Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ask...

I was devastated. I believe in what is meant to be, and what never was, and if something doesn't happen, something else will. But I was devastated. "Are you kidding me?" "A thousand dollars to just spruce up the juice to the wanna be studio so we can make a condo out of a boys-night-out?" "Well, yeah, if you want it to be safe, and good, and to work right".....

I was devastated. We had recruited an army of willing arms to swing hammers and dig trenches. To barbeque chicken. To run ice. To hang drywall and pour concrete. We had scavenged the streets for donations, asking for the world, and being gifted over and over again. And, then, "are you kidding me?" we couldn't make it safe.....

Strong enough to power the air conditioning in triple digit heat, the coffee pot balanced on the makeshift counter top.....
the oxygen machine when it came.....

"Are you kidding me?"

Today, we shifted gears.

We started asking strangers.

Peace~love

Tomorrow everything we need to wire up the sound will be neatly packed in the back of Chey's pick-up truck. Friday night we'll pow-wow. On Saturday we'll tear the walls down. On Sunday we'll put them up again.

May the circle be unbroken.

Sometime soon,
I'll have a friend in the backyard....

And he will
have
an
army of new friends...
clinking!
Praying for the healing.....

72 comments:

Anonymous said...

who wants the grand? And what for?
Don't say inspector or code enforcement....nah,nah,nah... see no evil, hear no evil, share no evil & it's all good.
skinny

singleton said...

slb...nah, I wouldnt be devastated over code enforcement, I would dodge them, 500 wholesale, 1000 retail....I was blown away at the list....but it's all good, it's going down.... it's a grapevine, a circle, we just had to reach in the right direction.

peace~love~and 20 amps, 110s, switchplates, outlets, gauge boxes, breakers, hitchikers, copper wire and all that hoo-hah

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Sounds like someone is rebuilding...are you fictioning here or is this for real?
Sorry if I sound completely out of whack here, but what the hell is going on? Have I missed some huge part of the puzzle that is you???
Do tell!
And accept my apologies ahead of time for not getting it. Sorry shugs.
xoxo
Blue!

kimbies said...

Oh the magic of a dance floor!!!

Scott from Oregon said...

Any and all questions are invited and welcomed.

I do so love a work party...

JR's Thumbprints said...

Remember: Code violators are a dangerous liablity waiting to happen. Am I sounding too much like a government employee?

eric313 said...

Your words get me every time, sometimes they get me into a deep diving flight and sometimes they stare back at me without blinking. You don't need to be dramatic and profound, your subject matter already is and you let it speak for you and you guide the words in for a landing--just like many others we know and love and read religiously.

But you have it and have had it for a while. You are a master within your personal themes, its great to read anything you write. My turn to post. Wish me luck.

Or maybe its luck who has me, holding onto the loose threads and not letting me fall too far, just enough to be able to narrate the journey down and roll into a perfect landing, or talk about the way the sky looks gazing up for an hour or two at where I came from before the crash.

Peace and Love
And best wishes for the health of your friend. It's so important to support those in need, and not everyone has the room to do it, both property wise or room in the heart. You have both.
Clink x 9

kj said...

thanks to eric, i finally understood what and why and who. best wishes for healing. if hearts alone could heal, this kind act of yours would be all that's needed .

i hope all works out well.

:)

Orhan Kahn said...

I feel as if I'm missing something here.. elegant as always, but maybe I'm just too tired to understand.

Sorry to digress but whatever you've recently added to your blog keeps attempting me to 'Blog This'. Maybe it is because I have a Google account. Whatever the case it is forwarding people away from your blog :|

singleton said...

blue....sorry, I just ramble sometimes. We are rebuilding in my backyard. And we are doing it all on wings of angels, we just weren't expecting the actual costs of the electric to be so expensive. And it has to be done right. This friend is not well and will be going through some very serious treatments so we need it as accomodative as possible. (See the post before last to catch the beginning) Anyhew, it's gonna work out, we're taking the list today to an electrical contractor in the next little town who has promised to load up our shopping cart! There are angels everywhere!
xoxox

kimbies...it's unbelievable isn't it? One bar, one dance floor, and a hundred hands reaching out to form a circle..... Hearts, everywhere we look, there are hearts! peace~love my love

scott....Don't be surprised if we come a knockin'! Yeah, it's gonna be good. Had the crew here last night for final measurements and walk-throughs, and the ever growing list of "oh yeah, we're gonna need this and this..." Knock-down starts saturday, and so do the grills!

singleton said...

jr....Nah, actually you sound like me. That was the whole glich in the last few days, trying to make it so absolutely safe, not only for liability, not only so that both the little cottage and my house are protected, but so he is safe within those walls, and comfortable.... I guess I'm naive but I always think you can just go poof! And like magic, things just happen. And they will, we just had to knock on the right doors!

Eric....I wish you luck in all, every word, every day, and yes, I'm staring back at you. Unblinking. Watching you write off the paper, off the walls, into the sky. Thank you so much for your support. I hope he'll find peace here, behind the picket fence. A new place to hang his tired cowboy hat at the end of the day. And that the friendships that are forged are good ones, strong ones, long ones. Peace~love my friend

kj....sorry, I didn't even think that no one would understand, just plopped at the keyboard and started banging! Thank you for the well-wishes. May the healing begin!

My sweet tired Orhan.....I didn't add anything! Just these words! But the same thing happened to me when I tried to visit friends last night. After the third time, I just logged out and went to bed, it was like getting hijacked! Seems to be ok today! I probably should have given more details earlier, but when I wrote "Behind the gate" a week-ago, that was pretty much so the beginning. A casual friend of mine, who Kimbies has embraced since the moment they met, has been dx'd with cancer also, and without insurance, the good kind, has lost just about everything, first and foremost, his home. In our little world, that is just unacceptable, and here, in our bar, in our neighborhood, folks might not have money, but they have hell of big hearts and strong shoulders, so we had a pow-wow to figure out where he could go, mighty strong treatments on the front, and the next thing you know, we are building a cottage out of my studio in the backyard. That will give him privacy, and peace, but also friends just a few steps away. We have not collected the first dime, nor do we want to, but we made a list of everything from staples, to paint, insulation, all of it, everything we needed to make it perfect, to code, and to comfort and we just started to freak when we got to the wires,,,,who the hell was gonna donate that much stuff? Ahhh, but they did. Watch for the thank you list, to be posted soon!
peace~love

singleton said...

orhan...I take it back, blogger is still kidnapping me, happened at Skinnys and Erics, WTH is going on?

eric313 said...

did you have comments get eaten by blogger? SLB did too, the other night. Let me know anf I'll drop by here more. Posted again!
clink!

karma lennon said...

That's so awesome what you're doing for your friend. We need more people like you guys in the world. :)

JustRun said...

As good as it feels to do something good, it feels that much better to do it right. Nice job! Sounds like fun, too!

eric313 said...

Something has been making my page go to blog this, too.

I'm at the college, so it's weird, but I really had to fight it to make stay on my own damn page. Pissed me off, let me tell you. Wrote another poem, though. So I guess things aren't so bad.

Good luck with your busy life, sweet friend.
Or, does luck have you?
peace, always...

Trevor Record said...

Hey Singleton! Its been a while (I have been busy - sorry!)

Is this true? You have strangers helping you out with construction? That is really cool!

she said...

you are blessed

and you are blessings

who needs will? where there's a friend; there's a way

God shine!

justacoolcat said...

What a process.

Cheers to Sunday!

karoline said...

do it, build it, fill it, paint it in all the colors of you..the purpose alone is enough for the universal strings to be pulled and pennies from heaven..

it'll all work out perfectly..and you'll wonder where all the abundance came from...

angels don't use real money..

;)

singleton said...

eric...I'm gonna try and come by tonight....it would just click! not clink! me off to Blog This! Damn near driving me nuts! Keep writing, baby, I'll catch up on the reads and probably swallow the words whole!

karma....you know, it's been like the most amazing chain letter ever, one person tells one person asks one person who says yes who says yes who says yes....We just got about 700 bucks in electrical supplies donated this afternoon, the drywall comes on Friday, unbelievable.....And the really strange part....90% of the folks, the muscle, the gifts....don't even know him.....We are so blessed!

justrun...you are totally on! It has to be done right! It has to feel good, be clean, safe, the best environment for healing. We want him better, standing at the BBQ grill, passing the chain!

Diesel said...

Good luck with the project.

singleton said...

trevor....bless you sweetie.....the blogger door slammed at your place, too! Did my comments stick? I was all entrenched in the polka-dot brain when I kept getting kidnapped! Thank you for the blues sweet boy! Watch for pics!

she....can I tell you how blessed we are? This ever growing circle? I feel the love, everywhere I go....Like sunshine, bringing on the good stuff! "Lucky" that's what she said....Made by peace and love! I have someplace I'd like you to visit, is it ok if I email you?

suchacoolcat.....Cheers! Beers! Feel the love!

karoline....No angels use fairy dust and smiles and magic wands.....I'll be surprised if I can see the moon tonight for all the hovering above! It's just incredible.....all of it!

Peace~love to all and thank you for your good vibes and cheeringleading! If you scoot to Kimshandmedown levis and read "She didn't even know him" you'll get a quick peek into what's going on!

Clink!
To all that fight, to all that dance, to all that reach out......make the circle be unbroken.

Orhan Kahn said...

Wow, that is a touching tale of problems. I've seen the documentary Sicko by Michael Moore and I must say I'm very suprised at your health care system. Whatever money you save should go towards sending him to England, Britian, Cuba or Australia for treatment.

I do hope things change for the better.

singleton said...

orhan...I dont think I gave all the details so you either have ESP or maybe we have blog-crossings, but actually, you hit it right on the head. Ronnie is not getting all the treatment that he should, not in the order, the timing, it's a hurray up and wait, and "oh, that's not medically necessary" kind of thing.....pain is a medically necessary thing in my world, comfort is necessary in my world, peace.....is necessary. That is probably all that we can afford him...peace....I hope it works miracles!

love ya, man....just so you know, that would be....
JSYKLYM!

singleton said...

diesel....you snuck in between me blabbering, thanks for the well wishes! We will use them to the max!

eric313 said...

A Home on the Bayou
E1313

a place to hang old cowboy hats or
football basketball baseball caps
and look back at the beauty that was the day unwinding
the threads tangled
like desire and anticipation and
lust for all of life's lessons,
and dread and reality's bite
in one touch
a kiss of time

Waiting for the unknowable to be
known

The night falls down onto us
for another roll of the dice
for another tequilla sundown
gone with the day,
for another chance
to let her win and stay crowned
that way forever

Heaven's son has finally come
home to stay.

for a kiss of time,
to hang a care-worn hat
in a place where it can belong

eric313 said...

Clink!

singleton said...

eric....you know,sometimes I just love you! This is one of them! Perfect, f'n perfect, Clink!

eric313 said...

Clink! Tink!

Pssst...
go check out peace!

Blue Lady...
She flies
at midnight

singleton said...

Eric...OMG! I fell into that. It fell into me. Undone. Unfinished. Unbelievable.

eric313 said...

Thank you so much. That one was just a free spirit wanting loose on the page. Words are footprints leading the eyes to secret places beyond the wind.

Met you there, remember?
Peace~Love~clink!

singleton said...

Eric....yes, I remember, and I read this one to Kimbies on the line....she cried. Cowboy hats. You have to understand. peace~love, my friend.....
beautiful...
the writings on the walls
the waves
a seawall
long legs and feet
dangling over
eyes to the endless sound
grafitti for the soul
spraypaint
in the wind

singleton said...

And as for blue lady, well you already know.....I know you do

SpongyBones said...

We willbuild you a studio made of the most powerful thing ever, never to be turned down by any uncaring code man ... and with magic powers to allow only good, kind clinkers in ... I see the grass getting greener there!

SpongyBones said...

We willbuild you a studio made of the most powerful thing ever, never to be turned down by any uncaring code man ... and with magic powers to allow only good, kind clinkers in ... I see the grass getting greener there!

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Clinkity clink clink! And ding! Get it. Thanks Singy! Sorry so slow on my part.
xo
Blue!

eric313 said...

Ever hear the Hendrix song Angel?
"Angel come down from heaven yesterday.."
Land safely
Clink!

paddy said...

By and by Lord, by and by. Rock on.
Y;-) Paddy

Mavin said...

What exactly are you guys doing? I do this work all the time but I'm not a full contractor nor do I want to be, I'm really going for avaition technology. But are you guys making a music studio or what? I'd join in if I was living near you but I don't live in Florida I live in Texas.


Later, Mave. :)

david mcmahon said...

May all your circles be unbroken, always ....

singleton said...

spongy...I believe you, and I'm positive that last night when I went out to take pictures, the grass was greener, and it definately was taller! TYSM for the good wishes, it is those that are the angel wings!

Blue.... sometimes I'm surprised anyone can make sense out of some of my prattling on and on! Clink! Tink! Get ready to rock and roll......

Eric....honest to goodness, had Hendrix on vinyl going Saturday night! How cool is that? Clink!

singleton said...

paddy....put your hands together, that's it "by and by Lord, by and by"......:)
peace~love~ever growing circles

mavin...:)We're turning what once was "gonna be a studio" into what became "boys club house in the backyard" that really was a "garden shed" into a "condo in the corner" for a friend that's very ill and has by circumstance, lost his home. It started out as a thought uttered out loud about 10 days ago....And it's turning into a dream you can walk through the door of!
Aviation technology, you go guy, my nephew Matt does that, and talk about job security.....perfect! Stay in school!

David...Thank you. And that goes for all!

eric313 said...

Midnight flights prompted the question about he song. Glad to know that the channel is wide open, the vibes flowing. I see what you meant by prophetic. Really it's just like minds with the same passions, only you're a lot better and smoother and wiser and all that. Generaly, I bet you are a damn sight more entertaining than me.

Rachelle said...

Is it terrible of me to say I'm relieved to hear the rest of the story? I thought it was sis again, and I just wanted to cry.
So, not to minimize the terror to your friend, but.....

You are a good lady, precious, precocious, and persistent.
I have faith- what needs to be done, will be done.
Good friend you are, I am proud to know you.
Slainte Mohr and ~clinks~ to those who will help you along the way~
Rachelle

eric313 said...

Blogger is sucking my will to live!

Now your page is loading super slow, too. We have to find these bastards and make them fix it!

Peace, love and how the hell do they expect me to keep my sanity?

eric313 said...

the prob is a mwyspace virus called
"d5d1". They fixed half of the problems, but there's whole streams of code for them to fix.

Great....

Hope everything is being good to you.
Talk to you soon.

singleton said...

rachelle....it is so cool how it is all coming together, of course, we expect snags, but looks like they are gonna be few and far between, nothing the clink! of our "there's no place like home" slipper and clink~ of our cheering bottles bottom up can't fix! I'll be around more when I'm not up to my neck in all this stuff. Hows that little baby doing? precious little puff!
peace~love~LOTR babycakes

Eric....Arrrrrggggh. I can't get your page to load at all, and I only got here by accident, it's been pitch black forever! Peace, baby, I'll see you soon, when they get the Penicillin out and fix this damn thing! It's driving me bats!
peace~love~

david mcmahon said...

G'day Eric 313 and Singleton,

You are not alone. Want to make yourselves feel better? See how long it's taking to load my site.

Same problem ....

Let's think constructive thoughts, though!

Cheers (and patience)

David

Scott from Oregon said...

Again, I will offer. 30 years of fixing houses and stuff...

Any questions, just ask.

I do so love a work party for a good cause...

singleton said...

david...this is crazy....What happend to Ma Belle..."reach out and touch someone"? I don't like it one bit! I don't have a house phone,or a TV, I only have this struck by lightening twice computer and a window..... cheers! and slipping out the window!

Scott....No kidding, they're driving me crazy suddenly! 10 chiefs and only two ditch diggers, me and Chey! Can you be here at 6:30 on Saturday? Gawd, I love them all, and they are passing the love, but hell, these boys cuss and they're pre-hungary (And I dont cook!) and pre-thirsty (I'm begging at the corner store) and they think we know the difference between begging for UFs and UVs and 20amps and 15 and 30s and "kobe base" and base boards, and all that insulation stuff! Justgivemepeace and a place for my friend to hang his cowboy hat, and I'll throw the best damn party you've ever been t, when we're done! So....could you come on Saturday?

eric313 said...

You're hilarious. Hope you got back in the window--windows still work, right? I don't even know...

I'm still here, never let the window close, actually. I opened your site on a new tab earlier when I got in through the keyhole like a genie of evening mist and left the line open, a tight rope between tenements a hundred feet above the alley and I'm walking it--an acrobat with a message:

Peace out, Blue Lady. Fly on through midnight's velvet scrim. Meet you there.

Hope they set the world back on it's axis by tomorrow.

I'd love to be an indian in your village of chiefs. I doubt Big Fat Floyd (my Olds Delta Ninety Eight) would make it. And as long as there's pb&banana sandwiches, I'm cool.

Every woman I get along with doesn't cook! It's hilarious and probably why i'm so skinny. :)

David
Thanks for the advice. I think I can get a post out, but it takes forever to load even that... I'll set a new tab to work at opening up your page, at least say hi and check out the reading.

Peace and good luck to everyone.

eric313 said...

You should name the house "gimmepeace"

Scott from Oregon said...

Oh, sweetie...
I'd so be there if it weren't for the miles...


I have a way with people that would get the thing done, too...

I love what you are doing and I will give you all I know...

singleton said...

eric....So glad this Blogger Bust is fixed, Techo glitches make me crazy, I just wanna sit down and bang on the keyboard and flip through the pages of our lives like I'm reading the best book ever, drinkin' a beer! Thank goodness for the Orange Juice cans on a string.....tethered between brick worlds! Peace~love~backagain

Scott...I had a feeling you had that way~ And this is all coming together beautifully, i just had a headache in my eye last night from all the "talking at the same time" in languages I don't understand. But alas, that's what pow-wows are for.....and lists.....An ever growing list~ Thank you so much for the support!

Anonymous said...

Gawd I miss you....
No one could ever imagine how lucky I am to have you & Kimbies as my sisters. The circle grows, but is never-ever broken...MWAH!
Am running late for work because I decided to go float in the lake for an hour after working around the house and yard for a couple hours this morning. Hahaha...priorities ... keepin' 'em straight!

SKINNY

eric313 said...

So which one of you is 'peace?

lol!
I was thinking there was four of you!

Now i'm embarrassed.

All of you are peace,
made of love
and the wild knowledge
of smiling eyes

Clink! Unbroken circles
roll on forever
no end
no beginning
they just are...

eric313 said...

meet me there!
clink!

singleton said...

skinny....if the whole world could make prioritize the same as you, it would be a helluva lot better place....peace~float~love

eric....
lazy circles
golden hoolahoops
chachingachingaching
standing now
in the late fiery florida sun
moving mountains of drifting sand
building a
castle
in
my mind
twitching
my nose
and watching it grow
peace~love

eric313 said...

Shit hit the fan bigtime tonight.

I'm moving. It's going to take some money for me to afford school and it's not going to get made around this area.

Talk to youmore, soon.

singleton said...

Eric...as slb has so often reminded me, sometimes out of chaos, peace is all that's left. I'm hopin'. And I'm thinkin' of ya. And I believe. In the end, peace wins....

soon, my friend....

david mcmahon said...

G'day Singleton, SLB and Eric,

Like I said, ``all things must pass'' and I'm very happy that Blogger sorted out the issue.

Whew! That was not a fun day. And my football team got belted last night.

MEANINGFUL LIFE QUESTION NUMBER ONE, Singleton - is it worse having your PC hit by lightning (twice) or worse to see your football team getting belted?

Hmmmmmmmm

Keep smiling

David

just me said...

A wonderful, marvelous thing that you do. Someone on another blog asked what is love. I should have pointed them here. Hope everything goes well. Sending beaucoup blessings your way!!

Angela Marie said...

Sounds like a party and some healing coming on! All with the help of angels~ You call, they come.

Good luck sweetie... sounds wonderful!

Oceanshaman said...

You put out positive energy and it will come right backatcha . . .

Sounds like that's exactly what you're doing, and exactly what's happening as a result . . .

Keep it up . . .

Namaste . . .

kimbies said...

sweet angels gathered today!!!!! Exhausted, heat, hardwork, cold beer, grilled chicken. They will meet again for church on sunday for another round!!!! How do you say thank you, two little words, eight letters does not seem enough, but from the heart it is everything! Great job everyone!!! For now rest my angels!!!! Beautiful such a gathering!!!

eric1313 said...

hey friend
thanks for the words.

Be cool, and have the best night possible, you deserve it.

the night is alive
and spinning in circles.

it flew away, a dragonfly
on a wing.

skinnylittleblonde said...

There is nothing that a band of seemingly old 'hippies' & young 'punks' can't do when united together in the circle of love.
An absolute win/win situation for all of the foot soldiers involved!
Let the Hippie Parade march on!

singleton said...

david.....As long as neither comes in streaks of three, I'm cool! peace~ first game in three weeks!

justme...TY so much, and if anyone ask me what love is, I would want them to peek for just one second into the world outside my backdoor yesterday, I am so amazed at how "feel the love" really feels!

angelamarie....I am so going to try and post pics, but they just won't do justice the sea of angels.....There was an army of ants here yesterday, everyone busy busy busy doing what they're good at, working in harmony, peace, love. Beautiful!

singleton said...

oceans.....rightbackatcha! Good tidings are contagious. I saw it on every face. Feel the love and it feels you! Thank you for the good vibes!

Kimbies....awakening to a movement, a parade through the picket gate.....Angels pullin' in as I type! Thank your precious hubby for everything, a day of sweat and smiles and muscles....And girl, your potatoe salad rocked!

eric....the poem on this page is gonna be grafittied on the wall somewhere inside this little house....Where it belongs, somewhere to hang a hat.....Peace, my beautiful friend....

slb....Yup, you summed up the brigade pretty good, a marvelously motley mixed crew, marching in peace! Beautiful, my sib, I so wish your eyes were to watch....(Of course you'd be out there shovelin' and haulin' and hammerin' and ummmmm, writing in the concrete with me!) ILYSVVM!

Scott from Oregon said...

cool!

singleton said...

scot...so very, very cool:) But still wish you were here....We've got dreamers, planners, and doers....a mighty cool parade!