For the last two weeks, my parents and I have been moving furniture and sweeping both floors and ceilings. Didn’t know you could sweep a ceiling, did you? Well, in my old farm house, you can.
This past weekend, I got to wipe DVD cases off with a rag soaked in hydrogen peroxide. I have a lot of DVDs. And I mean, a lot. Why am I wiping them down? I can answer that question in one word: stachybotrys.
In the past few years, my basement has started leaking when it rains really hard. In two separate places. One is a window well that fills up and then drains inside the house. The second is a ground vent that empties into the original cellar of the house.
The first time it happened, Dad and I came up with some redneck solutions to get it to stop until we could fix it properly. We managed to get the window well to stop, and then we hired some people to fix the other leak.
But the real damage had probably already been done. Stachybotrys is a black mold that grows in water-damaged structures, and as it turns out, the basement has got it now. It’s pretty pricey to treat it, but with my parents moving back out and my mom’s sensitivity to molds, it’s definitely worth fixing.
But to treat it properly, every surface has to be wiped down. Every surface. The mold treatment guys are going to do the walls and the ceilings and all the things that can’t move, but we have to do everything else. Every single surface that has been exposed.
That includes my ridiculous DVD/Blu-ray collection.
But it was good to go through them and get them organized. I know some folks prefer to have their movies digitally stored (like my brother), but there’s something really awesome to me about seeing the cases lined up on a shelf. It’s the same with books. I love my Kindle, but seeing all the physical copies of a series on a shelf is a beautiful thing.
I’ve got new releases.
I’ve got new releases that will become classics.
I’ve got really awful movies that make me smile.
Marvel and DC in equal numbers. Disney on one shelf. Anime on others.
The plotless. The horrendous special effects. The bad acting.
Black and white. A few comedies. And a few romantic ones thrown in for good measure, along with a heaping helping of Jane Austen.
I’ve got television series too because I hate waiting to watch a show live. I’d rather just wait until the series comes out. Then I buy it and marathon it. The only exceptions are 24 and Sherlock. I watch them live and then buy them and marathon them anyway.
This is another reason why we rented that gigantic dumpster because many things aren’t worth wiping down and it’s just easier to trash them and replace them. My movie/TV collection is worth wiping down.
Hopefully , our basement leak problem will be officially managed and the stachybotrys problem will be all solved. I hope so. Because I have other things I’ve got to spend my time on, like writing a romantic comedy!