about six weeks ago, i blogged about boscoe getting stuck in the basement. our ladder-like basement stairs are steep, and the treads are narrow--not even as wide as my foot is long.
it's almost like staircases in those tall skinny houses in amsterdam, where you have to haul the furniture up the outside of the building and pull it in through a window because the staircases are too narrow and steep to maneuver.
or so boscoe claims. that's his excuse for getting stuck down there. it's just like amsterdam, sweetie! he says. you might want to think about hauling me in through a window!
he has never liked the basement stairs, but he only started getting stuck down there a year ago. we had removed the carpeting while Jerry and Mike were doing some repairs, and without carpet, boscoe found the stairs too slick to climb. we replaced the carpeting, but he has stubbornly refused to try again. when he does go in the basement (usually he's fleeing a fly; he is terrified of flies), he just stays there. he sits at the bottom, very quietly, while we search the house for him. after we discover his whereabouts, we carry him, flailing (him, not us) back up to the kitchen.
since i was trying to lure jerry and mike here to fix the chimney pipe, i asked them if they could just consider about thinking about the possibilty of making new, wider basement steps. i figured one smallish job might not be worth their time, but the possibility of a bigger job might do the trick.
the next thing i know, they've gone to Home Depot and stocked up on one-inch-thick plywood, and mike has the circular saw going in the back yard and jerry is pounding away with one of those electric hammers, and riley and boscoe are skittishly roaming the house, terrified of the noise. (boscoe just tried to climb into my lap, the coward.)
so my question for you is this:
once jerry and mike are gone, and things have calmed down, will boscoe use the new stairs?
doug says no. jerry says no. mike says yes. i say yes. boscoe's not talking. riley is laughing up his sleeve.
what do you say? vote! and i'll let you know.