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I am watching you down there!

     This is so “twisted”----as my kids would say. 

     I mean, how is it that I am able to look down on myself without feeling down on myself?

     It is said, that the essence of who we are----is:  that part of us that is able to observe ourselves, observing ourselves.  Kind of like our own internal, kinky, 24/7, mini-cam in our mind’s eye.  We usually only have fleeting moments of this ability, and one of the difficult things to understand about it is that as soon as you become aware of it, you are once again not behind the camera.  But, when you are “in that moment,” it is a truly fulfilling experience----not unlike looking at a sunset, smelling a baby’s head, or eating a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup when you are sick.

     So how is it that I am able to look down on myself without feeling down on myself?

 

     I trust that when I look in the mirror in the morning I will know the answer.

 

 

I see you down there!

     And why would anyone put mirrors on their Bathroom ceiling anyway?

 

Charles Buell

 

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Comment balloon 70 commentsCharles Buell • March 27 2009 03:27PM

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mirrors on the bathroom ceiling? Now I have seen the "most rediculous" thing someone put in their home. Wow. Thanks for the laugh on this Friday

Posted by Sandy McAlpine, Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC (RE/MAX EXECUTIVE) over 9 years ago

Charles, it helps illuminate the lighting in the room to better see themselfs. They really should have put them in the ceiling of the bedroom also. LOL

                                                              ~ Life is Good

 

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 9 years ago

Sandy---glad I could get you laughing:)

Roy---perhaps they never made it to the bedroom:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I guess its something to look at during those long rainy Seattle days.

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Charles , they must not have had enough to do the bedroom ceiling , but didn't want to waste the mirrors.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 9 years ago

there's nothing i appreciate more, than being able to get a new perspective on an old poop!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Dan---it rains here?

Steve----possibly---although with more they might have done the floor first.

Raven DeCroe

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

aww... c'mon... you're not OLD!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

We have had a report of a peeping Charles in your neighborhood. Please justify this photo.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nope---just Peter Pan with a cane:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Nutsy---remember how you peeped when I stepped on your tail that time?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles - Want to know something funny?  That photo actually made me feel a bit sick - you know that weird vertigo-esque spin feeling?

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) over 9 years ago

Matt, it is sort of a strange photo.  Don't often get to photo myself on the comode:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Matt, it is sort of a strange photo.  Don't often get to photo myself on the comode:)

And Charles we thank you very much for that.  Imagine the photo had they put mirrored tiles on the floor.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

I don't even want to think about why the mirror is on the ceiling in the bathroom - ouch I just did! ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

This is a serious matter. I have been told this was not a mirror but a glass floor ant that the lady in the shower above did not appreciate this photo-op to the degree that you did. Please justify this photo.

Investigator Nutsy

 

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Hi Charles . . . (my name Carla is the female version of yours, not that it matters, but FYI - it's a wild Friday on AR).

I have a Steve home inspector too!  He looks like you with his mask on underneath the houses, in the crawlspaces.  OH, the stories he tells  . . . the time he found the Racoon, or the dead whatever, the bees/hornets nests.  My Steve has done about 4,000 inspections in the local area!  Hard to believe, but he's been doing this over 15 years!  What a GIND (that's 'gem' and 'find").

You seem to be a GIND too!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 9 years ago

Hi Charles!

We all know that we have to look ourselves in the mirror, and whatever we see we have to live with. I am glad the reflection looking back at me has a smile on it's face. Thank you for the thought provoking post!

-Lisa

Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

You know, if somebody had the time, he could collect all of our odd and weird stories and publish them in a book. Wonder if the general public would believe it.

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 9 years ago

Oh my... What were they thinking.. Well... maybe..... Do we really want to know.

 

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Charles -- Perhaps the owners were in love with themselves and just couldn't look at themselves enough, no matter where they were!

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

Charles - Now there's a bathroom that would creep me out.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 9 years ago

I can't believe I sneak out of the office for a 5 hour inspection and come home to a feature-----too cool:)
Jack, you are so welcome---mirrors on the floor coming right up.
Rita, I really don't want to think about why they are there----they certainly were useful blog fodder though.
Nutsy, interesting hypothesis----leave it to a squirrely fellow like your boss to come up with this idea.
Hi Charlie Carla---I have been called a lot of things but never a GIND
:)
Lisa you are welcome---glad you enjoyed it.
Roland----probably not.
Suesan, it was indeed a strange one.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie -  "Objects  in the mirror are closer than they appear."

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 9 years ago

It makes you wonder but hey some folks call it conversational pieces and guess what it has all of us talking.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 9 years ago

First, let me say that I LOVE your little icon's with the messages popping up when I scroll over them.  TOO CUTE!  Second, who in the world would want to put mirrors on the bathroom ceiling?  Yuck!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 9 years ago

My grandma would have only answered, "Charles, you wax poetic." But this is me so I'll tell you why those mirrors are there.

The installer is on the look out for balding. kate

  • PS If you are still sitting there, you can check out the age of the house. kate ford

 

Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Carol---I object:)

Charles----seems so:)

Thanks Elizabeth---it is all fun----even the mirrors on the ceiling (but in the bathroom?)

Kate, that is a scary thought

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

This post contained TMI...Too Much Information!

Posted by Jim Albano, Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate (Prudential Damiano Realty ) over 9 years ago

Jim but it was so short:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

That picture is making me dizzy. :)

And somebody bought this house?

 

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 9 years ago

Charles, well maybe they simply wanted more light in the bathroom and it was a cheap fix to lighten a dark bathroom?  But then they were probably sorry once they saw the mirrored tiles installed but Oooops too late -- they're impossible to remove!

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) over 9 years ago

Charles, If nothing else it is disturbing. I have never seen mirrors in that location or care to...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) over 9 years ago

Mark, last I heard my buyer was likely to walk---the mirrors are the good part:)

Regina, well it did make the bathroom seem bigger but not as effective had they done the floor too:)

Paul---it was such good blog fodder though:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Hummmm -- it does get a persons mind speculating as to why a mirror would be in the bathroom ceiling.  Sooooo many possibilities to speculate on -- yet not wanting to delve too deep into!

If this was a home inspection for a sale I would love to know the buyers thoughts of this "artistic touch"!

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 9 years ago

Sue, we joked about it at the time----but I don't really know what they thought about it past being "unusual."

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I had a listing once with the ceiling in the bedroom lined with mirrors...that was interesting.

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 9 years ago

Charles, I could understand the bedroom ceiling, but the bathroom??? H-m-m-m-m-m

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Aside from strange sexual or scatological proclivities, I think Kate may have hit the nail on the head.  How else can the vain balding guy see to perfect his combover?

Posted by David Helm, Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp (Helm Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Stephanie, as a builder I installed mirrors over beds a couple of times:)

Michael----would you care to elaborate?----perhaps not:)

David, fortunately you and I wouldn't know-----perhaps Steve can enlighten us:)

Good thing there was no attic in this area-----one way mirrors come to mind.  I once had a client that wanted me to install one way mirrors between two bedrooms-----I declined:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Oh gads Charles, it wasn't scary at all. Now you've gone from waxing poetic to a scared little squirrel. Or are you that little black and white terrier, or the bloated frog or the odd cat... I can't keep up with the critters.

I also feel obligated to point out you have not been reading my blog. Otherwise you would have known why you could have checked out the age of the house while occupying the commode.

  • All for now, kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Mirrors in the bathroom.....OK...I have seen in the bedrooms, but NEVER in the bathroom

Posted by Bettina Settles, Your Indiana Connection over 9 years ago

Kate---bald isn't scary?:)  I do remember your toilet dating post (is that the same as a dating service?)  If you look closely at the picture you can see where the lid is in about 5 pieces and carefully balanced so they don't fall in the tank:)  Dating is sometimes a complicated business no matter what kind.

Bettina----people LOVE their mirrors in the bedroom:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mirror, mirror on the ..... wall ceiling .... who's the fairest of them ... what rhymes with ceiling?

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) over 9 years ago

Mirror, mirror on the ceiling----who's that whatching me standing here pee-ling?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mr Charles,

Aa the lead investigator, I need the address on this place ASAP.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, Please, I have never encouraged you to date your toilet. Sorry to have accused you of not reading my blog and for minimizing the fear of going bald. My apologies.

  • I'd like to point out the lid being cracked is rather vague in that picture. Feeling a bit defensive, kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Kate it is too much of pleasure to have you entertaining me here on my blog to be offended:)  Here is a better view of the toilet without me in the way.

Broken toilet lid

 

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Well that settles it. I would have never suggested you consult (note: NOT DATE) the toilet lid for the age of the house had the cracks been adequately disclosed as they now are. PERHAPS you were actually hiding something? Good of you to get out of the way.

  • I am feeling quite justified, kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Well to add consult to injury----I think was smart to keep a lid on it.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, I for one have a life and many pressing duties.  I am giving notice that I am finished monitoring your blog for today. You will just have to manage on your own and find another audience for your sorry puns. (...smart to keep a lid on it, geesh)

  • Signing off and you are officially on your own, kate ford
Posted by Kate Kate over 9 years ago

Come back to my monitor real soon:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

That's weird...I showed a property last weekend where the bedroom was a four poster bed and it had mirrored panels laid into the frame. I was showing property to a single man and it was an awkward moment.

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 9 years ago

Christianne, I can imagine that falling mirrors could put a damper on things:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Ha....interesting post today.

 

Portsmouth NH Real Estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

I've seen some odd things, but that is too funny!

Posted by Jessica Jones, Destin Sandestin 30-A Real Estate (Sandestin Real Estate) over 9 years ago

The bathroom can often be an area for reflection.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Patrica---thanks for stopping by

Jessica, yup----pretty odd:)

James----very good point:)  Great fun for your IR too.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Another feature!   Congrats!  And a little suggestion here.  I'm ready for you to do an Alan May and change the photo.  We'll see you in the "can" instead of in the crawlspace for awhile!  I'm beginning to have trouble breathing when I look at the crawlspace one!  : )

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Hey Barbara, how about this one with the view into the other bathroom:)

Bathroom with a view?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

congrats on the feature, it is good to see you getting the attention you deserve.  cw

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) over 9 years ago

All those cameras are pretty creepy! Maybe they have hidden  cameras too.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Cheryl, thanks----now everyone reading this should go and check out Cheryl's blog and the post about her son's college project.

Lizette, where would we be without mirrors-----but you have to be careful:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Believe it or not, I have seen that too!  Never took the self portrait however...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay, you know how it is----always looking for blog fodder:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I tried to read all the comments and your responses, but didn't get an answer to why there are mirrors on the ceiling of the bathroom, is it so the homeowner can look up and see his pee pee?

Posted by Sonny Kwan, 206-819-8228 (Quantum Group Commercial - Residential - Lease Seattle, WA ) over 9 years ago

Sonny----there may not be an answer----sorry:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mirrors, on the bathroom ceiling? Ugh, I am sure that's a home staging don't!

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 9 years ago

Jen, I can well imagine:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

bathroom ceiling mirrors and bedroom ceiling mirrors - do not go there!!!

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 9 years ago

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