Daily Archives: January 19, 2013

Foundation, cont’d.

The work is supposedly done.  Certainly the clean-up has taken place.  But cracks that were supposed to be sealed have not been, and tuck-pointing has not taken place.  So I shall withhold final payment until I am satisfied.

Now, the gutter

gut·ter 

n.

1. A channel at the edge of a street or road for carrying off surface water.
2. A trough fixed under or along the eaves for draining rainwater from a roof. Also called regionally eaves spout, eaves trough, rainspout, spouting.
3. A furrow or groove formed by running water.
4. A trough or channel for carrying something off, such as that on either side of a bowling alley.
5. Printing The white space formed by the inner margins of two facing pages, as of a book.
6. A degraded and squalid class or state of human existence.
v. gut·tered, gut·ter·ing, gut·ters

v.tr.

1. To form gutters or furrows in.
2. To provide with gutters.

v.intr.

1. To flow in channels or rivulets.
2. To melt away through the side of the hollow formed by a burning wick. Used of a candle.
3. To burn low and unsteadily; flicker.

adj.

Befitting the lowest class of human life; vulgar, sordid, or unprincipled: gutter language; the gutter press.

I’m using ‘gutter’ as a noun, and thinking of the second definition.
After having the foundation work this week, next week starts with gutter cleaning.  I expect the start the new Obama administration with clean gutters on the north, south and west of my home.
And all will be well with world.
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It’s Saturday.  I’ve breakfasted on French toast, bacon, and an orange.  Samson ate well and took a long ‘walk.’
Now: chiropractor, eye glasses, Costco for meds and necessities.  Voice lesson.  Vigil Mass.  Opera at Webster University.  ‘Tis a full day.