after a weekend spent standing on a ladder holding a steam iron, trying to get wallpaper off. What a job. Finished up last night about 8 o’clock.
- Perforating tool and various chemicals – $40
- New perforating tool and more chemicals – $50
- Weeks rental on steam machine – $90
- SU has smile on face – priceless
Now comes the next hard part, repairing the walls, priming, painting, decorating, etc. It would have been easier to buy a new house.
After we finished up, we watched War Photographer, a documentary about a guy that documents suffering around the world. It was a bit disjointed and could have used better direction but overall, it was worth watching. The photographer’s name is James Nachtwey and some of his photographs are on his website.
The things that human beings do to each other are just incredible. It is hard to imagine the type of suffering that other people have to endure each day as we in the United States argue about petty issues. Although the scenes of suffering from famine were by far the hardest to watch, the images of people forced to scrounge through garbage dumps to make a living had the biggest impact on me.
I had seen that on a smaller scale in the Dominican Republic several years ago. The film featured one in Jakarta and it was just heartbreaking. To look around me at the excesses that we have and to know that there but by the grace of God go I is humbling to say the least. And yet, in our jaded view of the world, we fail to recognize how blessed we are and in our narcissism fail to lend more than a cursory hand.
It is difficult to know what to do sometimes. It is not difficult to know that you must do something. I must do more.