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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

With You In Spirit and In Mucking Out, New York

Posted by on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Woke up this morning to water pouring out of the kitchen ceiling, water running down the walls, water streaming out of the stove, water flowing from under the fridge, water coming down through light fixtures. A gutter failed last night—blown over—and somehow the rainwater coming through the gutter on the kitchen side of the house was redirected into the kitchen vent and came gushing into the house.

There were no casualties. But, ugh, what a mess.

 

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care bear 1
You poor thing.
Posted by care bear on October 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Hire one of those clean-up companies. They come to our apartment building when somebody has been lying dead for weeks. They do a good job.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 3
God did it because you're gay! Or Satan did it to tempt you with a hot home repairman. One of those two things.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on October 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
4
Well, I did get to see Terry in a soaking wet t-shirt this morning, carrying a ladder, and barking orders in what almost sounded like German. So there was that.
Posted by Dan Savage on October 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM · Report this
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@ Dan - It's great seeing bottoms looking and acting so masculine.
Posted by The fag on October 30, 2012 at 9:26 AM · Report this
6
Hope the recovery and clean up goes well, both in NYC and Dan & Terry's kitchen...
Posted by EricaP on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
kim in portland 8
I've been there. Best wishes.
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on October 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Report this
saxfanatic 9
It was just water, right, and not blood? Because then it would totally be this Shining thing and that would be like totally freaky. Plus getting gallons of blood out of the carpet would just suck.
Posted by saxfanatic on October 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM · Report this
JensR 10
Come back when you've waded through human excrement in a basement with more of the same dropping in from the ceiling to save books that was burned by the Franco regime in Spain and that only exists in less than ten copies.

... that was the day I became a man. A man covered in poo and urine, but still...
Posted by JensR http://ohyran.se on October 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM · Report this
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I doubt you need this advice dan, but the most important priority for you is to dry out the interior spaces of the walls, floors, ceilings, etc. If it stays damp, and mold/mildew starts growing, you have a nightmare.

I'd hire someone, but failing that, consider renting some large ventilation fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters, and cut some holes in your walls and ceilings to aid in air circulation in those cavities. Repairing the walls later will be relatively cheap.

Good luck!
Posted by ohthetrees on October 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
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@12 - Dehumidifiers are your best friend in this situation.
Posted by Mike in Olympia on October 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 15
@4, Pictures!
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on October 30, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Knat 16
@10, Pictures!
Posted by Knat on October 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Lance Thrustwell 17
I second #12's advice (and agree you probably are as aware of it as we are, but what the heck). That black-spot mildew - it's the house equivalent of a life-threatening infection. Don't let it start! Best of luck, and get all contractors' quotes up-front and by the job, not by the hour! (More obvious advice.)

Posted by Lance Thrustwell on October 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
despicable me 18
Crap. Best of luck to everyone with excess water problems.

(Was Terry thinking of remodeling the kitchen? Cause now would be an excellent time for it!)

Posted by despicable me on October 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM · Report this
19
There are better ways to wake up in the morning. I hope you took somebody's good advice, and fucked first.

I foresee a lovely kitchen remodel in your near future. Let Terry pick the colors though.
Posted by SeattleKim on October 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM · Report this
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Dan: isn't it great to see that so many people are thrilled to be able to see a little part of your life (aka your disaster-filled kitchen)?
Also: second that #19, brilliant!
Posted by DE on October 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM · Report this
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All Previous Commenters:

You guys are on fire today. Seriously, I think there's a road show in the making.

Posted by TheOtherWoman on October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM · Report this
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Perhaps Dan's kitchen catastrophe is God's punishment of his "gay lifestyle." Or alternatively, maybe Dan's tedious clean-up job is more evidence of the mundane nature "the gay lifestyle."

Posted by Sally Hemings' daughter on October 31, 2012 at 6:36 AM · Report this
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The Army Corps of Engineers has an Unwatering Team. Maybe they can swing by when they finish the northeast.
Posted by Susan on October 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM · Report this
24
Sorry to hear this, Dan. Sucks, especially if you are still working on your book deadline, double-sucks. Contractors take up so much time. Something similar happened to friends, and their insurance paid for a very nice remodel, so perhaps there will be a silver lining.
Posted by delta35 on October 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
arthbard 25
I don't want to worry you, Dan, but it sounds like you may have been the victim of a Three Stooges film.

http://youtu.be/CsKFhOw-PXw
Posted by arthbard http://arthbard.com on October 31, 2012 at 5:51 PM · Report this
milemarker 26
It they have to unhook and remove the toilet make SURE they reseal it property when they put it back. Mine wasn't done right and moisture seeped under my flooring and caused it to buckle at the joints in the laminate. We get a do-over on Saturday but FUCK!
Posted by milemarker on November 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
BEG 27
Hey, I just found out that NYC's lgbt youth center (ali forney) was hard hit. Maybe you could publicize this, for some donations & help?

http://www.davidmixner.com/2012/11/hells…
Posted by BEG http://twitter.com/#!/browneyedgirl65 on November 4, 2012 at 6:05 AM · Report this

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