I knew it would be bad, because during a recent rainstorm, I happen to glance out a mid-floor window and saw that nothing was going down the spouts. Blocked.
So, I climbed up a ladder that informs me I am over the maximum safe limit for weight it can handle - 200lbs - and I`m 220 or 215 depending on how happy I was the night before.. but my luck held out, as did the ladder.
Up, up and up I went - a not to thrilling sensation for someone who doesn't want to die - believe it or not - and yet hates heights... even though I don't mind being in an airplane... and I cleaned it out.
I wish I had gloves for the job, but I cleaned out all the detritus, including 10 roof tiles that had come away from the roof and had perched themselves into the eaves troughs. Ten. So, my luck isn't holding out.
That`s 10 prospective places where I can expect a leak. Will my luck hold out? Ha! You know that old saying? "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all."
I wasn't always unlucky. It seems to be a fairly recent trend, but back in Japan - I was either lucky or good, or perhaps a wee bit of both.
Hmm... perhaps one needs to make one's own luck... but gosh knows I've tried. Thing is... nowadays my luck needs to be spread out over three people, and not just upon myself.
In Japan, someone gave me a set of Japanese Luck God figurines. The Seven Gods of Fortune (七福神, Shichi Fukujin), but we just call them the seven Luck Gods.
The seven Luck Gods are often depicted on their ship, the Takarabune (宝船), or "Treasure Ship." The tradition holds that the seven gods will arrive in town on the New Year and distribute fantastic gifts to worthy people. Children often receive red envelopes emblazoned with the Takarabune which contain gifts of money around the New Year. The Takarabune and its passengers are often depicted in art in varied locations, from the walls of museums to cuddly caricatures.
- Hotei (布袋), the fat and happy god of abundance and good health;
- Jurōjin (寿老人), god of long life;
- Fukurokuju (福禄寿 - fuku = "happiness"; roku = "wealth"; and ju = "longevity"), god of happiness, wealth and longevity;
- Bishamonten (毘沙門天), or just Bishamon (毘沙門), god of warriors;
- Benzaiten (Benten-sama) (弁才天, 弁財天), goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music;
- Daikokuten (Daikoku) (大黒天), god of wealth, commerce and trade. Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired and represented as carvings or masks on the walls of small retail shops;
- Ebisu (恵比須, 恵比寿, 夷, 戎), god of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a sea bream.
|As you can see, I have my own Hotei... I just found him hiding in between some LEGO containers. Where's my money? Oh yeah... poor, but content. Where's my content? Read that as you will.|
|Fukurokuju - high forehead and all, but in this netsuke carving, he has a goat with him.|
|Now this is someone who is serious about their tattoo art! Benzaiten - just beautiful.|
|Daikokuten. Rats! There's no mice near him in this ukiyo-e print!|
|Ebisu - I wonder what he uses for bait?|
Anyhow... here's hoping that merely writing about the Seven Japanese Luck Gods earns me some luck. Lady Luck - come on down!
On the plus side, aside from being bit by some creepy crawling orange insect on my hand that was grasping the muck out of the eaves trough, causing my index finger to swell up a fair bit, I did not fall off the ladder or crash through the roof of my garage when I stood on it to clean off the dead branches that fell onto it from the 30-meter high dead tree beside it that I have to pay the city to take down... or, since I don't have the $3,000 they want, I have to hope I am lucky enough that it doesn't come crashing down onto the leaky roof... although... the insurance would then kick in and maybe take care of both issues.
That would be lucky, right? Riiii-iiiight.