Hello everyone. Yesterday afternoon (around the time I posted the "British Composers..." disc) I noticed a small wet spot on my carpet, and at first I could not figure out what the source was (or am I just finally that old and just dribbling/incontinent?). Directly above on the ceiling I have a fire sprinkler, and hanging from it, like forming stalactites, were many water droplets quietly making their way to the floor. (A few years before I moved into this apt. there had been apparently a terrible flood, which necessitated a ground-up rebuilding of the tiny apt, more or less from the ground up) So, with this history at hand, I was beyond nervous.
After 30 min. a 4 inch crack developed next to the sprinkler, a sheet of water now coming in nonstop. With enough pots and bowls to compose a Cage or Harrison work, I managed to keep the water in check if I kept busy. Long boring story short, after many failed attempts to reach my landlord I called a sprinkler co. and a plumber as well. It seems that 75% of my ceiling must be removed, as even the 1.5 inch thick drywall and the insulation are saturated with water and falls apart at the touch. It seems a large portion of the roof on the side of the house where my apt is needs to be replaced, and that's why I now have a complimentary indoor pool forming on my "penthouse".
SO, the point is I am sad to report that I will have to take a break from posting; the first thing I did was frantically wrap up my computer and other devices tightly in plastic bags, then in blankets, and now in my closet they hide. The rain and wind was so bad last night I didn't want to put them in the car. Will do so today. My apt. is covered completely in plastic tarps, my ceiling is to be torn down (hopefully soon) and thus I must stay at my parents house. What to do about the portion of my music collection I keep at my place I know not. I cleared out my closets from clothes and an endless amount of other things, and have crammed them with as many boxes of discs as possible. The closets are not safe either of course so I have to get back in there and somehow crawl to my closets and try to get several thousand discs out. I'm not even thinking about appliances, I don't have the time and the effort would be too great.
Perhaps I will try to decompress whilst I stay with family by posting - but I cannot promise this.
Sorry for a long post full of woe but even writing, as it's here on my blog, is at least a bit purgative for me!
Thanks for your understanding everyone!