Friday, October 16, 2009


SUCCESSFULLY NOT CLEANING THE STOVEPIPE


Managed for a whole nother weekend not to clean the stovepipe: not bad for a guy whose primary weekend mission for approximately the past month has been to clean the stovepipe.

That same steadfastness of purpose kept me from getting a full-time job for almost 20 years after college; it has served me well, and it's something I never learned in school. I feel that steadfastness to be something far more ancient than such contrivances as schools and jobs, and at least as primitive as humanity itself.

It is said that aboriginal man actually labors for subsistence only 1/3 of the time; the rest is spent in whatever manner in that culture is best suited, metaphorically speaking, to not cleaning the stovepipe.

However, it is getting colder, and we will need to use the stove pretty soon, plus there's a three-day weekend coming up, or so the ants in me keep telling the grasshopper in me; this might therefore be the ideal time to really push the envelope regarding not cleaning the stovepipe.

Me and aboriginal humans, we're like this (two fingers twisted together like DNA).

7 comments:

RB from Astoria said...

Don't feel so bad. I have a section of grout in the shower that needs to be redone to prevent water from dribbling down the crack between the tiles and wallboard. I slapped a strip of duct tape over it many weeks ago and miraculously it still holds. Even though I've grown quite used to it by now, like wrinkles and gray hair, my wife still asks at least twice a day when it's going to get fixed. She obviously doesn't share my aesthetic. My point is: if we all kept our noses to the grindstone all the time we would have no noses and dull knives. Best wishes.

R. Brady said...

RB from Astoria, I greet you as a fellow member of the great Deeptime tribe.

wgaw said...

me thinks if you cleaned it a month ago it would already be getting dirty again

Tabor said...

I actually was wondering when I should call in the chimmney cleaner...now or after a few first fall fires. There is no way I or my hubby could ever do this ourselves with the 2.5 story chimney and a convoluted built-in stove.

R. Brady said...

Me too, wgaw; I d rather shiver for as long as I can, and spare myself the labor till I get the most out of it.

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Tabor, if you had some smoky fires last year, or don't know the status of your chimney interior, better clean it before any hot fires now... you do NOT want a 2.5 story chimney fire!

Anonymous said...

You have written before about your long spell of non-working following your school years. We wonder how you kept the outer man supplied with nourishment during those times . . . where did the yenom come from for the odd basket of fish & chips? I imagine the stories are good.

R. Brady said...

Morning Lace, posted here, was one example of random income...