Finally. After putting in the door itself, the contractor came out three more times attempting to install the handle. It took one day to cut out the wall and put the door in. Another day to finish off the patching and paint. The little old handle? Well...that took a few weeks more. We drove out to Vernon and Santa Fe Springs. Wrong size handle, missing piece, wrong length screw...twice. Anyway. It's in and we feel safer.
See the lush green? The regular rain has given us our own personal meadow. The lawn of weeds is actually quite pretty, if a little wild.