WS ended up where she did because she forgot to put in her curlers after you fell asleep.

    Lervely townhouses. Have you ever built the town around the houses, or does the town always come first?

    • I was worried about the charcoal grey being too intense, but once it was applied, am very happy with how the siding colors have turned out. You can’t see in these photos to any great extent, but I like to use a snappy color for the front door; on the blue ones, it’s a lime green, and on the gold colored ones, it’s a bright lemon yellow.

      One quibble; the upper portion we designed to have lightly textured flat panels that have aluminum extrusions at the edges of the panels. It’s a nice, contemporary detail. The siding contractor who got the initial contract ended up not being able to perform, and the second guy brought in couldn’t meet the budget for that material; so it got swapped out for a barnboard type siding, that looks a bit like T1-11. It’s not a glorious detail.

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© says:

    Even Lucy can’t dig a hole in that backyard.
    ~

  8. Also, too: WTF is up with the stop sign in the first picture? Do you guys have really really weird traffic rules where you not only drive on the left like some sort of crazy furrners but actually stop in the middle of the intersection too?

    • Yeah. Never come to Milwaukee, you’ll DIE here.

      Sheesh, who crapped in your beer today? Awful aggro, aren’t you?

      I would guess that some happy-go-lucky pedestrian turned the sign around as a lark. A jape, if you will.

      • Sheesh, who crapped in your beer today? Awful aggro, aren’t you?

        Huh? That’s not aggro. Sensitive zombie is sensitive.

        I would guess that some happy-go-lucky pedestrian turned the sign around as a lark. A jape, if you will.

        Aww, that explanation is no fun. I’m going to continue to pretend that there are strange and magical traffic rules that exists in the exotic land of Milwaukee.

      • I’m going to continue to pretend that there are strange and magical traffic rules that exists in the exotic land of Milwaukee.

        Well, that’s true.

  9. Another Kiwi says:

    Good on you Mr Zombie those look like nice buildings. As for your road rules, they pale in comparison to having to drive upsidedown! You got wheels on the roof or somethin’?

Go ahead, tell me how I fucked up this time.

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