Went to Mom's to clean the leaves and "spinners
Out of the eaves troughs. She's on my case to do
it today because it's going to rain tomorrow.
I'd hauled the heavy ladder around, been up and
down. it's in the 80s out and humid, and I'm
about to my limit of strength. Mom asks the same
question several times. She'll want to know if
the drain spout is clogged. And a minute later,
ask the same. I know that's her absentminded, but
I read it as she didn't trust me the first time.
You know, like cops "do you know how fast you
were going?" "you asked me that seven times
already, what, I didn't give you the answer you
wanted, ass hole?"
So, I'm at my physical limit, and she mentions
off hand that the reason I'm cleaning the gutters
is that the last time it rained, the water poured
off the eaves trough by the window, and she thinks
they are clogged.
Drink some more water, stand in the shade. Go look.
The water pours there because the fascia board is
rotted, the copper clamp that holds up is coming
lose, and the edge of the eaves trough is lower,
there. And none of the troughs had more than 1/6 of
the trough full of spinners.
There is a lot of advantage to reporting the problem
(water pours off, here...) rather than calling for
specific action (clear the gutters).
I might have actually fixed the problem.
Christopher A. Young
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