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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Something's Burning Baby



Christie & I had a wedding to go to on Saturday in my old neighborhood in Grand Rapids. On my way there I saw a house on fire on Lake Michigan Drive, it was fully engulfed in flames. The fire trucks were there & about 15 cars sat by & watched. I wish I could've stopped to take a picture but I would've been late for the wedding.

On my way home (Christie was in the wedding so I was by myself), I stopped by the old house on Valley. It looks to be vacant & there's a for sale sign in the big front window. I always regret not having the time or the money to fix the place up proper. I always thought that if I had $10,000 & a couple more years I could've turned it into a great little house. If if's & buts were candy & nuts we'd all have a wonderful Christmas. The place looked to be in poor shape. Not that it was great when I left it but the yard was in good condition.

On the way back to Grand Haven, I stopped by to see what the burning house looked like. All that was left was the chimney, everything else had burned to the ground.



I don't know what these things have to do with each other, but it got me to thinking. Our culture is very obsessed with newer, bigger & better things. Perhaps one good thing that could come out of this economic mess we're in is that people will start to appreciate the things they have rather than always wanting something new. I'm a hypocrite, however, because after I realized I didn't have the time, money or skills to fix up an old place, I bought a brand new condo that requires absolutely no maintenance.

Five Favorite Songs of the Day

Red River Shore-Bob Dylan, Tell Tale Signs

32-20 Blues-Bob Dylan, Tell Tale Signs

Keep an Eye on Other's Gain-Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Thunder Road-Bruce Springsteen

This Heart's on Fire-Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary

Happy Sunday, friends...

andrew

5 comments:

Pam said...

Doesn't it make you wonder? Who were the people in the burned home? What's their story? Or was it vacant? What happened to the people in your old place? Were they a victim of the mortgage debaucle? Or did they move on to bigger and better? Probably not if they haven't sold this house.

Heidi McClelland said...

Did you see Bruce Springsteen is in Ypsi today for Obama?

Joyce said...

They voted to demolish the parsonage at the last voters meeting. As it turns out, I'm relieved that Sam didn't take on that money pit considering that it would have been devaluing as he was putting in time and money he didn't have, yet it still makes me sad.

andrew! said...

I was thinking about the old house, too. It's kind of sad that two of the four houses I've lived in have seemed to have gone downhill.

Heidi, where did he play?

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