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November 6, 2011

Of pipes and prejudice

Filed under: Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 9:57 pm

Well, the handyman came over. It is not so bad.  A $50 part blew, and the damage to the walls is minimal.  I will just have to get a different irrigation set up for next summer, something we were sort of planning on anyway.  The container garden set up is great for wheelchairs, but not for watering, so I was going to spring for a new irrigation drip hose next year anyway.

When I was by myself, I NEVER thought about buying a house.  I need someone to change a light bulb! I have no handy talent–and now I can not stand up or turn handles or… so I can’t do a lot around the house.  I figured with maintenance, taxes, and interest, the cost of a house just didn’t make any sense and I was better off renting and investing the difference. I did so, and then spent the difference on medical crises.  Sigh.

But… after such a frustrating day — I sort of feel like maybe disabled people (or maybe JUST ME) should not own houses.

Funny story on the side–I was in traffic court as I had been driving myself to the ER after splitting a vein from falling on a glass table.  I could not reach the glove compartment to get my insurance so I was cited as not having insurance.  The judge looked at my three other accidents–all with blood and vomit as I was driving myself to and from the ER on other occasions. He said, “People like you shouldn’t drive.”  I said “People like you shouldn’t judge.”  And I barely missed getting a contempt of court citation, too!


  1. People with disabilities SHOULD OWN HOUSES. It may be frustrating at times but that is normal. Some of the wealthiest and most powerful people are at the mercy of handy men, carpenters, plumbers, landscape crews, and on and on. If you want get a passionate and personal set of stories just get professionals and wealthy people talking about this topic. Every one of them will have both a recent story and a “I bet you can’t top this” story.

    Comment by Mike — November 7, 2011 @ 8:58 am |Reply

    • yes, you are right. But ohhhh… the pain and trouble of owning a house…

      Comment by accessahut — November 25, 2011 @ 1:59 am |Reply

  2. Lots of money-savvy people say “rent” and not just for people with disabilities.

    I take it these ER visits are times when your caretaker was not available and you couldn’t reach me? Is it possible to build a relationship with a taxi service? Does your insurance have very high co-pays for ambulances? (There are advantages; hospitals actually have rules about prioritizing patients who come in by ambulance.)

    Love the story with the judge. It’s wicked and not smart, but I crowed with laughter.

    Comment by Jendy Wo — November 25, 2011 @ 12:53 pm |Reply

    • These were a long time ago–pre-MaJe. Like the time I fell through a glass table at 5am, or etc. A bad spate of years.

      Yes, I think financially people are better off renting–and not just because of the housing bubble burst. But I did buy at the burst end of the curve, so at least I am not underwater.

      It really isn’t disability–it is more personality. I am not a homeowner personality. MaJe was. I am not.

      Comment by accessahut — November 26, 2011 @ 2:36 am |Reply

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