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Newness is gone, but it’s still good

­­I recently found myself wondering what would happen if salmonella got in my eye.
But to really explain how that came about, we have to go back a bit.
As my wife and I have settled in to this community, we went through what could easily be categorized as a kind of “mover’s honeymoon.”
The people were great. The house was great. Everything was great, and we were giddy.

Mostly, things are still great. Mostly.

It’s just that some of the shine has worn off.

The similarities to small town life elsewhere were striking for us here — much of the same comfort was available, while at the same time, some of the same limitations presented themselves.

The apartment we moved into and now call home started off as a kind of paradise. The house we lived in before coming to Ennis some four months ago was a kind of long, drawn-out nightmare land. We burned through untold cash in high bills because it was almost completely not insulated, the company that managed the rental was lazy in repairs and maintenance and looked for excuses to use us, the renters, as a crutch to stand on financially toward the upkeep of the house. I paid for a lot more than was in the bargain, to put it bluntly. In short, when we left, we said “good riddance.”

Management here has been amazing with addressing in-the-unit apartment issues. A full-time maintenance man makes all the difference, I find. Louisiana just didn’t have that. And I lived in many rental places there. That kind of consideration is too costly, I’d gather.

The neighborhood is great — lots of families, lots of kids. My parents’ visit was marked with “oohs” and “aahs” at the general environment.

Not all is a bowl of cherries, though — we’ve got some new issues.

Our coin laundry has been driving my wife through the ceiling in recent weeks. We’ve burned quite a few quarters in these machines to no avail when they are out of order and unmarked. A wonderous frustration, to be sure, exists in the unmarked and out-of-order dryer.

The over-under washer and dryer connections at this place don’t exactly get the job done, either — you don’t want to end up buying something you can’t use as soon as you move.

Perhaps the most persistent trouble we’ve discovered has been the soft ground. We’re not talking about gardening here, either.
When we moved in and opened bank accounts, the banker who dealt with me lent me a piece of advice.

“Don’t buy a house in that area unless you’re prepared to work on the foundation,” he told me. “Because if it doesn’t have problems yet, it will.”

Our apartment shows he is right. We’ve had the front door rehung no less than three times in four months. The rest of the place seems sturdy enough, but I’ve quite nearly ripped my front door key in half trying to get it to turn in the lock some days.

People north of Ennis Avenue can probably identify with it. As you get out west of downtown and head into the “black soup” ground area of Ennis, the city’s water infrastructure is subjected to some serious complications. Every time it has rained significantly since we moved, the apartments we live in have lost water when a line shifted and broke on Yorkstown Drive.

There is evidence of a heck of a lot of pavement patching in the area, which speaks to the issue.

City management has explained that it’s just one of those things, and I can believe it. It makes me wonder how much water is lost through broken pipes, though, and whether there is a solution that has not presented itself yet. I am far from an expert, but would have to believe we aren’t the only area with soft ground that requires some engineering ingenuity to overcome the problem of broken water pipes.

Going jogging and coming home to the inability to shower is pretty frustrating — but not nearly as much as cutting chicken and not being able to wash your hands when your eye starts to itch.

Thus the salmonella. Never have I wondered if salmonella would grow in my eye before, but I did that day.

The luster is wearing away from the newness of our current digs in Ennis.

It’s still leaps above the prior accommodations, without question, and would easily be recommendable to a friend. That’s probably a good thing, actually. It’s better to be able to say “you know, there is a thing or two I’d change, but it’s still worth it.”

Nick Todaro is the editor of the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached at nick@ennisdailynews.com.

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