Upon my return from a deployment in Southeast Asia, we found our selves penniless. We didn’t have any relatives or friends that could put us up even temporarily. So, we went to a former employer (part time for us) that we knew had apartments for rent in Tacoma, WA. I was returning to McCord AFB.
First he laughed because he knew how much money we had once had. Then he began to take us seriously as we explained that what had happened to us since we last saw him. That’s all information for another time and another Life Lesson.
He had an old apartment building that he was rehabbing in the inner city. Yes, along with that came all the issues associated with living in any inner city, even today.
As we opened the door, we were speechless. It was three rooms, a kitchen (no sink), a bathroom in the corner of the front room (all its walls were missing) and a bedroom. The space was without any interior wall and thus there were no closets and no privacy. In fact, there was no plaster or wallboard on the exterior inside walls, anywhere. None.
A quick look at the floors and there was only what’s called underlayment. The wood you put down before you put vinyl or carpet or tile over the top of it.
But . . . it was FREE (no rent)!
Besides all of the privacy and other issues, there was no place to hang a coat other than on a single nail sticking out from one of the 2 x 4’s that was exposed. All of them were exposed but only one had a nail sticking out. Since we only had one full size bed (borrowed from the same person), there wasn’t anyplace where we could put our clothes.
My Father and Grandfather were both good with their hands. Me, not so much but I’ve always tried. They worked with wood and I figured that if they could do it, I could to. So, with our first check, I bought the following: [Read more…]