Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

NYC for Mom's Windows, Pool Party pics, etc.

I'm a bit behind in reporting to LJ. On the plus (or at least interesting to me) side is that I now have more than 18,000 photos on Facebook. And I still get comments/likes from pics posted five years ago. So it's worth the effort to post and annotate.

Public Facebook Gallery: 20140301 MN-StF Pool Party

A few weeks ago, my mother was informed that her apartment, one of 365 units in a high-rise complex on Roosevelt, Island NY (technically part of Manhattan) would have her long-awaited window installation. She wasn't read, and called me in to to help. I didn't have time for fannish meet-ups, and barely made it into Manhattan proper at all, but we did clear enough space for the installers and put everything back.

Public Facebook Gallery: 20140214-23 Visiting Mom in NYC

A few pics under the cut, showing the effort around just one of the three windows.

My original plan was to make an LJ report with more before and after photos and such, but I wound up with the equivalent of con crud after the ten-day trip, and Other Things have snuck up. So let me just put the list of things we donated to the Thrift Shop here, behind the cut. This is a pretty rough count, as I did a lot on the fly, but it's what we're claiming as tax deduction:

Wicker baskets 37
Plastic Tables 2
Clothing 1
Jai Alai rackets 2
3-in-one storage pockets 7
flying disk 1
other 7
Flower pots 16
Plastic Chair 1
Fantasy & Science Fiction 1
rack 2
plates 4
candlestick w/candle 1
pillows 3
lamp 2
table lamps 2
vaccuum cleaners 3
Vases 20
Assorted Shelvs & Containers 15
Greeting cards - pkg 4
Rugs 3
Apple keyboards 2
Plastic sheets, boxes 8
Computer carrying cases 7
Misc objects 12
Chinese New Year decoration 1
TV Table 1
Step Ladder 1

Using the Goodwill donation page as a guide, the preliminary figure for tax deductions is $242.

This doesn't count the amount of Stuff we threw away. Mom didn't have junk, but she did have empty boxes and ephemera. Even after I warned them (and they gave us big extra-hefty bags with wire ties, and we filled several), the maintenance people complained, so mom slipped them $10 each.

Oh, okay. Here is a sequence of just one of the windows.
Mom's living room in NYC, before cleanup 2/15/14
Mom's living room in NYC, before cleanup 2/15/14
I'd been there a day, and had cleared enough room in the front entry to get to this spot to take the photo.

Mom's apartment in NYC, after cleanup 2/18/14
Mom's apartment in NYC, after cleanup 2/18/14
We were ready for the installers!

New window installed in Moms apt. 2/18/14
Mom's apartment in NYC, after cleanup 2/18/14
Installed! One of three new windows. Warmer, quieter.

Dave, with much stuff back at window 2/21/14
Dave, with much stuff back at window 2/21/14
With the windows installed, mom wanted her apartment back. Minus all the stuff we tossed or donated to the Thrift Store.

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