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Light at the End of the Tunnel
I just want President and Mrs. Obama to know that there will be no ceremonial flooring to stand on when they come to Brokeback Manor, only the sea-grass carpeting in the entry/library. They may shake hands, kiss, hug, even fist-bump me or anyone they want. Dropping by will not be a problem, although Air Force One might be. With a few days notice however, I can always clear a field nearby. Just be aware that I don’t cook, but then again, I doubt Her Majesty whipped up eggs or Prince Philip slung hash during their stay in the UK.
Now all of this is assuming my house will be ready in time for a presidential visit.
Contractor Mitch took last week off so that he could stay in his shop to finish off my doors and windows. He also offered to email me a picture of a door/window assembly as a work in process. This, in essence, would allow him to deliver everything the week after—April 13-17, in the year of our Lord 2009.
Both Passover and Easter came and went and still no photo. Now this does not definitely mean there won’t be a delivery this week, but I am beginning to lose the faith. Joan and I are tentatively scheduled to go up on Thursday, but I don’t think I will bring the Windex. President Obama thinks he has trouble with transparency issues!
But low and behold, what did I find on my computer screen yesterday morning: photos of the front doors. A photo of the front door is almost as good as having a front door. Through these doors I believe I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Indeed it is a very long tunnel and a very dim light, but it’s there. I will be there Thursday camera in hand.
From top: The Obamas share a fist bump on June 4, 2008. Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, photo by Daniel Hambury, courtesy of Associated Press. The door to Paul’s Brokeback Manor by Contractor Mitch.