water palava

Desk sketch 042220
So we are still at home here in California, sheltering in place. As it turns out, I’m glad I drew the living room so often when this coronavirus period started, because it looks totally different down there now, I say as I type from the desk upstairs. This sketch is from nearly a month ago – time flies when you’re having fun, huh. The Global Shared Experience is evolving, as different countries and different areas grapple with different rules and reasons. I want things to return to normal but they will not do so just because we want it to. So we carry on. It’s hard to believe it is mid-May already. I should have been preparing for the Davis World Cup next weekend. As it is I’ve been watching lots of old FIFA World Cup games, including the one pictured on my iPad above, Argentina v Cameroon from 1990. A classic game I last watched while getting my hair cut in the barber shop behind Tesco in Burnt Oak when I was 14. This is – was – my desk downstairs, my workspace working from home, and my workspace when doing anything else as well. Bit close to the kitchen snacks, mind. Well, a couple of days after drawing this scene, late on a Friday afternoon, I stood up from my seat and felt a splodge at my feet. There was water coming up through the laminate flooring, getting worse toward the wall, and it was obvious there was a huge leak coming into our house from next door. It’s a good job I was home, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get all our furniture out of the way in time, and get someone out to do something about it, there was nobody next door. They had some sort of bad leak in there, thankfully it was stopped but it soaked our walls and floor. So, they brought in big noisy air dryers and dehumidifiers to try and dry the place out. I moved that desk, and put the bookshelves in a different spot. We stopped the water getting any further.
on couch 042420
I sat up that night with a beer and sketched the view from the couch, while one of our cats lay on the top shelf, not really minding the noise I guess. I drew some of the noisy green machines in our dining area. I set up a new desk area upstairs. A few days later our landlords sent us a large pod to put our furniture into while the floor is torn up, and prepared for more drying of the walls – another week of noise.
dining room after flood
Eventually they took away the air dryers, satisfied the moisture had gone, and our living room looked like this. We’re basically living and working in just one half of the house now, not ideal. People have come in and patched up the wall, they’ll be doing more this week, and hopefully giving us a new floor too. So all this has been fun during this already fun time. I’m glad I drew the living room so much now.
empty living room 051420

 

4 thoughts on “water palava

  1. Laura (PA Pict) says:

    Oh man. I am sorry you have had this stressful experience on top of everything else we are all having to adapt to and endure. Our finished basement flooded last year and caused pretty catastrophic damage and the loss of a great number of possessions so I have insight into what you are dealing with. Your story makes me grateful that we went through all of that at a time when we could still leave the house to go to work and school rather than living in the chaos 24/7. I hope all the restoration work is completed quickly.

    • pete scully says:

      Cheers, that sounds horrible, sorry you had to deal with that. I am glad that I was having to work from home, so that I was here to notice it, otherwise we’d have lots of damaged furniture now, I managed to act quickly to move it all. Ah well. We had a flood at work the week before when a pipe on the roof leaked into our server room, damaging our IT systems, so it’s just 2020 being 2020 I reckon.

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