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Helping Ben - Livin' the Good Life

Jan. 14th, 2009

06:03 pm - Helping Ben

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I spent the last two days over at Ben's house helping with a massive yard cleanup. Ben inherited a huge fixer-upper project when he took over Peter's house after Peter died. (He also created a gigantic mess when he remodeled the back room of the house into a recording studio.) We are buying the house from Peter's brother, Robert, and turning around and renting the place to Ben for very low rent. It has all worked out beautifully! (I love it that Ben lives just down the street from us, and he is gradually fixing up a home for himself.)
So, Ben rented a monster-sized dumpster for a week, and we all pitched in to help. Ben did 90% of the work, though. All I did was pick up broken glass, nails and other debris for about 5 or 6 hours. I was so sore afterward! I don't care for everyday housework, but I love once-in-a-while projects that some people call "manual labor", especially if it involves working outdoors. I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor for a long time with this kind of work, whereas housework is never really done. Ben's yard already looks remarkably better, and when he gets done with it, I think he'll be proud of the place.