Really? Sigh …
As you can tell from my previous post, I’m not currently in Santa Fe. I’m not at my house. And it is very cold. Here’s a view of my living room from Sunday afternoon:
And a view of the entrance area from Sunday evening (hint: the blue things and the holes in the walls are not part of my normal decoration):
The freezing temperatures caused a water pipe going to an outside spigot to burst. Instead of just wasting water to the outside (and potentially creating a beautiful ice sculpture), the water longed for warmer temperatures a decided to flood the house instead. Oakley noticed it (thank god!) when she returned to check on my house. She called in the water damage troops and they did not waste time and attempted to dry out the house as quickly as possible. Yesterday the plumber was here and he fixed the root problem and tomorrow (my today) they start patching things up again.
I mentioned over email that I feel like watching a bad horror movie where your own home gets dismantled and you can’t do anything about it. Not a good way to start the new year, but I’m grateful that I had somebody check on the house and act fast to try and minimize damage. Thanks Oakley!
On a positive note, it seems to have paid off to invest some time and thought into my document filing process. While in Europe I wanted to give my Homeowners insurance a heads-up about the damage. Normally an insurance policy is something that’s buried deeply in a filing cabinet in your home. As I scan, convert-to-PDF, full-text index and store on Google Docs all incoming paper/electronic documents, I found the latest revision of the policy within a few minutes and was able to contact them with my policy information (the blue thumbnail below is for the latest version of the policy from 05/2012). I have not heard back from them, but that’s a different story.