North County Water & Sports Therapy Center November 2019


(858) 675-1133 |

15373 Innovation Dr. #175 | San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 675-1133 12171 World Trade Dr. | San Diego, CA 92128


I never expected to be psyched to find out The Home Depot rents tile saws. But there I was, one afternoon, feeling elated at the prospect of driving home with a somewhat-heavy-duty piece of equipment. I can even remember the distinct satisfaction I felt getting it home and thinking that my tile didn’t stand a chance. It was one of those moments when you ask yourself, in your best David Byrne voice, “Well, how did I get here?” Some people are fascinated with the idea of moving constantly or upgrading their home on a seasonal basis. The eternal popularity of HGTV is proof of this phenomenon. While it makes perfect sense that people would want to learn how to beautify their homes, it’s just not a natural fascination of mine. I don’t subscribe to interior design magazines or spend my free time scouring Pinterest for inspiration. Despite the lack of natural affinity for home improvement, I’ve ended up tackling a number of projects throughout the years. There are a few reasons why remodeling parts of our home has become a pretty regular activity. First and foremost, we live in an older house. It’s been James’ home since before I met him, so it’s nobody’s idea of totally up to date. Turns out, when you’re in the same place for over two decades, that place starts to get a little run down.

Doors get squeaky, appliances become outdated, and so on. Necessity, the old saying goes, is the mother of invention — but it’s also got to be the aunt of renovation. James and I were both raised with an attitude of trying to figure it out. If you pop a tire, you put on the spare. When the sink gets leaky, you fiddle with the pipes. That’s not to say there aren’t times when you should realize you’re out of your depth and need help, but you can probably do it yourself in a lot more instances than you might realize. sorts of skills that catch you by surprise. He’s the type of guy who knows how to get a cork out of a bottle of wine with no tools. One skill he doesn’t have, though, is the ability to tile. Somehow, that became my specialty. With the help of a few YouTube tutorials, I’d like to think I’ve gotten pretty good at it. However, that adeptness hasn’t come without frustration. I’ve let out plenty of curses as I tried to tame the tile saw, and I still don’t really love the process of remodeling. But the feeling you get when completing a tough project is something I’ve come to really appreciate. James is exceptionally handy. He’s a woodworker, he taught himself how to weld, and he has all

Thanksgiving, of course, is a holiday associated with our homes. For James and I, our home’s various improvements serve as a sort of timeline of our relationship. When we look back on 2019 years down the road, I hope our memories will shine like porcelain.

–Beth Scalone

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