Day 150: School’s Out!

A bulldozer sits amid a pile of broken bricks  at the site of a former school, in Boise, Idaho, USA

A bulldozer sits amid a pile of broken bricks at the site of a former school, in Boise, Idaho, USA

Last week I drove by this site and there was a youth lacrosse team playing in the field, cars were parked in the parking lot and the building, a school, was standing. Last night, this is all that was left. America’s love affair with building and tearing down continues.

School’s out.“Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin’ all that noise
‘Cause they found new toys
Well we can’t salute ya can’t find a flag
If that don’t suit ya that’s a drag
School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces” —

School’s Out, Alice Cooper, 1972

 — in Boise, ID.

Day 149: Suburbia

Boise neighbor. After all day cleaning out the garage I was too tired to shoot so I took this picture out the bedroom window and then fell asleep for 11 hours.

Boise neighbor. After all day cleaning out the garage I was too tired to shoot so I took this picture out the bedroom window and then fell asleep for 11 hours.

I’ve spent the past three, full days performing the very suburban task of organizing and cleaning out the garage (mostly stuff Melinda Hoyt and I have stored here). This is the next door neighbor whose three young children enjoyed “helping” me by playing with the items scattered around the driveway. Today is the final push, to be followed by a garage sale, next weekend and then transferring (most) of the remaining items to the new place. Hannah and Mike won’t know what to do with all that space!

 

Day 148: Discovery!

Exploring the garage, finding hidden treasures.

Exploring the garage, finding hidden treasures.

Last year, March 2013, Hannah Sharp and Mike Sharp moved into a house on the Bench, in Boise, Idaho. At the time, Melinda Hoyt and I had just returned from 4 months in NYC and were in the process of moving (again) from a great 3-bedroom house up the street from Ravenna Third Place Books, to an 800 square foot apartment in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle; we took the contents of that 1600 (plus basement and garage) square foot house and packed them onto a truck, drove them to Boise and off-loaded them into the two-car garage at Hannah and Mike’s house.
For the past two days I have been sorting through the various boxes, about half of which are mislabeled (leftover from previous moves) to figure out what we can use in the our new Hyde Park cottage, what should remain in storage (i found Hannah’s original birth certificate and an ultrasound image of her, too) and what we’ll sell at a garage sale (single bed with two under bed drawers and mattress and a large, rectangular, pine dining table w/ 6 chairs –from Pier One, in Coeur d’Alene). Hopefully, after today, there will be enough room for at least one car in the garage. —

Day 127: Big Flag, Big Lawn, Big Bust.

Day 127-8605 Taking advantage of today’s sunshine and warm temperatures we decided to hike the trails above Boise with Hannah Sharp and Mike Sharp. Melinda Hoyt, who likes to keep things on schedule was hopeful that the hike would induce little Mia to enter the world. As of this writing we still wait.
It was, despite many visits to Boise, the first time I’d made it up into the hills outside the city; the views are spectacular! One view that I knew existed, but had never seen was the Simplot Mansion, otherwise known as Idaho’s White Elephant. It is reported to cost $100,000 annually to maintain the lawn (on top of the $58,000 annual housing stipend given to the governor–to live on his own ranch in Star, Idaho), oh, and it’s empty and unused. Did I mention that Idaho ranks 49th in per student spending?

Day Forty-seven: MIA

My daughter and granddaughter

My daughter and granddaughter

Another day in Boise; after a quick trip to Java in Hyde Park for confetti eggs and a drive past the State Capital Building for a quick picture–it’s my favorite building in Idaho– I spent the balance of time helping Hannah decorate Mia’s nursery.