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    See Ya’, Laundromat

    So here’s some really good news. Herman has purchased a washer and dryer for the new house. You know that commercial (I think it’s for a washing machine) where the girl goes in to hug all the people and say goodbye at the Laundromat? I kind of wanted Robin, my aide, to do that as she goes to the Laundromat weekly for me. She drew the line, however, and said adamantly she’s not hugging anyone at the Laundromat. I think how incredibly lucky Caroga Lake is to have its own Laundromat. But I feel especially lucky that Robin won’t have to go there anymore to do my laundry. I think that one of the biggest things that I am anticipating is having a washing machine where I will be living. It being Herman’s house, I was especially glad that he wanted to have laundry machines there. He also went for a dishwasher as well, firmly announcing, "since I am the dishwasher with Robin, my vote is a dishwasher machine. End of any conversation.

    Well, I continued anyway with my feeling that all dishes need to be pretty much washed off of any food prior to being put in any dishwasher, so what really is the point? Herman remained adamant, I felt that any further argument would fall on deaf ears, so for once I took the path of least resistance (plus I don’t do the dishes) and agreed with him. Does this mean I am gaining all sorts of smart insight through this whole process of construction? Somewhat, but it truly is a learning experience each and every day. My advice to anyone thinking of building a new house: think real hard and long. I’m just on the peripheral sort of looking in at all that can and has slowed the process down-but Herman is really in it and I can gauge his frustration each day. I think that the final house will be totally up to Herman’s expectation when it is all done. (Knock wood.)

    Speaking of which: Herman’s original target date was Thanksgiving of this year. Obviously that didn’t happen. He’s now looking towards New Year’s. I’m not making any predictions anymore. By the time you read this, hopefully the house will be complete and I can call it home. At the time of my actually writing this to you, it is just the first week in December. What I have learned all through October and November is every last painstaking detail of what goes into finishing the interior of a house. Never in my life did I imagine that I would know exactly what joint compound, taping, spackling and what the word Sheetrock means. I even know what a primer coat is. Beyond that, have a wonderfully safe and joyous New Year. Be very careful of what you drink if you drive. I’ll talk to you in 2002!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"