with the exception of the shower hardware snafu, I am pretty happy with what was done when my parents came back. I would post a picture of mom sitting in here “elderly” enhanced shower seat, but she would probably send dad out to get his gun and give me the fate of the overabundance of squirrels and chipmunks that decide to eat her flowers and vegetables. all I know is I must have been hungry, as I ate 4 cheeseburgers and then I slept like a rock from 9 pm till 6 am today.
today, I go back to the shower supply store and we have a pow wow and the mystery of divertor valves and the difference between a nick shower and one that is kick ass with form and function, but does not cost a fortune (yes folks, you can have both if you do the labor yourself)
I did some google searches last night and found everything I wanted online…let’s see if they can get it. in hindsight, I didn’t do any searching on this subject…then again, I still don’t know how everything to so screwed up with mom? all I know is from here on out, it should be somewhat normal. mom and dad can use the sink and crap all they want. it is just the pesky shower that will have to wait a few days.
never did I think I would take my parents to the gym with me. heck, it wasn’t till dad had his heart attack and surgery that he started religiously going to rehab and his gym.
what I have noodled and will stick in these notes is the loftwerks model. as I was building away and designing this shower to work for the different functions for male and female, and more in respect to aging and handicapped. it really was interesting to see how the designers probably work more from a male slanted skew and the design solutions made little sense with the effect of how the various showers and wands were packaged. “wouldn’t it make more sense to invert the packages?”
it is like the time I was in the ICU when my dad was sick, I thought the technology was cool for the infusion and drug machines, but I looked at the various room designs and asked a few questions about light, temperature of patient, etc., and was met with, “that is a good idea, I don’t know why we don’t do that, it would work.”
I digress. it is like yesterday, there is the question of “what do you want?” in design, and then, “what do you need?” I think many people simply look at something and go, “oh pretty” and simply acquire or buy it and then wonder why it doesn't really work as well as it could for their lives when they take it home. with mom and dad, I was imagining myself as a 90-year-old arthritic woman and a taller elderly man who has his physical faculties, but his mental acuity will probably decrease as he ages. my primary work is getting the best of all for both of them and then make it so nice that anyone that wants to buy the place upon the day they are gone will go, “nice design…I can use this space to raise my family in too.”
then again, that's how I think and I am ok with bashing an idea out from any direction to get the best design. I mean I was so peeved yesterday that I was going to go to the local make space and fabricate a diverter valve (why are they used so little in this area?) to make the design happen.
now I am rambling about mindless stuff…more coffee. all I know is it is odd to watch mom and dad slow down a bit. they have lived a decent life and I think they were in a generation that really was part of a book tom broke wrote about the, “greatest generation.” it was a time after the war where the country came together and prospered and had a decent quality of life for many. it wasn’t all ego and shiny objects, it was still people caring for people at a deeper level than I see today.
all this work has me going through the loftwerks sketch’s and having me go, “why not build this? there is a good market for it for people who don’t want lots of shiny objects that like a decent quality of functional tools to live in.
as for working around the clock like we did on the road…It is nice to know I can still do it.