Appreciating the basics  

puntachueca 105M
2534 posts
9/6/2006 6:32 am

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9/11/2006 6:48 pm

Appreciating the basics

Working on restoring the house one gets a great appreciation for the basics.

Like a roof that doesn't leak.

How many people in the world don't have that?

Windows without broken glass.

How many people have that?

Running water in the house.

A toilet.

A stove.

A refrigerator.


We take so much for granted. Yet there's millions who have nothing.

We must all be thankful for what we have and try and share with others.

I think I'm going to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Learning a lot about how to build a house.
The cowboys are saying you don't know how to use scrounged materials to build a house until you use old pallets and cardboard.

GhostWriter947 58F

9/6/2006 7:13 am

I am thankful for what I have.
I think that is soooo wonderful of you to volunteer with Habitat. That is for such a good cause.
Good luck on building hon!!


puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 5:43 am:
A very good outfit. They have a store in Tucson--Habistore..which sells recycled building materials and they use the money from that to help their projects.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
9/6/2006 7:13 am

There's so much people take for granted... I've been homeless to the point I had to sleep in my office, but at least I had somewhere to go.

There's a huge difference between "roughing it" by choice and going without... some things you just learn the hard way.

Old pallets, cardboard and a rock for a hammer (recycle those rusty nails!).

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 5:46 am:
I've been homeless 3 times in my life....I've done a lot of work over the years in helping people get jobs and roofs over their heads. Shit happens to peaople and society can be so cruel and unforgiving. We buiolt a neat netowrk in Tucson tying all the assistance groups together so a holistic package of aid is available...a place to live, job or job training, substance abuse help, clothing, vehicles....

amoldenough 70F
16436 posts
9/6/2006 2:15 pm

I watched a church group along with habitat for humanity build 2 houses across the street from me. They are nicer houses than the one I live in. They don't just throw some shack together. They do a wonderful job. I would have loved to go over and helped, but my health at the time was such that i couldn't. I admire President Carter for all of his humanitarian efforts. As far as I know, he is still building houses. (he makes furniture too) I think a lot at night when I go to bed about those less fortunate. We may not have money for many luxuries, but we basically have what we need. Sorry for the length of this comment.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 5:55 am:
Never be sorry for saying what you are feeling.

tracy_de_lacy 105F
9268 posts
9/6/2006 3:55 pm

I think about stuff like that all the time, there is always someone poorer or someone sicker than us.

Yo can make a lot of cool stuff with old pallets, once that wood is sanded down and varnished you can make lovely tables, etc. I love making stuff from wood.

Bye everyone, it was a blast

puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 5:57 am:
Right on. I've got a whole bunch and they make a great fence.

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

9/7/2006 7:20 am

Your so right there Cowboy, Its hard to maintain that sense of thanks giving at times when your hurting to be some where else...Ready


puntachueca replies on 9/7/2006 7:55 pm:
This is why it is really helkpful to just stop, and make a list of blessings....whatever they minimal as they might seem in the grand context.

We're alive. There's always tomorrow. Good shit does happen. We can remake our myths....what do we think about from the past (about which the only thing we can do is change our memory of and value of)...what are the lessons we learned so we avoid "if you do what you always did, you get what you always got"....

lissi888888 52F
1401 posts
9/9/2006 8:58 am

Having worked on some habitat for humanity houses...I can tell you it's way worth it. It's fun AND the homeowners appreciate it so much. All of them I met were just good folks who wanted a place to raise their families. I think you will really enjoy it hon.

puntachueca replies on 9/11/2006 6:51 pm:
Thanks. I'm looking forward to this.

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