All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House by David Giffels PDF

By David Giffels

With the lyrics of a Replacements tune operating via his head ("Look me within the eye, then inform me that i am satisfied"), David Giffels—with his spouse and baby son in tow—combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, looking for the precise apartment for his burgeoning family members. the hunt ends on the entrance door of a pretty yet decaying Gilded Age mansion, the once-grand former place of abode of a rubber-industry govt. It lacks practical plumbing and electrical energy, leaks rain like a comic strip shack, and is infested with all demeanour of flora and fauna. yet for a tender father at a coming-of-age crossroads, the problem is strictly the attract. the entire manner house is Giffels's humorous, poignant, and confounding trip during the nice event of restoring a crumbling residence to be able to getting to know what the phrases "grown up" and "home" particularly suggest.

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I tried to remove the word termite from her answer, hastily reckoning that termites couldn’t do much damage to a brick house. Could they? I asked if I—if we, my wife and I—might be able to see the house. The woman said yes, but she would have to contact the owner to set up a time. When we pulled into the driveway for our appointment with A ll t h e Wa y H o m e [ 33 the real estate lady, the sun disappeared above the arch of trees and vines—vines that crossed and doubled back and crossed again in a troubled wild lattice.

He brought it up and set it next to the Christmas tree. We opened our gifts with the large package sitting there, a mystery to me. 54 ] David G iffe ls I opened it last. It was a kitchen stool. It looked like something the Little Rascals would build. ” It was made with old scraps of lumber. David insisted he’d been saving his best piece of barn siding for the seat. It was smeared with black and red paint. ” I wasn’t in a mood to hide my disappointment, but I did my best to show appreciation, even when I tried to sit on the stool and it wobbled insecurely underneath me.

The city’s tire industry was booming, and tens of thousands of people came for factory jobs. There is an old story that may or may not be myth, but is often repeated because it could easily have been true: an editorial in the Los Angeles Times fantasized wistfully that perhaps one day Los Angeles . . will be the Akron of the West! The city’s architecture and neighborhoods blossomed and defined themselves stylistically mainly in the years between 1910 and 1935. Most of the city’s visual personality reflects that era.

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