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Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt

Well, I’ve been able to remove the chimney cap and the first few layers of brick, suffering nothing more than a few scraps, sore muscles, and a broken knuckle or two. Getting to it requires climbing on ladder, working my way across a roof and then back across another, then balancing on a roof ladder about thirty feet in the air, so I say anything that doesn’t require hospitalization is a win.

I’m still not sure how to take down the inside chimney liner, which appears as solid as the day it was put in and it possibly made of the same stuff in Wolverine’s claws. I’m using something about the size of Thor’s hammer, which simply bounces off the liner.

Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes! Charis made me a nice dinner and Emily gave me a copy of The Annotated Wizard of Oz, which I’ve been lusting after since first seeing it a few years ago. My vacation was something of a bust from a fun standpoint, but I survived my first book signing and we’ve sold almost 60 print copies of Storm Chaser in addition to whatever’s going out through the publisher … a good start.

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amelia_seyroon
Jul. 15th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
ozma914
Jul. 15th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
Sometimes I just stun people into replying with silence ...
amelia_seyroon
Jul. 15th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Icon says it all!
ozma914
Jul. 15th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
It sure does, doesn't it?
kathyh
Jul. 15th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
A belated Happy Birthday!
ozma914
Jul. 16th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!
deborahw37
Jul. 15th, 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
Belated Happy Birthday!

And be careful up there!
ozma914
Jul. 16th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! And don't worry -- what could possibly go wrong?
agdhani
Jul. 15th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Think I missed it...obviously...but Happy belated birthday!
ozma914
Jul. 16th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
That's okay -- you only missed it by a couple of days!
lifefailsme
Jul. 15th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
You do chimneys too? Could you be more male? You are amazing man!
ozma914
Jul. 16th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh, you need to talk to Emily. She'd explain how I could be much, much more male, and if you need any evidence of that, I just finished washing dishes. ;-)
lifefailsme
Jul. 16th, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
dis-illusioned! I'm dis-illusioned man!!


;D
ozma914
Jul. 17th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
Well, okay, I'll be a manly-man .... if it's okay with my fiancee. ;-)
woman_of_
Jul. 15th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well done, on all counts!
ozma914
Jul. 16th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Don't say that until all the chimney's on the ground!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 18th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Maybe you should call Holmes on Homes to fix your chimney. Then you'd be safe, and you could get free publicity on a reality TV show.
ozma914
Jul. 18th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
I like the publicity idea, but I don't have the money for anyone other than me to work on it. That is, except for the free help I'm going to get from relatives to repair whatever I damage ....
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