Up On The Roof

Over the past few days, Marilyn has been participating in a photo challenge on her Serendipity blog… “Five Photos, Five Stories,” which she was asked to participate in by the first name in photo prompts, Cee’s Photography Blog.  I decided to give it a shot this week as an excuse to show off a few of my non-squirrel photos that might otherwise not end up on my blog.  The rules are simple…

1) Post a photo (or more!)  each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or nothing more than a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to you.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is supposed to be fun. It is not a command performance!

Don’t worry…. I’m not going to put the guilt trip on anyone by nominating them… you are perfectly free to latch on to this idea or not.

So for the first photo, here’s one I did show off on my blog back in the day…. but before many of you ever found me:

hardly working

You know, Hank! It doesn’t get any better than this!

I came home from work one hot July morning to find these roofers working sitting on top of the house of my neighbor three doors down.  It was about 7:15 AM, and even with the early summer sunrises, I found it hard to believe that these guys had already done enough physical labor to deserve a break.  The pounding of roofing nails would not have made my neighbors very happy at the buttcrack of dawn, so I figure they couldn’t have been up there very long before I rolled by…

This is maybe the only photo I have ever taken that I have given a firm title to…. “Hardly Working.”  You know how someone asks if you’re working hard or hardly working?  These roofers were definitely doing the latter…

And as it turns out…… the blood, sweat and tears they did eventually put into this summer project were all in vain….

Uh oh...

Uh oh…

That is the same house…. four months later on a Saturday morning… November 20, 2010 to be exact.  Being the un-nosy neighbor that I am, I never did hear what caused the fire… but I can report the lady who lives there did make it out safely… and within a couple months, had yet another new roof atop her castle.  Whether the Hardly Working crew was called out again to do the second job, I have no idea…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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12 Responses to Up On The Roof

  1. Glad the lady was safe… and that was the question what came up immediately while reading: did she hire the same roof sitters? Maybe we will find it out once when we listen to the squirrels in the trees :o)

  2. You think maybe the first crew lit a cigarette (or something), tossed it up there to burn down the roof to get another contract? I’ve been watching too many cop shows. I look for motive, opportunity … and intent. A) Motive: Money. We need a paying job. B) Opportunity: How hard is it to throw a lit something or other onto the roof. C) (see A) Getting some money, of course. KISS 🙂 Thanks for joining.

  3. draliman says:

    I feel bad for laughing (but the lady escaped and now has a new roof so it’s okay).
    Until I read “four months later” I assumed one of the Hardly Working crew had left a cigarette up there.

  4. JackieP says:

    I’ve had a couple of roofs put on various houses I’ve lived in and the roofing crew always showed up at the crack of dawn. They got set up and as early as 7am they were nailing those roof tiles on. Talk about noisy! So, yes they do usually get there that early. As for the fire, her bad luck I suppose as it being 4 months down the road I kind of doubt the roofers were at fault. 😉

  5. gentlestitches says:

    HaHa! Fair Dinkum we are getting a new roof as I read this. Must be a variation on your theme. suprise! They under ordered the sheets! no worries, coupla days! 😦

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