Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Question: When Is A Door Not A Door?

Answer: When it's ajar.

It's been on my mind for about a year and a half. My front door is most likely the original one that came with the house (which means circa 1983.) Over time the wood/particleboard barrier has withstood the elements with the support of weatherstripping. A few months after moving in, I did my assessment of the place for leaks. I found and fixed a few. I did the same for the front door by moving the weatherstripping closer which made the door very hard to shut and open. Air-tight is good but adult-proof is not going to work. I even got to the point of buying a new lock for the door but they don't make them the same anymore and those are sitting in a closet somewhere. Even now, I can stand at the door and see light come through the cracks and that isn't good for the electric bill.

A few days before my birthday, Mom asked me what I wanted or needed. I told her that I really didn't have anything in mind. She offered the suggestion of a gas BBQ grill. I've always wanted one but didn't know where to put it and also wanted to run it off the gas in the house. I later thought about the fusebox and some much needed electrical rerouting that needs to be done. Last minute, I thought of the door which we will go looking for tomorrow. Kind of fitting when the woman that opened up her home to you 34 years ago today can give you something that will open up your own home. Thank you, Mom.

8 comments:

Moose said...

That's beautiful Martin. She sounds like a spectacular woman.

Lily said...

Happy Birthday Martin.

Fred said...

Mom's are like that, aren't they?

When The Missus and I moved into our first house, we had lots of empty rooms. That was in 1988. Mom saw to it that the guest bedroom would be furnished which was very special to us. We still have that furniture today.

LoraLoo said...

Great post, Martin! You will have to post a picture of the new door when it's in.

I hope you had a spectacular birthday. :)

Teri said...

That was a great idea for a gift. You aren't the easiest person to shop for.

Davydgrey said...

Sure he is, computer stuff, music, anime, and porn. All the typical guy stuff.

An80sNut said...

Hey now, we all know that no one buys my adult material for me. Sure, the preferences are there but that might be a bit too much.

dusty said...

happy belated birthday..did you get your new door up?