The Dark Underbelly of Home Ownership

Although I was hesitant to post a photo of my creepy basement, enough people wanted to see it that I figured I should go ahead and post the image.

I don’t suppose it’s really all that creepy, just . . . old. The little room off to the left is the old coal bin back when coal used to be the most up-to-date heating system. What doesn’t show in this photo is the crawl space that surrounds this dug out part of the basement. The walls are only about shoulder height — the rest is a wasteland of dirt, junk, cables and conduits.

It seems the perfect setting for a murder mystery, or rather it did until I realized how trite the setting would be.

One day, though, when the  contractor has time to redo the floors and walls, I have no idea what (or who) we might find buried behind those cracking walls.

And so the adventure continues . . .


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

6 Responses to “The Dark Underbelly of Home Ownership”

  1. Coco Ihle Says:

    Wow, Pat, looks like a perfect space for storage! And it looks dry! One thing I’ve learned as a homeowner is one never has enough storage space. Your home is too new to you for you to realize this yet, but you’ll see, I think, as you start to collect stuff. Have fun.And if you prefer to think of it as creepy, that’s okay. :-).

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      It is dry, though there is water damage from a flood in the 1990s. It’s mostly just filthy. If I crime were committed down there, I’m sure the cops would find fingerprints and fabric bits from the first owners. Cleaned up, it will be great for storage, but my plan is to gradually clear out my stuff, not add more. (I can hear your laugh all the way from Florida!)

  2. rami ungar the writer Says:

    It’s so cool! I want to set a story there!

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