The Hunger Games Saga
Our next door neighbor lent me both Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
His partner was reading Hunger Games on the back patio, and when I noticed of course I was all, "OH! are you totally loving it?"
Because of course if it's my new favorite thing I want to talk about it with EVERYONE. Or ANYONE. Because nobody I know in person had read them. Nobody!
And we couldn't talk about them because his partner was only halfway through the first one. Argh!
So they lent me Catching Fire and Mockingjay and I ate them up. They were delicious. Totally recommend them as suck-you-in kind of stories.
You won't finish them edified, but hell, I don't leave work edified most days.
And if you've read them, what did you think of Mockingjay?
The Neighborhood Poo Situation
Someone pooped in the garage two doors down. I know this because they came over with a hose and asked if they could use our tap.
They meaning two of our neighbors. Not they meaning the pooper.
They said this was the first time they'd dealt with this. I'm wondering if there's suddenly a pooping bandit in the neighborhood.
The Sewage Update
Roto Rooter came back last Friday.
The guy was there for quite a while - first he couldn't get his equipment to work, and then one thing, and then another. Finally after about an hour he got to work, and there was a lot of rotorooting to do.
We didn't get charged again, because clearly the last guy hadn't finished the job.
What he said, though, was that we have a broken pipe in front of our house. An eight-foot-underground pipe. He determined that it's either under the wall of our front garden or under the sidewalk. The camera couldn't go any further than the wall, and the guy couldn't tell us precisely.
It's either DC's issue or ours. We won't know until we dig.
What he did say, however, was that it'll cost approximately $6,200 to fix.
Then he said, "Damn. I forgot to load the DVD. Today just isn't my day."
To which Nick replied, "Forgive me if I'm not sympathetic. You're saying this to the man you just told has a $6,200 problem."