Category Archives: Trades and Tradesmen

The Number of Electricians It Takes to Change a Light Bulb

The sorry truth is that I write a new entry in this blog when I’ve been charmed, appalled, defeated, or flushed with victory.  Clearly, my long absence suggests that it’s been a pretty dull winter. There was reason to be … Continue reading

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Fall Offcuts

Once again I’ve been outed as a member of the advance guard in the barbarian invasion of Point St. Charles. What follows are quotations from Facebook responses to my last blog entry: He is not the only one that has bought … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

When I stepped out my front door a couple of days ago, it was very, very hard to believe that the vernal equinox was exactly one week away. It has been a mean winter, with record hydro bills, and countless … Continue reading

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AWOL…Not

What I’ve missed! Celebrating the success of BoomJ’s Cuisine, the new Jamaican carryout around the corner. Worrying about the Café Wellington, which has had Kraft paper covering its windows for the last 6 weeks. Kvetching about the lurid, artificially joyous … Continue reading

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How to Demolish a Staircase without Dying

When we first looked at this house two years ago, Patricia immediately saw how much floor area was devoted to a tight little staircase that twisted its way from the second floor down to a postage-stamp size landing and porch … Continue reading

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Thirty Feet of Brick

However far you must go for bricks, Whatever they cost a—piece or a pound, Buy me enough for a full-length chimney, And build the chimney clear from the ground. Robert Frost, “The Kitchen Chimney” The masons who worked for the builder … Continue reading

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Found

“There’s never treasure,” said Patricia Fournel, as she rubbed the dirt from her hands and surveyed the cratered ruin of the back yard. Patricia F. (as I’ll call her, to distinguish her from my Patricia) and her husband, Eduardo Vollrath, … Continue reading

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Fiat Lux, Already

Or fiat blog, might be a better way to begin, considering how long I’ve let The New Point languish. The inconsistency is not good manners, so allow me, in the next week or two, to make up for it. It’s … Continue reading

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