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Tin and Integrity.

Admittedly, I do like to take big bites.

The inherited items, which were part of the "As Is" condition on our purchase, ranged from knockout one-of-a-kind gems to rotted piecemeal furniture. Weeks of sorting through the rubbish allowed us to start to glean what the space would look like once it had been decluttered, and beautiful maple floors began to peak through the previously dense collectibles and trash strewn strategically through the main floor to hide buckling and blemishes.

We had two huge sale days, selling off many of the treasures that the Jubilee has clung to and cached over the decades. We kept some relics for ourselves, to better adorn the eventual upstairs apartments and to keep the memories and history of the space fresh in the eyes and hearts of our townsfolk.

I've had many neighbours stop in to say hello while I work through the mess, and to regale me with some of the eras that the block has hosted and seen. Its hard to reconcile the two visuals... That of the bumping restaurant that had crowded a hundred people on Friday nights during the peak season, to the derelict and near-forgotten strip of storefronts on Delta's main strip.

Spirits of that time, do you still reside?

Have you slipped on through the ether?

I don't mind a few ghosts.

After all, we are all relations.

The tin ceiling is breathtaking.

And rusted. Much of it is past the pale, ready for a scrap bin.

Some is salvageable.

I've begun peeling it down from those century old boards, the codes having come a long way since some old tin banger installed them so carefully those many years ago. It took me less than an hour to peel back the first fifth of the tin, and less than ten minutes into that, I had a brag-worthy gouge on my thumb from carelessness and enthusiasm. True to form. I'll live, don't fret, three cheers for tetanus shots. We would love to keep the tin, but its rust and the need for structural integrity, firecode drywall, and insulation take precedence over the whim of keeping it intact.

After much ado, we managed to get the framing down from the dropped ceilings.

We sorted it.

Listed it for sale on kijiji.

Eventually gave up and put it to scrap, not unlike the functional but erratic kitchen appliances still sheltered by the horrid overhang that is the addition in the back. There is likely close to 10K worth of stuff back there; dishwashers, freezers, coolers, baker's prep, ice machines, beer fridges, industrial size everything. But how does one sell such things? Online was a miss, and when we called the local Used Kitchen stores, they passed us off to disconnected numbers and out of date emails.

So, to the scrap yard you go!

Be gone Random Kitchen Crap!


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