worked at alumni house
today then left for the emerald bowl. didn't stop at the house on my way
to sf so was woefully unprepared for the rain that came. brought garbage
bag from work and thankfully luke had a poncho so i ended up not soaked.
cal/usc 2007 was worse as it was raining literally the entire game. we
were basically watching that game in a swimming pool with our clothes on.
usc didn't play a great
game and neither did bc, but usc came out on top. barkley continues to
confound me with some of the decisions he makes, but then he'll have a
great pass that will give you some hope. they really need to learn to manage
him. get him rolling out more and doing more play action. the run to pass
ratio should also be more tilted toward the run. usc was without their
#2 receiver and #1 running back which certainly didn't help their offense,
but i still didn't think they executed that well. maybe they'll get back
on track next year. losing key players as usual (mays, williams, mccoy,
griffen, thomas, johnson (wonder if he'll play football again), havili,
and i think gable and some others), but not as many as last year which
was really a mass exodus that mostly explains this year's results. next
year will be interesting. mcknight will have to have a big year because
the wr and te positions will be thin.
working again tomorrow.
first year that i've ever had paid days off for the winter break and i
haven't really gotten to enjoy it because of this stupid tiling project.
when i worked at tower i had paid vacation, but we couldn't take time off
during the xmas shopping season.
didn't do much for xmas.
we cooked breakfast and stayed home and watched movies. meryl watched 4
and i watched 6. ordered chinese food and had it delivered. first time
that i've been healthy and haven't done any work on the house or for someone
else in over a year. nice to have a relaxing day once in a while.
updated the pics page.
there's a move on there that's actually from a while back. there are a
lot of comments of the pictures now to provide context and tell you what
you're looking at. we've inserted comments back as far as a few months
ago and will work on adding more to the older ones in the coming weeks.
it's too bad that that
"the great compromiser" is already taken by henry clay because obama is
certainly living up to the moniker. the health care reform bill is as good
as sign of that as anything. there's part of me that says any step is a
good step, but a bigger part of me wonders why so much compromise and time
went into a bill that doesn't do a whole heck of a lot. here's a list of
the things that i think it does (though it's difficult to tell since there
have been so many permutations and there are likely to be more in the reconciliation
phase): if you're uninsured you have to buy insurance or you'll get a $750
fee, in exchange for 30 million more customers the insurance companies
can't pull their lifetime ban or pre-existing condition b.s. anymore, they
also have to set lifetime limits on the amount a person can pay out of
pocket and they have to let people stay on their parents' plan until age
26. it also takes 4 years to take effect.
it's not a very impressive
bill from what i can tell and it's absurdly long and filled with the usual
pork barrel politics. it shows why congress is so hated and why the dems
are a pathetic party. as far as i can tell the bill is a pile of insurance
company stimulus b.s. with a few obvious concessions for the rest of us.
if we were run by moral people who didn't have their own selfish agendas
all the good stuff that this bill has (pre-existing conditions and lifetime
limits being the only two of real consequence in my opinion) would have
taken a week or two to be made into a simple and quick-acting law. instead
we get what we got which for people like me circa two months ago is just
another fee and headache that will do more to pad the pockets of aetna
than keep me healthy.
what would i like to see?
single payer. what would i reasonably like to see? end the preexisting
condition b.s., lifetime cap on payments, public option, set up an incentive
structure that stresses prevention as well as cost awareness. 95% of fully
insured people have no idea what it costs to get an allergy test or an
xray or name brand meds over generics. this raises the costs.
one of the biggest things
i have against it is the principle that just for existing you have to pay
insurance to a corporation or $750 to uncle sam. at least with the car
insurance mandate you can opt to not drive. it just doesn't seem ethical
to require people to do that. now there is likely to be some sort of subsidy
and the red tape that goes with it if you don't have enough money, but
i'm getting to the point where the more i deal with large companies or
government institutions, the less i want to do it. it's not something that
is specific to government as the right wingers would have you believe (they
think corporations are so much more efficient when that isn't necessarily
true). i'm just tired of paperwork and having to talk to 12 different people
to get a straight answer about things.
the whole system is a goddamn
mess i'd like to see it all blown up if you want my honest opinion. the
changes we need to enact to get things to truly make sense and work for
the people are impossible so i guess that given this reality this fucked
up bill makes perfect sense. if i were in congress, though, i can't say
that i'd vote for it. perhaps my biggest motivation to vote for it would
be to stick it to the republicans who, if the bill fails, will be in power
another 8-12 years. that's not exactly a good motive though. it's kinda
like voting for kerry even though you know he's not who you'd like to see
roof is coming along. they
have plenty of stucco patches to do so hopefully they get those done tomorrow.
they'll need to use rapid set if they plan on getting it done right. hopefully
they don't do just a single coat. i think they got most of the turret
done today so that's good.
bought a paint sprayer
off luke a couple weeks ago and had planned on using it this weekend for
painting the AH bathrooms, but it's not working. sounds like the motor
is fried, but can't be sure since the motor is enclosed. opened up the
pump part and everything seems to work fine. took the main crank off and
tried the motor under no load and it still didn't budge so it's almost
definitely the motor at this point. wish i knew more about motors. i know
it's a dc motor. i know the fuse is intact. i know roughly how a motor
works, but that's about it. can't access the brushes and don't have replacement
parts even if i could. nearest service center is in utah which seems absurd.
might call around tomorrow to see what my options are.
working on the newest upload
of pics. trying to add comments to pictures, but that's time consuming.
went to a co-worker's house
today to install a garbage disposal. with travel and trips to home depot
it took 6 hours. total waste of my time, i don't want to do anymore handyman
shit for people after today.
got a little painting done
in the art room, still need to paint the windows, then it'll be done.
luke came by yesterday
and helped meryl and me build the fence. with his help we were able to
get the majority of it done. we still need to attach the lattice on the
top, but we can do that from our side so we don't need to bother her anymore.
plus, the dog can't get through so it does the trick.
rained a bit today and
may rain tomorrow as well. roof is mostly done, though the turret and ridge
vents haven't been installed. also need to finish the downspouts and patch
the stucco. another two days and they should be done. they have plastic
up in the areas that aren't done so i'm not worried about leaks.
thanks to the garbage disposal
b.s. i wasn't around to help meryl clean the house. would have been nice
to get more of that done.
had looked forward to time
off during the xmas break, but that's not going to be the case because
it makes more sense for me to paint the bathrooms at the alumni house before
the new tile has been installed than after and have to worry about all
the cut-ins around the toilet dividers and everything else. going to have
sarah help me and just charge her hours to the alumni house and pay her
cash. it should come out even for me after taxes. hopefully we can knock
that out in two days; we'll see.
brittany murphy died today.
that's a huge surprise because i never pegged her as the type to take crack
and cocaine and prescription drugs all day long in an apparent attempt
to destroy her heart. weird. sometimes you just can't tell. must have been
some weird disease because an otherwise healthy looking/acting person wouldn't
die at age 32. may her memory live on forever.
roofers here again today.
it's a crew of about 7 guys and they're real pros. there doesn't need to
be much communication amongst each guy, they all know their tasks and do
it without direction. most of the communication is guys telling each other
where they are or that they need help bringing stuff up the ladder or whatnot.
the desk jockey came by today to talk about the dry rot costing more and
our choice of roofing and gutters. he also tried to talk me out of putting
plywood on the roof because the existing 1x sheathing was strong. i said
no way, put the plywood up there as planned. it'll add some structural
integrity as well as a nice smooth surface for the felt and shingles. i
have a time lapse video going so hopefully that turns out well. we'll see.
i finished trimming the
cd case so that it would fit into the empty wall in the laundry room. took
a couple hours, but it's trimmed and reassembled and all the cds are in
there so everything is fine now.
worked on the window trim
in the art room. kicked up a shitload of plaster dust which wafted into
every room in the house. stupidly i didn't put plastic up in the doorway
until i was most of the way through and noticed that i couldn't see more
than 8' in front of me because the dust was so thick. no exaggeration.
sunday will now be entirely dedicated to cleanup. cleaning the attic of
all the roof related debris and cleaning the house of all the plaster dust.
office holiday party today.
fake casino setup, got third place mostly from working the blackjack table.
thinking i should parlay my luck and try it out at reno. not really.
roofers came today and
took off all of the old roofing. make a hell of a mess in the attic; more
than expected. will be up there most of sunday vacuuming it up. hopefully
installing the fence on saturday.
will be at alumni house
the two days after christmas painting the bathrooms. would be great if
i could get it all done in that time, but will probably need a third day.
if fence, roof, and gutters
are done by end of monday that would be great news. sure i've said it before,
but we haven't been able to even touch most of that side of the house yet
and we've lived here almost a year. not having to worry about leaks would
also be a bonus.
pixies are overrated.
would like to be done with
the art room trim and paint tomorrow.
i love days when someone
else is working on the house because it feels like i'm getting twice as
much done. i'm working on my project and they're doing theirs, it's beautiful
making that kind of progress.
roofers supposed to start
work tomorrow. we'll see. weather forecast has been pathetically inaccurate
lately. they're about 90% accurate in the summer when a monkey could point
to the sun, but when the weather actually changes they're worthless. and
i'm not talking about the 10 day extended forecast. i'm talking next day
forecasts being completely wrong. i think the "red sky at night" rhyme
is a better indicator than the doppler radar b.s.
hope to get the fence in
on saturday. luke may come by to help.
itunes lost all my ratings
info. rate over 1000 songs and that's all gone. what a shitty shitty program.
so limited and weak, the opposite of media monkey or winamp in its heyday.
today not much has gone
having trouble getting
itunes to load all the old song ratings and shit. what a shitty program.
winamp is also officially crap on vista. tried the older version and it
sucks, downloaded new one and it's worse. no one makes good programs anymore.
winamp was one of the best programs of all-time until aol bought out justin
frankel and co. fucked.
some heisman stats i compiled:
gerhart: 1736 rush
yds, 26tds. 149 rec, 0tds
ingram: 1542 rush yds,
15tds. 322 rec, 3tds
times held under 100
gerhart - 1, ingram
times over 200 total
gerhart - 3, ingram
0tds in a game:
gerhart - 1, ingram
vs. lsu ingram had 144
yds, 0td on 22 carries
vs. lsu washington's
polk had 90 yds, 0td on 21 carries
vs. tenn ingram had
99 yds, 0td
is ingram better than average?
yes. he's about as good as the freshman lamichael james from oregon:
vs. tenn ucla's franklin
had 80 yds, 0td
games under 100 total
yards for james: 3 (4 for ingram)
games 200+ yds for
james: 1 (1 for ingram)
times with 0 tds for
james 4 (3 for ingram), though james wasn't the #1 running back for oregon
in the first game of the season
totals for james: 1476
rush, 14 tds, 6.9 yds/carry (ingram - 1542, 15tds, 6.2 yds/carry)
pac-10 vs. sec 11-8
is ingram the best back
in the nation? i think not. gerhart has better overall numbers and was
less likely to disappear in a game. i don't think much of the sec is better
as a conference argument as you well know if you read this page. gerhart
is the clear winner if you ask me as the only two areas he's lacking statistically
are in the yards per carry and receiving categories. though it should be
noted that he had one passing td which i didn't account for above, so he
actually had 27 tds instead of 26.
going to the emerald bowl
this year to see usc/bc. should be fun. hopefully it's not freezing.
a while back i noticed
that the jack in the box 16oz shake had about 750cal and that the 24oz
shake had about 1450 cal. i'm not a math wiz, but this stood out to me
as not making sense. the whipped cream serving in each is the same so there
was no explanation for the fact that 50% more shake left you with almost
100% more calories. so i called them up the other day and they agreed that
there was a mistake. the customer service lady looked at another chart
and saw that the numbers should be more like 800 and 1200 and said she'd
pass the info onto her supervisor. it'll be interesting to see how long
it takes for the change to take place on the website.
i don't know that i have
any interest in watching the national championship game. best case scenario
the earth splits in open and both teams fall into the chasm and burn. other
than that i don't foresee it being very entertaining. kidding.
usc/ucla vs. sec 8-0
work on the house has been
slow lately. didn't do anything but clean up today. helped a friend move
and did research on how we're going to build the fence also. originally
had planned on buying prefab fencing sections that would be easy to install.
the bulk of the work would be in digging the post holes and getting them
set in concrete nice and plumb and in line with the 2-3 sections that have
already been installed. but i went to buy the sections today and economy
lumber doesn't carry that same type anymore. they have the same crap that
home depot has which is similar to the fence we have now, but a little
different. so now it's looking like we have three options: buy the prefab
as anticipated, but it won't match at all; tear out the existing section
and install a whole new fence of whatever type we like; or, hand build
the remaining section to look like the old. that will mean ripping down
lattice sheets into 91/4" strips, dadoing 2x4s to accept the 1x8 redwood
slats, and assembling all this custom stuff as we go. the only advantage
to that is that we could put in the posts and cut the sections to match
the gap, rather than having to make sure the posts were perfectly spaced
to accept the fencing. i think we're going to make the fence because it'll
look the best and we won't have to tear out the perfectly fine sections
of existing fence. it'll cost about the same, but take plenty longer. blah.
it's currently 45 degrees
inside. when we wake up it's usually about 42. one day we'll have heat.
last night we used the space heater for the first time and that helped
keep the bedroom at a reasonable temperature.
roofers had planned on
starting monday, but the rain scared them away. turns out that it didn't
rain at all for the first three days this week so maybe they should have
started after all. rain is forecast for this weekend and next week and
the week after that is xmas so i'm thinking we won't get any roofing on
until around the new year.
cal and usc both lost their
last game. pretty pathetic. usc had a really down year and a blame most
of it on the coaching changes and exodus of nfl talent. speaking of which,
there are three starting rookie linebackers in the nfl and all three were
on usc last year. so, that's at least somewhat of a good excuse for this
year. however, i blame a lot of it on barkley or the qb position in general.
corp lost the washington game for us and barkley didn't do much as the
year progressed. he really lacked any kind of progress after the osu game,
he was either flat or negative when it came to progress and that's a shame
to see. the final play of the regular season is a perfect illustration:
it was the final play of the game, time had run out, there weren't any
timeouts and usc needed a td from like 70 yards away. he felt pressure
and moved a bit, but started to get dragged down. he stayed up and considered
throwing the ball only to wait another second. then another defender grabbed
him and started bringing him down. instead of throwing the ball away or
up in the air for grabs he just went down. there's no excuse to not throw
the ball up. the worst case scenario is that it gets intercepted for a
td in which case the score is different, but the outcome is the same. honestly,
i wonder where these guys learn the game sometimes because these very fundamental
things escape them. bibby leaving brent barry open for a three in the corner
also comes to mind. mental breakdowns in key situations. anyway, maybe
next year we'll make some progress. could probably use a new qb coach.
have 32 movies to watch
this month to finish the year at 300. meryl made a countdown sheet. she's
a (helpful) dork.
overall happy with the
computer. hardware makers have made great strides since i first got into
computers. sata cables, plug and play, usb, no tool cases, etc. however,
software developers haven't made as much progress. case in point all the
reductions in functionality that vista has when compared to xp. itunes
vs. old winamp. excel 2007 and lack of support for html which was present
in 2003. in that last case they literally moved backwards. devolution.
great job idiots. i don't understand why programmers can't just make minor
improvements instead of trying to reinvent the wheel every couple years.
fucking microsoft. so if you have excel 2003 lemme have it.
a lot of the obama speech
to justify the extra 30k troops sounded, frankly, like bush 2.0. it was
the same policy as bush (though in a different country), but with the changes
that time and criticism provide. that is, he was selling the same bag of
goods, he just learned from bush that he needed to sell it differently.
so that's the cynical view. another view would be that he really thinks
the war should have always been in afghanistan and that fighting an entire
nation abroad is going to keep us safer than spending that same money and
effort locally. or that getting out of the region entirely wouldn't be
a better course. the justification i most would have been most inclined
to buy was one he didn't mention: morally we can't just pick up and leave
after 8 years of unfocused war and devastation of the area.
i think that when you vote
for the most important person in the world you should do so with all segments
of the country/world in mind. so, how would the world fare if mccain were
president, how about ron paul, or ralph nader? how would you fare as a
rich man, poor man, person of color, child, illegal immigrant, soldier,
etc. under the administrations of the candidates? i also think that you
should be willing to go to war for the causes you believe in. that happens
to be one reason why i don't believe in war unless it's absolutely necessary.
it's hypocritical to vote for obama and then say that you wouldn't want
to go to afghanistan to fight the war he wants to escalate. the chicken
hawks like cheney were called out on this very point so, too, should the
liberals who voted for obama. maybe if this were required we wouldn't be
so quick to vote for people who believe in the death penalty or unnecessary
all that said, there is
a place in my mind for incrementalism. the belief that change like the
kind i'm talking about can't happen over night. we have to continually
choose the lesser of two evils until we finally get our ideal. on the one
hand it makes sense, on the other hand i don't believe that history is
linear in its progression. we take one step forward and two steps back.
two steps forward and one step back. it's not always going to be a half
step forward until we have world peace and equality of opportunity.
mostly i think the thing
that limits us is our ability to see through the bullshit and really believe
in change. it's such a cynical thing to convey someone like obama as hope
and change when he's just a couple degrees different from 95% of the other
"serious" candidates we've had since i've been alive. he's a better talker
and he looks different, but he believes the same things as clinton and
kerry and many other dems. he basically rules from the center, tries to
build coalitions and is willing to compromise. compared to bush, the willingness
to compromise is nice, but the two biggest compromises i'm looking at right
now are: 30k more troops in the mideast instead of 40k (with no real international
coalition in the southern part of afghanistan where the shit is really
happening), and the possibility of mandatory expenditures for those without
healthcare which will go into effect in 2013, doesn't cover 100% of the
country, and may not have a public option.
the zen master in me says
let's just wait and see.
everything is up and running
on the new computer except office, which i don't have yet. still looking.
went to meryl's family
non-xmas celebration. we went to golden gate fields and lost money betting
on the horses. actually, her mom made money, but everyone else lost. fun
first update on new computer.
no time to write. vista is so-so. computer is much faster. yay.
obama's speech tonight
will be a defining moment. either the surge in afghanistan will go well
like it seems to have gone in iraq and he'll be great or it won't and he'll
be a hypocritical war-monger. or maybe something in between. we'll see
how he justifies it all and how it pans out.
usc didn't look great today,
but they got a win. it was notable, though, because of the ending. usc
was up by 14 with the ball and about a minute to go. they went into the
victory formation and kneeled the ball. rick neuheisel called a timeout
(ucla had all three remaining) in an apparent signal that he didn't feel
the game was over. the coach inside my head was confused - was he trying
to coach the game to the bitter end? was he trying to teach his players
a lesson? it just doesn't make much sense at that point to extend the game,
but it's his prerogative. so, i thought what i'd do and the obvious answer
was to try to get a first down because two consecutive runs up the gut
(the traditional approach to kill the clock) would likely end in a punt
and giving ucla the ball back with about 40 seconds left. sure, they wouldn't
really have a chance of winning the game, but you'd rather just go for
the first down and end the game right then and there. sure enough, pete
carrol went for a play action and it ended up in a touchdown. then the
idiot announcers compared this to the maneuver that harbaugh used against
usc. it amazes me that otherwise intelligent people, when put in media
positions are unable to decipher the differences in situations. rather,
they go for the most sensational interpretation - in this case that pete
is a hypocrite and that the two cases were the same. in this case the leading
team was going to end the game with a kneel down, but the losing team's
coach wanted to continue to the bitter end. the winning team took a shot
down field and it ended in a touchdown. in the harbaugh case the winning
team tried to further humiliate the losing team by going for a completely
unnecessary 2 point conversion after the game was clearly already decided.
if you can't tell the difference then stop watching football.
bought new computer. this
is consistently slow and crashes more frequently these days. it's about
7 years old, though, so it's done well for me. new one arrives this week.
finally uploaded some more
pictures. this time they have captions at the bottom (or in the middle
if you hover over the thumbnail) which provide context.
going to aunt's for thanksgiving.
art room ceiling is almost
done. meryl's job is to work on the walls.
next project will be getting
the kitchen pantry up and running which would be useful.
also hope to get the fence
built next weekend, but have yet to talk with the neighbor about that so
we'll see how that goes.
have five days off in a
row, that's nice.
stucco guys are here and
should start working shortly. might actually finish today which would be
good since it would mean we'd be weathertight quicker and wouldn't have
to worry about them not showing up later. luckily diana was able to translate
for me, couldn't have made it work without her.
going to try to get little
stuff done around the house today. hopefully watch a movie as well. if
i'm going to make it to 300 this year i'm going to have to kick it into
high gear for the next 6 weeks. we'll see how that goes.
officially done with the
wiring in the art room. will wire ceiling fan when ceiling repair is done.
finally got a light in the bedroom so that's exciting. also, there was
one outlet in the bedroom that was left unwired, though the outlet was
there, and i hooked that up. in bedrooms code requires a stupid afci breaker
which is more expensive, takes up a full slot in the panel, and trips with
certain tools (especially older ones). it's supposed to prevent fires,
but i think it's obnoxious. anyway, all that stuff needs to be on an afci.
the outlets are now and the lights will be later when i replace the circuit
that currently feeds the water heater. at this point i've wired all but
two lights in and around the house. i've also wired about half the outlets
and a few of the ones i didn't wire are newly wired so i won't touch them
anyway. wiring is more fun than any of the other trades i've encountered.
i think i'd also like working with concrete as a mason, but that's got
a lot of heavy lifting and probably doesn't pay as much. next i need to
learn more about wiring the house for cable and cat5.
supposed to rain tomorrow
which sucks. need to get the damn stucco guys in, but haven't been able
to get a straight answer from them. will have my friend talk to them tomorrow,
she's from mexico so hopefully she can sort it all out.
would like to get a lot
of little things done this weekend just because there have been a lot of
little loose ends that have been bugging me. hopefully get a coat of compound
on the artroom ceiling and then go under the house to strap some of the
plumbing a little more securely.
sarah came over today to
help with the house. she got a new car so i drove that around the block.
nicer ride than i've ever had, though the camry was smoother and historically
more reliable, sarah's is more fun, though not as fun as the corrado which
is easily the most fun car i've ever had. i never did take it on a turn
that it couldn't handle.
got the other window in
a built the jamb for the crawlspace door that i have to build and install.
will do that after the stucco goes in. hopefully the stucco guy will come
tomorrow. he only speaks spanish so getting anything out of him has been
very difficult. i told him to come last week and he didn't and then i told
him to come tomorrow so we'll see how that goes.
usc got creamed again.
the dynasty is over, i've said that already. stanford is the only team
to win in the coliseum since pete came to town, i believe that's what the
stat of the day was. impressive streak i guess. stanford beat the two toughest
teams in the conference so you gotta give them credit. didn't see the game
so can't comment too much on it, but the reality remains that this team
has lost so much talent on defense, so much coaching talent in the last
several years, and still hasn't really found their stride offensively so
this isn't much of a surprise. my dad was expecting a blowout in the other
direction, but i predicted a stanford win. the surprise isn't that they
lost, but that they lost by so much. maybe next year. meanwhile florida
is probably going to roll to another championship in spite of their problems.
when you play cupcake teams all year it's no surprise that you go undefeated.
if usc played their schedule they would have probably lost to alabama and
lsu. if florida played usc's schedule they would have lost at least one
game (probably to oregon).
sarah also got a new ipod
so i hooked her up with a bunch of music and got itunes configured for
frankly, i find non-reality
and art more moving than actual life. case in point: the graduate, magnolia,
the beatles, etc.
i've heard one.be.lo's
"s.o.n.o.g.r.a.m." over 100 times and it's just as good every time. notice
new things all the time. amazing depth to the lyrics.
curve and bay bridge renovation in general is causing all sorts of problems.
haven't heard about any lawsuits yet, but those guys better get some good
lawyers. it's ridiculous.
curiousity gets a bad rap.
they say that curiousity killed the cat and all that crap, but i think
it's one of the best attributes a person can have. lack of it is much more
dangerous than having a lot of it.
every year politicians
from both sides propose tax cuts and every year they trot out these anecdotal
examples of joe the plumber who earns such and such and has a wife and
two kids and this is what his taxes are now and under my plan they'll be
this. the truth is that no one cares about joe the plumber (neither the
real one or the theorhetical one) - people only care about themselves.
problem is that no one knows how the new tax code will affect them if they
vote for candidate a, b, or c. what i propose is having a simple questionaire
online that asks you basic things like your income, # of dependents, what
deductions you'll take, etc. and the program will say: under the status
quo your taxes are this, under my plan they would be this, under the other
guy's plan they'd be this. part of the problem with the plan is that it's
trying to simplify a system that is the exact opposite of simple so there
would inevitably be discrepancies between the plan as quoted on the site
and the actual taxes you would pay. that's not to mention the fact that
no president is going to get the exact tax code that they propose as a
candidate because every tom, dick and harry has to attach their bogus riders
to the package.
last two weekends we've
been contending with the corner of the house and its rot problem. we got
one window in today, but the other one has a good deal of rot on the left
side which we just uncovered today.
so the work proposal was
submitted last thursday and was accepted on friday. my boss initially asked
her boss for a $5/hr raise for me in addition to the 4 day a week workweek
and the benefits package. her boss came back with a $2/hr raise with no
option for a raise next year. i came back with a $3/hr raise and he accepted.
so, i'm pretty happy with that. i'm generally not one to negotiate, but
i figured that's how things are done so i may as well throw it out there
and see what happens. all that is pretty good news. i haven't had benefits
for 4+ years so it'll be nice to be able to visit a dentist and a doctor
to get a cleaning or get my allergies tested. the extra money won't hurt
either and i still have the freedom of 3 days a week to do whatever i need
to do for myself or the house (mostly the house).
niners lost another close
game. it's becoming a habit at this point as this is the third time in
a row that it's happened. four straight losses, with the first one being
a blow out against atlanta.
ran out of gas on my way
back from la. first time i've ever run out of gas. fortunately i had already
exited the highway and i didn't bother stopping at the stop sign at the
off ramp. after i went through the stop sign the engine cut off and i just
coasted into a nice spot at the pump. lost my power steering and power
brake assist, but other than that it wasn't an inconvenience at all.
budget crunch at work.
jokingly told my boss that they should just pay me half of what they were
going to give to the reservations replacement and tack it onto my salary.
i'd do both for 100% of my salary and 50% of the other person's salary,
plus get benefits and that would save like 17k a year (the replacement
is slated to make about 35k/year + benefits). she actually seemed to like
the idea so she might pitch that to the powers that be. only other stipulation
that i threw out there was that i would only want to work 4 days a week.
it would be a pretty ideal situation - give up one day off a week for more
money and benefits. i'd still have 3 days a week to work on the house and
run errands and the like. we'll see how that pans out.
well the worst time of
the year began this weekend and this weekend lived up to that title. it's
the worst time of the year because of the time shift which means it'll
be dark at 5pm and that's just about as depressing as anything. saturday
was awful because when we started working on the art room window we opening
up a bucket of worms that will end up monopolizing the next few weekends.
we really should have just reinstalled the window, made everything weathertight
and gone onto the electrical. instead we broke out all the stucco and revealed
all the rotten studs in the corner of the house. killed both our days of
work just getting all of that demoed and barely started rebuilding it.
working 5 days a week is really hurting my ability to get any kind of real
work done on the house and i don't actually feel any richer than i did
a month ago. then again we had a big donation to npr, i had a trip to la,
i had a broken car window and a few other one time expenses that kind of
sucked all my extra money away.
the other reason that saturday
sucked is the epic loss the usc endured. that was a streak ender. all our
streaks are now over and done with. we had all sorts of streaks under carrol.
years in a row going to the rose bowl, years in a row winning the pac-10
title, games in a row winning at home, years in a row being within one
score of tying/winning every game, etc. saturday ended all that. perhaps
this will refocus the staff and players. this is more of what i envisioned
when i thought about this year at the end of last year. losing like 8 defensive
guys and the starting qb and both the coordinators....i figured 2-3 losses
and a rough year overall. the ohio state game gave me false hope. oh well.
the worst thing about the loss was that i really didn't feel like the guys
were into the game. losing is one thing, but i sensed a lack of effort,
like they just weren't up for the game. as a fan you can use a couple excuses
like losing the pac-10 sack leader in the first half, or not having 2 receivers,
our starting tight end, our starting fullback, one of our starting linemen,
and of course stafon johnson. but that only explains the offense's lack
of production, not the defensive breakdown. that's more troubling. our
offense seems to be figuring things out with barkley and the new coordinator.
williams is awesome. mccoy is great and he was missed in this game. but
our defense in the last three games has been really bad.
then today the nightmare
in the back corner of the house continued and the niners lost yet another
close game. those close ones are rough because we're clearly a much better
team than we were two years ago, but we're just not able to get over the
hump. a couple of those close ones were winable and two of them were against
unbeaten teams which really would have put us on the map. playoffs looked
so good a few weeks ago, not so sure anymore.
meryl's mom, stepdad and
stepbrother came over for dinner today. we played rockband and beatles
rockband afterwards. we beat beatles rockband. pretty fun to play when
you know all the songs so well and they're all so good. that was the highlight
of this shitty weekend. back to the grind tomorrow.
starting on my way back
up from la i put my entire ipod on random so the plan is to go through
as many songs as i can and rate each one on a 1-5 star scale. the ipod
stores that info and then you can sort your collection based upon your
ratings. my ipod is the biggest they made (it's now discontinued), but
it still doesn't fit all my stuff. 30k songs in all. john gave me a hard
drive of a friend's collection - it's over 100k songs so i'll be picking
some from there while i'm going through my own stuff.
with an 80+ year old house
it's just a fact that there's going to be a lot of rot. you need to learn
where to draw the battle lines. if i were living in this house for the
rest of my life i'd go through the trouble of taking down all the stucco
and re-structuring the places that are rotten. i'd replace the structure
with pt lumber and my strategy would be different. i'm not going to live
here the rest of my life though so we need to learn when to call it quits
and move on to the next thing. we also need to be more disciplined about
sticking to the project at hand. starting the art room when the laundry
and kitchen are still not quite complete was a bad idea. we need to tie
up lose ends. that'll be the goal in the next few months: finish art room,
laundry, front door, kitchen. then we can move onto things like the side
fence, the garage, etc.
some homeless dude came
up to me and ryan while we were eating lunch today. he told us a few offensive,
race/religion-based jokes and then asked for change. it was a good laugh
so i gave him whatever change i had. i have actual respect for a guy like
that who is out working for a living. should have given him more.
leaving for la tomorrow.
got some more electrical
done today. another day i'll finish up the lights and hopefully finish
the last few outlets as well.
johnny's wedding was a
good one. meryl remembered that i had been to her grandpa's wedding so
that means johnny's was the third in my life (that i remember).
need to find a way to be
notre dame this weekend.
that's a trap game if you ask me, usc has to contain the passing game and
they'll be okay.
johnny gets married this
weekend. second wedding in my life, pretty sure. went to my parents' second
wedding and that's it. went to jonique's reception, but i don't classify
that as a wedding per se.
starting to get roof estimates.
first one was higher than thought, not thrilling news. ultimately, though,
it's just money.
not sick anymore. got sick,
got well, got sick again all within a month. first time i ever recall that
happening. first time i was sick this year and it happened back to back.
updated house pics finally.
working on the art room.
repairing the ceiling is going to take a bit of work, but that should be
the hardest thing. all new electrical for the room will take 2 full days.
paint. building wall shelving system. could get it done in a week if we
really tried and had the week off.
raining like crazy most
of the day. supposed to end by the end of tomorrow. roof is leaking worse
than last time. yay. have a couple roofers coming out in the next week
to redo the roof. that was something that was waiting for completion of
the decks because i thought an inspector would be by to look at the roof,
but apparently it's a mail in permit so we may be able to fast track that
got started on meryl's
art room the other day. scraped the popcorn off the ceiling (no asbestos,
thankfully) and started putting in recessed lights. will also put in a
ceiling fan. need to patch/repair ceiling which is badly cracked first,
johnny's wedding on saturday,
hopefully it's not too wet there.
the obama nobel peace prize
thing is kind of a shock to me as it seems it is to many others. on the
one hand you could make the argument that they gave it to him for what
he hopes to do in the future and as sort of a motivator for him to, for
example, not increase troop levels in afghanistan and to really be a peaceful
force in the world. on the other hand, they explicitly said that they gave
it to him because of his accomplishments so far, not for anything in the
future. it's just a strange choice. it's not as bad as gorbechev or kissinger,
but i don't think that adding 13k troops to afghanistan is something a
nobel peace prize winner should really do. he's overseeing the most powerful
and dominating military force in the history of the world, a force that
is engaged in two wars, so...peace prize? i'm thinking that's not so apt.
okay effort with mixed results so far? that's more like it.
decided i'm not going anywhere
for the holidays. need to make progress on too many things at the house.
working 5 days a week is
different, but not altogether bad once you get used to it. definitely could
use the time off to meet with roofers and pick up the custom trim we had
milled to match the original stuff for the kitchen and the rest of the
house that needs it. in a couple weeks when i get my paycheck, though,
i'll be happy about it. it'll be nice to do for a while. i get a lot done
at work and it's nice to take a broken system and make changes towards
a more reasonable one.
no progress on the house
today npr had the winner
of a contest put on by the health department. the contest was to make a
psa for swine flu vaccinations or awareness. i think that the government
and public schools should reach out to the public and their student body
a lot more than they do. you have a wealth of creativity and talent in
the country and it's going untapped in favor of paying "experts" to do
what "normal" people could do quite easily. for example, uc davis paid
some damn firm to redesign their logo about 10 years ago. why not give
the students a chance and give them a free year's education instead? would
have cost less, would have gotten the student body involved, would have
gotten more total ideas on the table. everyone wins. the cal alumni association
did the same damn thing this year - paid another firm to redesign their
stupid logo instead of giving out a scholarship to design/art students
at cal. this dude thinks that cal is best public school in the world, yet
the alumni association doesn't think they can design a crappy logo (i've
seen the new one, it's nothing stellar)? it's just crazy.
there was another bit
on npr today that caught my ear. this one was about healthcare and
a study one group did that showed, essentially, that the greater care rate
per capita that was given in a given town the more likely they were to
not benefit from that care. that is, that the towns with a lower rate of
a given procedure had better outcomes. it was a really good piece and it
broke down all the incentives that a pay for service system creates. doctors
are more likely to recommend procedures, especially more complex/expensive
ones and that that leads to people getting too much care (really, just
not properly proportioned care). other studies confirmed this and found
that as much as 1/3 of all healthcare spending ($660 bil) is really
overspending and, what's worse, is that that overspending is actually making
us more sick or in more pain.
npr really is critical
to who i am. npr is probably the best teacher i've ever had.
well i definitely was wrong
about the cal/usc game. usc didn't play amazingly well on offense, but
their special teams finally made some good plays, including one touchdown,
and their defense continued its excellent play. the first drive of the
game saw cal coming down the field and looking to get a td, but mays came
up big with the interception in the end zone. that was a huge play. riley
also had a bad game, but some of that was caused by pressure from the d-line.
still plenty of work to be done for usc's offense.
"Even the speedy Best couldn’t
get going against the Trojans. On one play in the first half, he was chased
down by Mays for no gain on a third-and-2 run." that's the last line from
the ap article on the game. if you didn't see the play then it would be
an odd ending to the article, but that play encapsulated the game. jahvid
best is one of the fastest people in california - he ran a 10.3 100m in
high school. but on that play he ran towards the sideline and mays ran
with him every step. that play was between the two fastest guys in the
stadium and mays came out on top. i think that usc's team speed is really
what hurt cal's offense. i suspect that's the same that happened against
boise state dropped a spot
because uc davis put up a fairly good showing against the broncos. go aggies.
niners are looking good
again. playoffs are in our future this year.
didn't get all that much
done on the house in september. october is shaping up to be just as bad.
did work for other people, work got busy, there was the after party lull
and college football started. recipe for disaster.
i have decided that i'm
not going to go anywhere for thanksgiving or xmas in an attempt to get
a good amount of work done on the house.
chicago not getting the
olympics bid wasn't too much of a surprise. personally i would have given
it to madrid and chicago would have been second. tokyo got it about 40
years ago so they're out and the u.s. has more than its share so i didn't
really think chicago was going to get it, though they would have done a
great job. rio i still see as dangerous and i'm unsure about their transit
system and engineering capabilities, but i've never been so i don't really
know enough to judge.
big test for obama comes
with his decision on afghanistan. i've been down on him basically since
his second month in office, but this could really turn things around for
him. if he stands up to the military industrial complex and the hubristic
assholes who are talking in his ear about the taliban then he'll move into
consideration for my vote in 2012, if he gives in and commits more troops
he's doomed in my book. there came a defining point when jfk said no to
more troops in vietnam, and, later, johnson said yes. though they are different
situations in different regions, i find enough in common that afghanistan
scares me. morally, too, i don't think we should be there. if we had a
strong coalition from major european and regional players then it would
be different. the u.s. is seemingly going it alone and obama has a chance
to change america's foreign policy outlook. it's tough to guess what he'll
do, but i don't foresee him pulling any troops out. it'll most likely either
be a modest commitment of more troops (he might sell this as a shifting
of troops from iraq to afghanistan, rather than redeploying troops from
the states) or remaining with the status quo. of course, it doesn't matter
what he really does because most on the left will continue to support him
in spite of their anti-war stance. they love him like college kids love
macs and he's better than the alternative.
going to be working 4-5
days a week for much of the next couple months i think. again, good for
money, bad for housework.
we've started spreading
our project list into the art room. meryl is all amped up and ready to
go on getting that room ready for move in. hopefully it'll just take a
couple weeks of solid work to get it prepped for her. reinstall window,
all new electrical (lights and outlets), scrape popcorn ceiling (tested
for asbestos and it's negative, yay), paint, build custom shelving unit,
build legs for table tops, and make closet usable. really not that bad
overall. concurrently i'd like to finish the decks and kitchen. after those
three things it would be great to extend the fence and get some power to
the garage. sometime soon i'll also look into getting a roofer out here.
big pac-10 matchup tomorrow.
dad came up for the game. usc is favored by 5.5, but that's only because
of cal's performance last week. had cal won that game, even by a point,
i think they would be favored in this game. cal is a much different team
at home and if i were a betting man i would definitely take cal with the
points. they may not win, but it's a good bet that they'll be within 5
points either way. i don't see either team running away with it. usc is
without their best all around running back and the qb situation is still
touchy since barkley has missed a couple starts and isn't exactly a veteran
with only 2 starts under his belt. defense will have to contain best. i
see him getting about 90 yards and 1td since cal will probably look to
get him back on track. usc's secondary is a shadow of what it was last
year, but mays being back should help a bit there. if cal had hawkins and
jackson they would eat usc's secondary up this year, luckily they don't.
usc's playcalling really
needs to be better than what it has been so far this year. our offensive
coordinator is yet another rookie for this team and he's called plays like
it. that said, sarkisian took a while to get a decent feel for the playcalling
so perhaps it's just an adjustment period. hopefully he finds some things
that work tomorrow. on the road you have to figure that usc is going to
give up at least 17-21 points to cal's potent offense so they need at least
a few tds to win the game. of course in a tight game like this will be
usc can't afford to turn the ball over. cal has a lot to prove after that
oregon loss and dropping from 6 to 24 in the ap poll. i haven't heard any
rumblings yet about tedford (who is the highest paid employee in the entire
university of california system) and if he wins this game i doubt i will.
but if cal loses then people might wake up to the fact that in this economy,
with the cuts that uc has made across the board, with the recent protests
to those cuts, in a public school system, and with poor performance...maybe
it's time to dump tedford. the long and short of it is that usc has much
less room for error on the road against this team than they have in the
past and cal really needs to win this game. cal 21 usc 20.
i hate berkeley. funny
because i was actually thinking this on my way to my car. i was holding
a box of pizza for lunch and two separate people asked me if they could
have it. huh? it's my lunch, no you can't have it. i have an infinitely
greater level of respect for the many people who stand on high street or
in front of home depot looking for work, than those who sit on telegraph
ave. looking for hand outs.
then i got to my truck
and saw that the passenger's side window was broken and the glove compartment
was open. luckily for me the perp was either thwarted off by the car alarm
or just grew impatient. they didn't take my leatherman or swiss army knife
which were in the glove compartment. they grabbed a hand full of change
which was in the cup holder, but that amounted to about $5. as best i can
tell they didn't even look in the center console which is where i usually
have my ipod. it wasn't there this time because i left it with my job site
radio, but i don't think they even looked there so it probably would have
been okay anyway. called the cops who basically just write it down in their
little book and go about their business. no one was killed so it's not
really worth their time. called the insurance company. i don't have comprehensive
insurance so i'm on my own. thanks for nothing yet again. called the only
ford dealership left in the near east bay and they wanted over $450 to
install a new window and couldn't do it until tomorrow; and they're the
best of the american car companies. called my mechanic and he referred
me to an auto glass place that did it for less than a third of the cost
of the ford dealer. all told i'm out over $200 because i had to cut my
work day short to take care of this. didn't want to leave my car unattended
and half open for four more hours and i'm working tomorrow as well. what
a pain. overall i didn't get that upset, more annoyed by the whole thing.
the person who did it didn't even do it right. they didn't do a thorough
check of the car, they did it at the wrong time of day, they missed the
most expensive items in the car: i had a few hundred bucks worth of tools
in the back, i could have had my ipod in the center console, they didn't
take all the change from the cup holder, i had a couple minor items in
the back seat area, and they missed a pretty nice leatherman in the glove
compartment which they opened. complete amateur hour all around. i can
at least appreciate a job well done when someone puts my truck up on blocks,
steals the tires, and hacks out my catalytic converter in under 5 minutes.
my first thought once i
saw what had happened was "that sucks." my second was "when you live in
a sewer you're bound to get dirty."
woman in my office was
fired and her last day is thursday. throws a wrench into my schedule because
now i'm forced to pick up the slack. don't think that they'll offer the
job to me which is a good and bad thing. it would be great to have more
money and the benefits package, but events/reservations planning is not
at all what i want to do.
went to boston this weekend
with meryl to visit her dad/stepmom who moved there recently. always liked
usc lost saturday in another
post big game upset. there are plenty of legit reasons for them to have
lost this game, but it shouldn't have happened. they were starting a guy
at qb who hadn't started before, mcknight wasn't 100%, they lost a ton
of guys on defense, jake locker (washington's qb) is actually a pretty
good qb, taylor mays was out, they lost both their offensive and defensive
coordinators, and perhaps most telling - the offensive coordinator is the
head coach of the team that beat them saturday and their old defensive
coordinator is the defensive coordinator of that same team. those two guys
know everything there is to know about the players and schemes that usc
was going to use in saturday's game and that's probably what ended up doing
usc in. that said, pete carroll didn't learn from his stanford upset a
couple years ago when he left booty in the game despite throwing 4 ints.
carroll needed to pull corp and put mustain in. this was obvious at halftime,
but carroll didn't do it and it cost usc the victory. rough loss that i
didn't see coming, but which makes sense in hindsight. another challenge
will be notre dame because of usc's suspect secondary this year. notre
dame, assuming clausen is healthy, has the passing attack that could pick
usc apart. cal, of course, should be the favorite in that matchup considering
how usc is playing and that it's a home game for cal. oregon will also
be a test, though i think cal and notre dame, because of matchup issues,
could be bigger ones. i expected 2-3 losses this year, but never did i
expect washington to be one of them.
while in boston we did
a bunch of the usual touristy things. we went on a guided tour, went to
the museum of science and the fine arts museum. we visited cambridge and
ate at bartley's. i didn't have the this old house burger and i regret
that decision. i had been to a few of these places before, but it was good
to revisit them.
last night we saw the u2
concert which was pretty good. i like u2, but meryl and her dad love them
so it was better for them than for me. snow patrol opened for them and
they did an adequate job. u2 put on a pretty good show, though they weren't
as punchy as they could have been. that said, it was a 2 hour show and
they're old men. getting out of foxboro was a pain and took about an hour.
we woke up this morning at 4:30 et and went to the airport. gotta go into
work early tomorrow too so that's unfortunate.
lots of stuff that needs
to be done on the house as usual. didn't get anything done today. work
the next three days. hopefully this weekend will be productive. lots of
odds and ends to be tied up.
yesterday was unpleasant
because i'm officially sick. worked half a day and called in sick today.
still plan on doing some oddjobs tomorrow, though, so that should bring
some money in. i had a pretty good stretch without being sick so i can't
feel like i'm getting sick.
think this would be the first of the year if it turns out to be a real
cold. had plenty of allergies, though, so i've actually gone through more
kleenex than i would have had i had a couple colds.
got started on the side
deck, but didn't make much progress because of the unexpected rain.
did a lot of gardening
over the weekend. planted a new cherry tree in the back. that'll be fun
to watch grow. also planted some onions and some flowers up front. we'll
see how it all goes.
after the deck is done
and handrails are installed on both decks we'll try to get the art room
window installed and flashed correctly. then we can get some bids on the
new roof. also need to extend the fence between us and our northern neighbor
so we can finally have access to that side of the house. of course it would
be nice to get the kitchen officially done as well.
usc game was a good one.
osu really played the better game, but usc stepped up at all the right
moments and made the most of their yards. their defense stepped up big
by getting 7 points early and only allowing 13 (2 points allowed by special
teams accounts for the 15 that osu ended up with). special teams were bad,
didn't get anything on punt returns and gave up the safety as mentioned.
offense was one dimensional and the offensive line was inept for most of
the game, but had a couple good drives and that was all it took. really,
the defense won the game for them which is surprising because they lost
so many great players to the nfl last year. i had them losing this game
so they're already outpacing my expectations. that said, i could definitely
see them losing to cal this year. cal is more seasoned than the younger
usc team and it's in berkeley this year which definitely helps since cal
is relatively poor on the road. article in the paper today said they were
winless away from memorial stadium last year which is actually false since
they won the emerald bowl which wasn't at memorial stadium. but the truth
remains that cal isn't a great road team so they have a solid chance at
beating usc this year. barkley played a fine enough game, making the right
plays at the right time. playcalling was suspect at time and execution
left something to be desired. really it came down to the offensive line
either making holes or giving barkley time. when they did that they scored.
nobody puts swayze in a
got hosed on fantasy baseball
in my dad's league. was either one stolen base or two runs away from winning
the week. very tight matchup. suck.
pretty psyched about the
game tomorrow. usc vs. ohio state again. this time on the road, this time
with a freshman quarterback, this time without the best defense in the
country. still favored somehow. i've heard from handicappers that, on a
neutral field, usc wouldn't be an underdog to any team in the country other
than possibly florida. makes you wonder why they don't get to more national
championships while teams like oklahoma and ohio state go there repeatedly
only to be destroyed by their competition. can't recall a game in the last
5 years where usc hasn't been able to win with a single play. i.e., they
have been within 6 points of every game they have played in the last 5
years. that's a stunning achievement. that said, i think this is the year
that could change because of the reasons i mentioned - new qb, new coordinators,
loss of several key defensive players, tougher road schedule - nd, osu,
cal, oregon all on the road.
got my tooth taken care
of yesterday. drove out to davis to visit the last dentist i had visited.
hadn't been to her since 2005. she said i probably should have gotten a
crown and there was a chance i would have to get a root canal (since the
old filling was somewhat close to a nerve), but i got lucky and avoided
both those things. she drilled out the old filling and put in a new one.
no insurance meant that it cost $310 for the amalgam (cheaper silver colored)
filling. could have been worse so i'm happy overall.
davis was good to visit.
i love that place. too hot, but great otherwise. given the population is
has a much better ratio of good places to eat to citizens than the bay
area. that's coming from a guy who doesn't plan on ever going to chez panisse,
though, so take that for what it's worth. i had a slice of pizza at woodstock's
and got a milkshake at murder burger afterwards. also went to dimple records
which is the record store that replaced tower records. it was a trip to
be in that building and see the things that they kept from tower - some
of the signage that i helped put together, one of the cd carts, some of
the cd shelves, etc. wanted to go in the back room and see how things had
plan on getting back into
the swing of things house-wise tomorrow. hope to get the deck started and
make a big trip to home depot as well as an exploratory trip to a couple
nurseries. would like to get a tree as well as a few plant suggestions
for some trouble areas.
sunday's party was fairly
successful. meryl's mom and stepdad came over to help clean up beforehand,
which was a big help. place looked almost normal for the first time probably
in years. felt like we were done, but really we have a lot of work ahead
of us. meryl is taking two weeks off and i'm going to try to take it a
it's football season so
taking it easier from now on should be easier to do. biggest usc game of
the year on saturday, looking forward to that. went to the cal/maryland
game last saturday. cal looked poised to challenge in the pac-10 this year.
they have a lot of the right elements to make a good run - good qb, solid
defense, great rb and good coaching.
last night while watching
movies i had some popcorn. about halfway through the bag i felt a jagged
edge on one of my teeth. turns out that either the corner of my tooth chipped
off or the filling chipped off. some of the filling is intact, but the
corner of whatever was once there is no longer there. feels like a massive
hole in my tooth, but those things always feel worse in your mouth than
they really are. need to go to a dentist in the next week or so. wish i
feeling unlucky lately.
i want to find a t-shirt
or bumper sticker that has the obama horizon logo on it and have it say
"hype" instead of "hope." this escalating war in afghanistan is pissing
me off, especially when pakistan is the more worrisome nation, if you ask
me. ted koppel was on npr today and echoed that sentiment. like me, he
thinks both countries are troublesome for the region/world, but pakistan
has nukes and seems possessed by their hatred of india. personally i don't
think we should be over there at all unless we have several other meaningful
commitments from other countries with us.
pretty much finished the
deck today. the handrails and guardrails still need to be ordered and installed
and there are two posts at the bottom of the stairs that need to be installed,
but that shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. it's fully functional now
for the first time in a while. it's nice to have access to the backyard
from that side of the house, rather than having to go around and through
the art room to get outside.
saw a fight in front of
home depot last week. by the time i looked up i saw one guy on the ground
and the other guy kicking him. the guy on the ground wasn't moving at all
so i yelled "hey" and the kicker looked up and then ran away. it took a
bit for the guy on the ground to get up and he looked dazed, but he got
up eventually. then two guys came rolling up and asked where the other
guy ran off to. some old lady pointed him out and they ran after him. all
i could think of was "menace II society" which, if there is any moral to
the story, it's that retribution comes eventually and it usually comes
harder than you think. t.i.o. - this is oakland.
our little party is on
sunday. we have a lot of cleaning to do at this point. don't think we'll
focus too much on getting any more construction done since things are pretty
stable at this moment. plenty left to do, but this is as good a point to
pause as any. lots of cleaning needs to be done all around and in the house.
also need to buy food and drinks. i think luke and meryl's mom/stepdad
are going to be the only people i actually know at the party. not sure
about my grandma and mom.
john hughes marathon is
going well. i think we've gone through all of the films of his that we
own. next we'll have to rent she's having a baby, great outdoors, curly
sue and others.
updated picture album should
be up shortly.
being off for four days
in a row is nice and allows me to be more productive.
the countertops went in
on thursday. really like the stone, but not in love with the fabrication
and installation. we used "best granite" based in hayward and wouldn't
recommend them. they did an okay job, but some of the details weren't great.
oh well. after the countertops went in i worked on getting the sink hooked
up. that turned out to be a hassle. had to take a few trips to home depot
to get the right stuff for both the faucet supply and sink drain. faucet
supply ended up working out, but the drain was very slow.
it was really hot (96)
on friday so i tried to work on little projects inside the house even though
the deck was the next big thing on the list. meryl and i installed the
upper cabinets in the kitchen so the cabinets are officially complete.
there's still some trim to install at the base, but i consider that part
of the trim work more than the cabinet work. meryl got a final coat of
paint on the front of the front door so it looks nice.
got some draino on saturday
and found that the drain didn't drain at all. ran a snake down the drain
and it stopped about 4 feet in. wasn't sure if it was a clog or just a
bend in the pipe that i was hitting. thought about hiring a plumber with
a snake /fiber optic camera, but knew that i'd be looking at at least $125
to do that. so on friday i worked on the problem an hour or two. finally
i decided to go up on the roof to see if i could clear out the vent pipe.
ran into a clog about 15 feet down and then again at about 18 feet and
then it was clear for the 25 feet of snake that i had available. went back
to the trap and hooked it back up. turned on the water for about 5 minutes
and it worked just fine. surprising how much of an effect the vent being
clogged had on the drain. not sure what was in there, but there aren't
any trees above the roof so it was more likely a rat or squirrel or something
yesterday was another hot
day (93). i got a couple piers in for the deck supports, but abandoned
that project in favor of installing the doorbell and doing some caulking
around the front of the house. also did some cleaning up around the house.
started trimmming the kitchen window.
today was a good productive
day. we got the major structure on the deck built. still need to put in
the landing at the bottom of the stairs as well as the building the stringers.
after that it'll be time to lay the decking. hope to have that done in
time for the party on sunday. building the stairs is going to be the most
challenging part since i've never done that before. looking forward to
pouring the landing.
big news of the last few
days is that with the cabinets in and the sink working, the kitchen it
completely functional. we've done three loads in the dishwasher so all
the stuff that was in the attic is now clean and most of it now has a place
in the cabinets. we cooked tacos tonight as our first official meal. pretty
with the help of our neighbor
we got the laundry cabinet up on the wall. unfortunately when i did the
sheetrock on the ceiling i didn't notice how far out of level the ceiling
was so now the cabinet is level-ish and there is a gap between it and the
ceiling on the left side, but it's even with the ceiling on the right side.
would have taken about 15 minutes to fix if i had noticed this when doing
the sheetrock. very frustrating.
also frustrating is the
dryer vent situation. i wish i had known about an in wall vent box before
i did the rough in. instead of using that i'll have to buy an adjustable
elbow which will do the job, but isn't as perfect. a similar situation
arose with the water supply line for the frig. they have an in wall valve
that i didn't know about when i did the rough in for that. had i known
then the frig would be able to be closer to the wall than it will end up
being. so far there have been a half dozen or so rookie mistakes that have
annoyed me. not bad overall, but frustrating when you find out the solution
about a week too late to do anything about it.
finished priming and painting
the laundry room today. meryl helped paint after work and we busted it
out. looks good and i'm glad that's done. that room still needs trim (already
purchased) and flooring (not picked out yet), but those things can definitely
next project is the back
deck. kitchen is basically on hold until the countertops come in (friday).
i wonder what bolt could
run in the 400m. he'd be top five in the world within a couple months of
sarah came over yesterday
and helped me texture the walls in the laundry room. that was helpful.
today i'm hoping to sand, clean, and prime the walls. maybe get some paint
on it tonight when meryl is home.
just dodged a bullet. i
was working on my dad's fantasy football draft and heard a hissing sound
coming from the kitchen. walked over there and saw the newly hooked up
frig water line spraying water at the back of the frig. luckily it was
still pulled out so i could turn off the water at the location, rather
than having to go to the main. if i were running an errand at home depot
or if i were in the back or in the laundry room with the radio on, i might
not have heard it. if it had been spraying for 15 minutes instead of 15
seconds there's a chance we would have ruined the freshly laid flooring.
got lucky. i had planned on replacing the line today, actually because
the old line, which i reused, gave the water a bad taste. no more reusing
old water lines for me.
my entire life i've been
interested in track and field and during that time the 100m dash has always
been the most glorified event. the record has always moved down given a
few years of waiting, but it's moved down by a few hundredths each time.
with bolt, though, we have a new paradigm. this guy is either a freak of
nature who is now genuinely the second best sprinter in world history having
the best single year in recorded history, or he's a huge doper who is also
quite talented. i'm hoping it's the former. he is shattering records like
no one has done before. today he ran 19.19 in the 200m which is just crazy
fast. to give perspective, the world record before bolt was 19.32 by michael
johnson. the record before that was something like 19.66. when johnson
ran that time in atlanta in the gold shoes it was amazing and most people
who follow track assumed it wouldn't be touched for at least 20 years.
ato boldon thought it wouldn't be touched in his lifetime. bolt comes along
and barely breaks it in beijing with a 19.30. today he smashes that by
more than a tenth. he was in lane 5 which is perfect for him. usually you
get lane 4 when you have the best time, but lane 5 is perfect because he
doesn't run the curve as tightly as true 200m runners. what he is doing
is the equivalent of chamberlin scoring 100 in a game or dimaggio hitting
in 56 straight. it's absurdly good and you should enjoy it because that
kind of athletic greatness is more rare than the kobe bryants and tom bradys
that we hold up today.
seeing my aunt's family
in action was pretty cool. they make a good argument for home-schooling,
so long as you do it right. i think a couple of the biggest worries when
it comes to home-schooling are the social implications and the gaps in
knowledge that may come from being taught by only two parents. there is
probably a network of parents, though, that help teach different subjects
so that helps with both of those concerns. it's not as if it's a new idea,
this is how people learned what they needed to learn for hundreds of years;
modern education as we know it is a relatively new construct, so that's
important to note. the biggest hurdle of the whole idea is modernity itself
which requires different skills than life in the past: the ability to sit
at your desk for hours on end, for example. as well as all the hoops that
we're supposed to jump through to get into college which is a prerequisite
for most high level jobs. that said, i have no doubt that my cousins are
going to find a niche that works for them. the other half of that hurdle
of modernity is the fact that we aren't subsistence farmers anymore - we
need cash to live. so if you're not independently wealthy or you don't
have one earner who can provide for the entire family, the home-schooling
option goes out the door. it's a luxury for most.
this is a busy week. the
weekend was busy and we're going away this weekend again. i also have my
first day back at school and a cousin's birthday and of course the house
and work. speaking of work, tomorrow i'll be going to a co-worker's house
to check out some projects she needs done. she is going to have an addition
built and i was going to give her some ideas on that as well.
usain bolt ran today what
he should have run in bejing (if he hadn't coasted to the end). the guy
is already in the top 5 sprinters of all-time if you ask me. carl lewis
is clearly number one because of his dominance over the course of 16 years,
but bolt is obviously the fastest man ever and has smashed the 100m twice
and broken the 200m record of michael johnson, which i thought wasn't going
to happen for another 20 years. amazing talent. johnson i wouldn't consider
a sprinter since his best race was actually the 400m and he never ran anything
less than 200m. gay looked great in the race and ran a pr (9.71, just .02
off the previous world record and the 3rd best time in history), but was
overshadowed by bolt's great start. bolt had a perfect start and led wire
to wire. this is rare for him because of his size. it takes him a while
to get up to speed, but once he gets going he toasts everyone else. bolt
still needs to work on his turn in the 200m because he could even shave
a couple hundredths off that time. it's gotta be rough for gay, he's a
great sprinter and possibly the second best in the world, but few remember
second best. goosebump stuff here.
speaking of which, i didn't
remark on the great work of lance armstrong. his third place showing in
the tour this summer cements him as the greatest biker of all-time (miguel
indurain is the second best tour-de-france rider ever). he's ten years
older than the other top competitors and has now been on the winning team
8 times. it's just crazy how good that guy is. if he had won this one i
would have been ready to place him in the top three athletes ever. we'll
see how he does next year with his own team.
went to fresno this weekend
with meryl and sarah. it was my grandma's 80th birthday and fun was had
by all. it was the first time i've seen a lot of that family in many years.
we all convened at stacy's house which was the perfect venue because it's
a good size and it has a lot of entertainment. from the usual stuff like
a pool and ps3 to the unusual like a trampoline inside the living room,
a zip line between two trees in the front yard and the chickens on the
side of the house. fun stuff. i should visit more often.
didn't get any work done
on the house. started today off with a dump run. working on finishing mud
in the laundry room. finished the range hood vent. will likely have the
stove and frig in later tonight. yay.
got most of the base cabinets
in today. there's only one left to do, but we have to get the dishwasher
in first; at least that would be best. also put on some of the hardware.
we'll be ready for the
counter top guys probably by the end of the day tomorrow. not sure if we'll
wait to do the uppers, or if we'll just go ahead and get it done. it may
or may not help the installers to have space to angle the countertops in.
also got some mud work
done in the laundry room. that should be done by friday night.
still need to finalize
the venting connection for the range hood. there are all sorts of loose
ends that need finishing up all around the house. that said, i do feel
like we've made a lot of progress and are looking to make a lot more in
the next few weeks. we've brought a lot more light to the house, the front
door area is a lot better looking (stucco, new front light, foyer light),
the laundry room is drywalled and moving along, base cabinets are almost
done, etc. in the next few weeks we can reasonably expect to have done:
doorbell up and running, appliances in, countertops installed, cabinets
finished, functional sink and dishwasher, cleared out breakfast nook, cleared
out living room, back deck, fully functional laundry room. all this is
haven't gotten much done
the last couple days. fiddled around in the laundry room. had some joint
compound fall in my eye. flushed for about 10 minutes and it's better today.
stucco work is done. they
showed up sunday and finished. looks nice. it'll be a couple weeks before
we can prime and another week after that before we can paint.
stucco guys didn't show
up yesterday to get the job finished. called, left a message, called several
times throughout the day and didn't hear back. luckily we only paid a fourth
of the cost so far and they've done half the work. he asked for more, but
i told him i'd give him a check at the end of the day. then he said, that
he'd just get the rest on saturday. so, i'm not sure what the guy is thinking,
but we're ahead at this point so i guess that's a good thing.
started work on installing
three of the base cabinets yesterday. also installed part of the range
hood yesterday. still need to hook up the ducting for that to be complete.
need to make a home depot run, again.
next weekend is my grandma's
80th b-day so i'll be going to fresno for that.
sad news about budd schulberg.
on the waterfront is a great one. damn.
working in laundry room
as the floor in the kitchen is still tender. i stupidly forgot to get water-based
poly so the smell is bad and it takes longer to fully dry. as far as results
go, the floor has probably been my biggest disappointment so far.
sad news about john hughes.
he was a great writer-director, though he fell off later in his career.
much more important in my life than michael jackson.
put up drywall on the last
wall in the laundry room.
turns out that staining
the floor is more an art than a science. it's less splotchy now, but not
amazingly even. we got the first coat of poly on last night and will do
stucco guys worked an 11
hour day to get everything demoed and a first coat up. will finish on saturday.
good guys, hard workers. hopefully they'll be able to match the existing
stucco well. that's really the test.
we also started working
on the laundry room cabinet yesterday. sarah came over and helped with
that a bit. good visit.
stucco guys are here. that's
a relief. they're making a shitload of noise, but i think it'll work out
in the end.
looks like i'm a firefox
browser now. ie was crashing and slow. firefox is ok.
first coat of stain is
on the floor. it's a bit splotchy because of our application method. second
coat i'll be doing by myself and that actually might work out to be better
because i can work in a straight line.
trimmed some of the tomato
plants and other vegetables we had growing. they're a bit out of control
just wired up a timer switch
for our front porch light. will test when the stucco guys aren't working
on the front door.
didn't get a heck of a
lot done today. put putty in all the holes in the flooring and started
sanding it down. hopefully will have a coat of stain on the floor tomorrow
night, we'll see.
stucco guy says he'll be
here on wednesday, so hopefully that actually happens.
have a deadline is a good
thing, but it's raising the pressure level.
went to another neighborhood
watch meeting today. we didn't get too much done.
stucco guy was supposed
to show up yesterday to submit a contract, he was a no show. a lot of contractors
can be real lazy bums. as much as i love the trades and self-reliance,
there seems to be a lack of customer service that also pervades the trades.
does one have to be unreliable to others to remain free? it would certainly
appear so as some of the most "free" people i know are also absent-minded
and lack the kind of structure that civilized people expect.
anyway, i still hope that
he does the work. will call him tomorrow. need him to get this done by
the end of the week so we can move on with plans for the back deck, etc.
we have a deadline now with this damn labor day party so things need to
be constantly moving forward, quickly.
spent all weekend on the
floor. meryl helped a few hours each day but had work and some wedding
to deal with so she missed out on a lot of the "fun." finished laying down
the flooring, including in the pantry area in the kitchen. that area by
the electrical box and pantry took a long time. lots of hand planing to
get boards to fit tight, lots of measuring and then getting up to make
a cut and then remeasuring and getting back up. my back and knees aren't
very happy right now. finished laying the flooring this morning and then
started sanding the floor. we were cheapskates and decided not to rent
a commercial sander so we used the sanders i already had, including one
that i bought the other day and have had my eye on for a while. first did
the whole floor with 60 grit, then vacuumed and did the whole floor with
80 grit. then vacuuming and wiped down the floor with mineral spirits.
now we're putting putty in approximately 3,000 nail holes as well as gaps,
cracks, and checks in and between the floor boards. then we'll sand again
with 150 grit. vacuum again. mineral spirits again. precondition the entire
floor. light sand to knock down the grain, then clean again, then first
coat of stain. then wait a couple hours. then stain again. then wait. then
polyurethane, three coats with a light buffing and 12 hour wait in between.
work tomorrow. ugh. this
weekend went quickly.
try to work an hour or
two after getting home to get the electrical done a bit sooner so the focus
can go back to the kitchen. still need to wire up a lot of the fixtures,
but the switches are almost all done.
speaking of electrical.
i called the electrician who did our service and who i have worked for
in the past to touch bases with him. he called back later and said he might
have some work for me. this is a good thing money-wise. i also think that
career-wise being an electrician would be pretty fun. since it appears
as though i'll need some dental work done in the future it would also be
good to lay the ground work for getting full-time employment with benefits.
meryl has been working
on the underlayment for the hardwood in the kitchen. we're going with red
rosin paper, but the more i think about it, the more i think we should
have gone with kraft paper. ugh.
not sure why there's much
talk about sotomayor being confirmed. should be a no-brainer. she's a bit
quick to imprision people for my taste, but she'll do. the report i heard
said she consistently chose prison for defendants (both white and blue
collar) more than her peers. don't think that contributing to the police
state is really the way to go, but she seems solid otherwise.
not as productive today
as yesterday. had to go into work for about 4 hours, 5 hours lost when
you factor in drive time. painted the second coat in the kitchen in the
morning, though, so that's done. onto the flooring now. could do the overhead
cabinets if we felt like it.
all the electrical is roughed
in for the lights that i've been working on this week. hopefully that'll
be done by this time next week. drywall hopefully up in the laundry in
that time as well. we decided we're going to pay someone to do a bunch
of stucco work - mostly on the laundry room exterior, but also by the front
door to finally get that finished up. hope to get that done the first week
got a lot done on the house
today. on thursday i started working on running some electrical to a switch
near the sliding glass door in the laundry room for an exterior light that
we're going to have there. that ended up taking me down a slippery slope
into electrical hell. i started working on one circuit which led me taking
out all sorts of wires running all over the place. next thing you know
we don't have light in the laundry room or office. so now one light turns
into me finally tackling: hallway light, laundry lights, exterior light
by laundry room, office lights including getting the sconces to be on the
switch, front door exterior light, door bell, front foyer light. so thursday
i was planning things out and trying not to open up many walls in the process.
today i got almost all of that stuff roughed in. electrical is a challenge
in existing conditions because you have an ideal way of running a circuit,
but then there is the reality of the situation. do you really want to open
up the walls in the office so you can put in a new electrical box that
will fit more wires so you can run the next circuit with less wire and
less hassle? in this case i opted not to do that. i only opened up one
small section of wall in the laundry room and put in one new box by the
front door (but it won't require any patching because of my amazing cutting
job). electricians generally don't take this into account because they
generally don't bid in patching the drywall/plaster. when you're the electrician
and the drywall guy then you think about the process a bit more. of course
it does mean that a few of the lines aren't properly stapled within 8"
of the box, but i don't really see a way around that. so, by this time
next week we should have a door bell and lights in places that we didn't
before: front foyer, front exterior, hallway and the sconces in the office
will be operational.
also got a first coat of
paint on the kitchen walls. this is the second color we've tried, hopefully
top obama voting areas:
d.c. with something like 90% of the vote going to obama. hawaii (his birth
state) with over 70% and vermont with about 70%.
vermont is interesting
because it's so rural and has so many farmers, yet is the second biggest
state supporter of obama. seems like a contradiction to some. to me it's
the best of both worlds.
another early day at work
today to continue power washing the windows and patio. that patio is ridiculously
dirty and could probably use another washing to clean up more of the grout.
finished updating the vermont
also the pictures
should be working.
woke up before 6a today
to get to work by 630. had to pressure wash both the patios in anticipation
of some big event that they were having at the alumni house. tomorrow i
have to do the same to finish the last bit of the patio and go to work
on the windows. don't want to know how much water i used.
working on trip page for
the weekend in vermont.
unimpressed by the new
started painting tuesday,
but it turns out the color is too orange for our taste. got some more samples
and will try again when we get back.
this weekend is my birthday
celebration. meryl had been keeping it a secret, but she let it out in
comical fashion the other day. we're going to vermont to see the ben and
jerry's factory and have a good time in general.
a stucco guy was supposed
to come by today to look at putting new stucco on the laundry room exterior,
but he's 45 minutes late so i'm guessing he doesn't want the work.
you probably won't stay
tuned for the entire 20
minutes, but you should. great topic coupled with thoughtful and intelligent
real world insight.
would like to take a moment
to highlight the life of a great mind. charles
dalziel is known to only a few, but he saved thousands of lives and
is in just about everyone's home. he was a cal grad who also taught electrical
engineering there. later, he went on to invent the ground fault circuit
interrupter (gfci). it's the outlet with the little red/black buttons in
the middle that you find in wet areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.
most people won't ever have to thank him for his invention, but if you
ever drop a toaster in the bathtub and only get a brief shock, he's the
one to thank for your life. added some stuff to his wiki page the other
day because it's pretty sparse.
thursday was pretty productive.
meryl's dad came over and we installed the sliding glass door in the laundry
room. it weighs like 150lbs so getting it up into place was tough. the
frame needed some straightening once in place, but we got it done. took
about 2 hours to install and waterproof it. after that meryl and her dad
went to work on the bathroom demo. they took out the toilet and sink as
well as most of the lath/plaster and tile on the walls. i went at the cement
step by the kitchen entrance with the rotohammer. got it broken out and
chipped into small pieces so that we can dispose of the concrete over time.
meryl is away for the weekend
so i'm tackling the kitchen texture myself. still trying to fine tune the
curved archways so the pvc bullnose doesn't show. worked on that and primed
the small half of the kitchen as well as the ceiling in the main part of
the kitchen. we need to prime first because we're doing a knockdown texture
and the joint compound will dry at different rates depending upon whether
its on the drywall or the mud. pain in the ass. everything takes longer
than i hoped.
painting should be done
by end of day tuesday; at least that's the plan. texture should be done
this weekend. hope to finally patch the stucco this weekend as well.
went to a neighborhood
watch meeting a couple nights ago. rep from oakland pd was there giving
us tips on being safe. basically he said that being afraid and aware were
real important. not real helpful. mostly a waste of 90 minutes.
after the kitchen is done
i hope to catch up on all the little things, the half done projects that
have been sitting around waiting for a spare few hours to get finished
off. front door lights, door bell, stucco, painting stucco patches, and
all the rest.
hopefully the michael jackson
nostalgia doesn't last much longer.
this two week period will
always be remembered by me as the time i turned 30 and people told me i
was old, and the the time when a shit load of people died. palin committed
political suicide. fawcett, mj, mcnamara, mcnair, mcmahon, and malden.
hope to prep for texture
tomorrow. will also waterproof the opening for the sliding glass door in
the laundry room. hope to spray texture on friday, install door thursday.
saturday final coat of stucco beneath kitchen door. need to give that a
few weeks to fully cure before paint, unfortunately. should have gotten
to that last week. finding a good texture took a few tries, but i think
we found a good way of achieving what we're looking for. not sure it'll
come out perfect on the rounded corners and archways, but i'll do my best.
some big fireworks being
blown up in oakland today. i think oakland gets into it more than any place
i've been. it sorta fits into the lawlessness that many in this town seem
to embrace. saw a guy pissing on the street today.
meryl's dad came over thursday
to help with the sliding door in the back. before he came we started taking
out the drywall and we purchased the replacement door from hd. 6' slider
for under $300, thought that was a pretty good deal. we took out the old
door which proved a bit more difficult than anticipated. then meryl and
vince worked on swapping out the door and the door track so that it would
open the way we wanted it to (the default is right to left, and we wanted
it to slide left to right). while they did that i built a temporary wall
in front of the doorway so that we could demo the crappy framing job that
was there before and basically start from scratch. the laundry room was
once a covered patio and it's framed at 24" o.c. and in generally poor
condition. about the time they were finished i was finished so we worked
on taking down the old wall and then started framing in the new one. yesterday
and today i worked on that some more and finished it up. meryl worked on
the drywall in the kitchen; it's starting to look really good. just some
fine tuning left to be done before texture and paint.
this morning we went to
fenton's for my birthday breakfast. had planned on ihop because they were
reputed to give freebies on your b-day, but that turned out to be false.
after breakfast we came home and got to work on our respective projects.
the framing in the laundry is complete and looks real good. need to water
proof the opening and then it'll be ready for the door, which will go in
on thursday when vince is coming again to help. door is pretty heavy so
we definitely need another set of hands to get it done.
after a day's work we went
to fuddrucker's to claim my free birthday sundae and have dinner. then
we saw food inc. overall a good day. hopefully tomorrow will be even more
so far i've hauled in a
couple pairs of basketball shorts from meryl and a kick ass camera from
my grandma. will have photos of the house online within the week.
allergies don't seem to
quit. i'm thinking the high dust volume in the house is a contributor.
also the overrun weeds and grass probably aren't helping.
bought a new lawnmower
yesterday. it's an electric one so it's quieter, requires less maintenance,
and is better for the environment. it seems to have plenty of power. my
major gripe is that the only ones available in our price range (under $250)
require a cord. the more expensive ones are cordless which would have been
nicer, but it's not the end of the world.
drywall is making good
progress in the kitchen. finished the ceiling in the step down area of
the laundry room. the other half of the laundry room has pretty bad plaster
problems. we decided to try to repair the plaster. big wally's plaster
magic is a good product, but expensive, so i'll try my own way borrowing
their technique. we'll see how it works out. if all else fails we'll have
to take down the lathe and plaster and put up drywall.
updated the pictures. and
obama ran on hope and is
now ruling with only "realism" in mind. it's gotta be a disappointment
to real liberals who voted for him. after he won i felt a small sense of
regret for not being a part of the historic moment. it was a great night
and i wasn't a part of it in the same way that others were because i didn't
vote for the guy. now i feel vindicated because his moderate record speaks
for itself. sure he's better than mccain probably would have been, but
he's not the guy he said he was going to be. of course no president ever
is, but he also lifted our hopes as much as anyone else ever has so he
has to take the fall when he isn't "a fierce advocate for gay rights,"
as he said he would be. or when he doesn't take a stand on medical marijuana.
or when he extends the timeline for withdrawl from iraq. or when he increases
troop levels in afghanistan without any meaningful coalition (at least
that i've heard of). or the lack of transparency in the white house for
which the daily show has been raking him over the coals lately.
cockiness, it would turn
out, is not the sole purvey of the united states, as many would have you
believe. brazil came out cocky against the u.s. in today's soccer match
and almost lost as a result. unfortunately the u.s. wasn't able to capitalize
on the two goals they got in the first half and ended up losing to brazil
3-2. tough game.
drywall in the kitchen
is almost done. still need to figure out what we're going to do for the
texture. finished hanging the drywall in the laundry room and put up one
of the new lights. still need to take down some of the old crappy ceiling
tile from the other part of the laundry area as it is now in the way of
installing the other light.
got the second coat of
drywall on most of the walls in the kitchen. meryl is pretty good at it
so i started working on hanging drywall on the ceiling in the laundry room.
will probably end up drywalling the other exterior wall in that room as
well since it's in bad shape and it could use some insulation. we'll also
be replacing the sliding glass door there.
went to the a's game tonight.
they failed to make a suitable rally late in the game and lost 11-9. they
suck. we had seats right behind home plate and it was all you can eat so
that was nice. i had 5 lobster sandwiches, a pizza, a soda, a malt, and
got a bunch of candy/peanuts for movie watching.
think it's real.
looking forward to the
soccer game tomorrow, though i'm not entirely hopeful.
making headway on the drywall.
got another stucco coat up as well.
michael jackson is dead.
my reaction when meryl told me was: good, it's about time. he's probably
the most overrated musician of all-time. he had a couple good albums and
a few great songs. i attribute much of this to paul mccartney and quincy
jones who produced his better stuff. thriller was a great music video as
well, but his body of work isn't at all equal to the amount of money he
made or the number of albums he sold or the mania surrounding him. it'll
be nice to be done with the jokes and the speculation and the fondling
imdb has too many damn
pop-up ads these days.
just finished doing a bunch
of yardwork and cleaning up. that's a rewarding job, but not one that really
helps get the kitchen done. hope to finish the first coat of drywall mud
tomorrow and perhaps get another coat of stucco on as well. you're supposed
to wait a couple days between coats and about 30 before painting. going
to look for a primer that can coat quicker. it's a ph issue.
discovered another load
of rot, this time on the back side of the house. rim joist is ruined, repairing
that will be fun.
hope to be productive this
weekend. several movies i want to watch and definitely want to get some
stucco on the patch below the kitchen door as well as getting started on
the taping of the drywall. today we picked up the decking material which
we special ordered a week or so ago.
painting the kitchen at
the alumni house went well today; very productive. looks like we should
be able to finish on the schedule which is always a good thing. got an
extra day of work out of it so that's good money-wise.
went to pcbc
yesterday. nice, but not as big/good as i had expected. the biggest builder's
show is in las vegas, maybe i'll make the trip for it one day. there were
only a couple tool exhibits, one of which i've already seen before. i've
considered working as a tool representative or something similar in the
past since i love tools so much, but that seems like more salesmanship
than anything else. being a tool critic would be fun. i guess i'm just
more inclined to tell others how to do something better. movies, tools,
etc. it seems to be what i'm good at. anyway, it was mostly geared towards
building products - flashing systems, roofing and insulation materials,
siding materials, etc. got some swag, but nothing too exciting. grk fasteners
sold me on being the best in the world. formerly that title had gone to
in my opinion, but i now think grk
to be even better. take that germany, now the best consumer screws are
made in canada.
got another jury summons.
3 in less than 2 years, this is ridiculous. figure it out you idiots.
wrist kinda hurts.
dedicated to mechanical pencils and pens. he doesn't review the great y&c
grip500, but good site nonetheless.
worked on painting the
kitchen at the alumni house today. worked all day with the help of donna's
husband and we didn't even finish the ceiling. as depressing as that is,
it's not so bad when you're in the trenches with someone else. hopefully
just three more days of this. hopefully.
after work meryl and i
worked on finishing the drywall in our kitchen. still not done. made the
decision to add a receptacle in the tv room which added some time. also
cleaned up a bit. a couple more nights and we should be done hanging the
drywall. mudding and taping will take a while. drywall is something i regret
not paying a professional to do. would have been a lot faster (a couple
days) and the result would have been better as well. we don't really have
the money to do that, though, so you gotta do what you gotta do.
didn't get a heck of a
lot of work done on the house this week. almost finished hanging the drywall.
we have one more arch to do as well as the patch in the tv room and breakfast
nook. then we'll have to mud and tape everything.
friday was johnny's birthday.
we went to oakland ice and played broom ball. it's basically hockey without
skates. instead of a puck there's a ball and the stick that's used is different
too. running around on the ice with shoes means plenty of tumbles for all.
ice is hard. you can get running real fast so long as you don't worry about
slowing down, slowing down is usually the time when you lose your balance
and fall on your knees. my knees still hurt as a result of the 4-5 falls
i took. it's a fun game because the ice equalizes the talents of the various
players and because you can't really sprint, you don't get winded. my team
dad came up from fresno
yesterday. brought my aunt and her four kids (one of them is my god daughter).
pretty interesting bunch. the youngest one is real talkative and social.
we went out to eat and then went to the park to play ball. threw the football
around, played some basketball and just had a good time. a couple kids
that we met at the park played with us and it was a fun time all around.
no idea where their parents were; made me feel as though we were in the
50s or something.
not looking forward to
work this week. i've got to paint the alumni house kitchen. i'll have one
person to help, i think, for most of the time, but painting is a drag.
there's a decent amount of prep work that needs to be done, and some challenging
aspects of the kitchen that'll slow the process down. one wall has a bunch
of windows with metal frames that need to be painted. the windows are above
the cabinets which means they're about seven feet high and go all the way
to the ceiling, which is about 16 feet high. the ceiling is also not going
to be much fun. then there are cabinets to paint as well. it'll take all
week i'm sure and after a day at the park and broomball and drywalling
today, i don't feel like i'm going to be entirely rest for the job.
didn't have allergies for
a few weeks, but they're back again. lovely.
glad that the penguins
won the stanley cup. sad that the lakers won the nba championship. pretty
mediocre playoffs overall. the lakers are a talented team, but not dominant
in my opinion. orlando very easily could have been up 3-1 in that series.
one layup and one free throw would have put them in that position. literally.
a layup and a free throw. when that's all that is between 3-1 up and 1-3
down that shows you how even these teams really were. nba needs to change
the 2-3-2 format in the finals as it's fundamentally unfair to the team
with the 3 home games in a row.
got 10 pounds of free organic
chicken the other day from my other aunt. this led us to finally buy a
grill. put it together the other day and promptly cooked 3 lbs of chicken
the next day. that's been dinner/lunch the last couple days. still hope
to get the kitchen functional in the next 6 weeks.
daily show is funny even
without bush to make fun of. i have noticed that they make fun of the media
a lot more now rather than making fun of politicians like they did before.
so fox news gets a lot of shit, but they also save some time to make fun
of msnbc and cnn for the odd things they do to fill 24 hours or the inconsistencies/hypocrisies
they exhibit. they'll occasionally call obama out for some of his issues
which is good to see, but there has definitely been a shift towards making
fun of the media rather than the government. the msnbc financial drama
is the most obvious example, but it extends beyond that.
re: courtney lee's missed
layup that cost orlando the game - it's the nba and it was a makable shot.
there are a lot of people who are defending him and saying that it was
a difficult shot and blah blah blah. getting to the nba is much more difficult
than making that shot. nba players make that shot. winners make that shot.
losers miss it. orlando is going to lose the series and lee missed the
shot. it's not the end of the world. he's not an awful guy, but he should
have made the shot.
re: pao gasol's goaltending
- yes it was basket interference and according to the rules it should have
been called and the game should have ended with orlando winning because
gasol touched the net and the rim. in reality, though, his hand didn't
affect the shot at all.
got the kitchen door installed
yesterday, that was good. worked on drywall in the kitchen today. also
took a big load of trash to the dump. got the rough brush strokes of the
two decks planned. will order the trex decking tomorrow night. also got
some organizing around the house done. bought a bosch rotary hammer. big
purchase, only the tablesaw has been more expensive. found a new one for
$190 less than it would have been if i bought it at home depot, though,
so it was a good deal. overall a decently productive weekend.
orlando blew a opportunity
to make it a series, but lee missed the open layup and they lost the game.
down 2-0 they don't have a chance.
roy halladay is definitely
my favorite baseball player. he really hasn't gotten much recognition until
this season. he's a workhorse who consistently pitches full games, gets
plenty of strikeouts, avoids injury, and dominates batters. great player.
the days i look forward
to since we've gotten the house: pay day, trash day, the next day off.
i'm always waiting for one of those days. there is always something to
put in the trash, always something to do on the next day off and always
something to buy when i get paid. that's been my life the last 5 months.
stepped on a rusty nail
earlier today. that kinda sucked. foot hurts, but it'll probably be fine.
got my tetanus shot about 6 years ago so i'm in the clear there. always
wondered how that whole 10 year thing works. does it always last exactly
10 years, or is that the minimum or what?
is the kind of thing that people would probably say "only in america" to,
but it was first created in china and appears to be as popular abroad as
in the u.s.
the opening that we created
to fix the dryrot has been closed up and is ready for stucco and (hopefully)
the door. i've decided that i'll install the door first, then start the
stucco, then do the deck.
this weekend i hope to
get the door installed, a coat of stuco on the patch, and the drywall in
the kitchen all ready for the mud/tape process.
lakers are the most talented
team in the nba. i have little doubt that they'll win the series, but i
think the magic could push it to six games.
rained two nights ago and
was supposed to rain last night and today. so far nothing. that's good.
yesterday we chipped out
the stucco where the deck used to be and exposed the cripple wall holding
up the south end of the kitchen floor joists. we built a temporary wall
to shore up the floor joist and then cut away the rotten cripple wall.
turned out that the mudsill was rotten in parts too, so we took that out
as well. put in a new mudsill, sistered on new floor joists to the old
ones which were rotten on their ends, and built a new cripple wall. took
out the temporary wall and now everything is being held up by the new structure.
a pretty simple process overall, but it takes time and it can be nerve-wracking
when you're cutting away a wall that once held up a large part of the exterior
wall and interior floor. next step is to finish the sheathing, weatherproofing,
and get a coat of stucco on.
finally updated the movie
reviews. also updated the recommendations.
been better about watching
movies lately, but worse about reviewing them. have about a dozen to review...
one step forward, two steps
back. got the laundry room wall done-ish. the bad wood is out and the good
wood is in. it's fairly well-weatherproofed and the drywall is up. the
utility sink and washer/dryer are functional. with the drywall in it looks
like an actual space now. still need to mud and tape and paint and put
up the countertop (for folding clothes) and utility cabinets. further down
the line is redoing the ceiling and flooring.
the two steps back part
came today when we started installing the kitchen door and discovered far
more rot than expected. major rot issues there led us to demolish the stairway
(the one which was once our primary entrance point). so, that's two decks
gone in a week. we still have two means of egress, though, so that's probably
okay. we'll have to get a rotohammer and chip away about 15 sq. feet of
stucco to expose the exterior side of the rotted structure. shore up the
floor joists, remove rotted cripple wall members and replace everything.
then restucco, rebuild the deck and install the door. what a pain in the
ass. this is definitely the biggest surprise of our renovation so far.
we'll see if the understructure in the bathroom is worse...
cavs were completely exposed
against the magic. mike brown has to be the most overrated coach in the
league. what kind of offensive genius does it take to tell his players
to give the ball to lebron and stand around watching him work? if he passes
it to you and you're open, take the shot. otherwise pass it back. they
play a lot of one-on-one basketball and the team lacks ball movement or
any kind of offensive structure. defensively they're decent.
watching cavs game. they
blew a big lead and are now in a dog fight. pathetic, one man team. mike
brown was the coach of the year and i consider him highly overrated as
a result. adelman did a lot more given his circumstances.
started doing the drywall
in the kitchen the other day. finished the ceiling today. having a drywall
lift helps a lot. i was able to do the entire ceiling by myself. we bought
the lift knowing we could sell it later and use it on a few projects in
the meantime. it'll easily pay for itself as a day's rental costs about
a fourth of the purchase price and we should be able to get at least half
the purchase price back upon resale.
need to update the movies
list, seen several since the last update.
hope to be real productive
this weekend. we tore down the back deck the other day so that's the next
side project on the horizon. also started doing some demo on the bathroom
because meryl's dad was around and we figured we may as well get as much
help as possible. finishing up the laundry room should happen this weekend.
also hope to get the kitchen door installed.
jon came over today to
check out the progress. sometimes it seems like there hasn't been any progress.
i think that feeling comes mostly from the fact that the kitchen hasn't
come along as quickly as i would have liked. 5-23-09 (17:17)
had a little issue with
the flooring the other day. a while back i looked at it and thought it
looked more red than i thought white oak should look. we did some investigating
and realized that the white oak that we ordered was actually red oak. lame.
took it back today and got a replacement. lucky us that they took it back
since we bought it months ago. now we have to wait for the new stuff to
tomorrow we'll work on
the laundry room exterior wall. need to cut part of it out, weatherproof
it and get it ready for stucco on the outside and drywall on the inside.
waiting for the drywall
lift to start the drywall in the kitchen.
cavs game last night was
crazy. they blew a 20 point lead and hedo hit a great shot to pull ahead
by 2 with 1.0 seconds left. lebron got the inbound pass at the top of the
three point line, turned around and made the game winner before time expired.
he's on my all-time team already. he just needs to learn to play more consistent
finally installed the front
door on wednesday. that was a long time coming. first one i've done. it's
not perfect - space between door and jamb is uneven, but it's functional.
not real certain why the jamb is off the way it is. still need to do the
finishing touches like the trim, stucco, painting, and patching the cement
more pictures of the tree
rockets lost, that was
predictable, but unfortunate. lakers are a good team when kobe plays team
basketball and the others get involved early. the rebounding discrepancy
and height advantage were the stories of the game to me. i knew going in
that the rockets were going to have to have a great game, they didn't.
meryl's graduation was
yesterday. the ceremony itself was long and hot and full of long winded
people who were full of hot air. not really, it just sounded good. she's
done a good job so yesterday was a nice way of acknowledging that she's
done with papers and homework.
luke, vern, ryan, and claire
came over to watch the game and work on taking down the monkey tree in
we watched the first half
of the game and then showed claire the house. afterwards we went outside
and plotted ways of taking down the tree. the neighbors weren't at home
so getting onto their property to place the ladder and rope was out of
the question. nevertheless we moved forward. i got on the ladder and took
down some of the branches. with them out of the way we got the rope around
the trunk of the tree. after some discussions on strategy and assigning
roles to the various people involved (luke was captain of the five people
pulling on the rope to persuade the tree away from the house, i was operating
the chainsaw), we went to work. i started a wedge cut about four feet up
from grade level while the five of them pulled taut on the rope to apply
tension to the tree from the get go. after a bit of work i got the front
wedge out of the tree. then the fun began. at this point a passerby in
a minivan had stopped in the middle of the road to watch. i cut evenly
from behind the trunk, towards the center of the wedge. shortly i heard
the tree begin to break. i took a step back and watched it fall parallel
to the face of the house. guided by luke's call to pull hard the five of
them pulled on the rope which eased the tree just far enough away from
the house to make for a successful felling. in falling it took out one
bush up front, but we have hopes that it will survive. it didn't hit the
water main or the power lines and only some of the branches grazed the
front of the house, leaving no visible damage. after we exchanged high
fives. luke and i worked on cutting up the trunk into 3 foot pieces while
the other four broke off the branches and piled them along the side of
the house. if you didn't know better and had seen it from afar, it would
have looked like we had done this many times before. truth be told, luke
and i had taken down one chinese elm before which was bigger, but not as
precariously positioned as this one. in a matter of minutes the tree was
gone off our front lawn and in pieces on the side of the house. now we
have a stump in the front and several containers worth of branches on the
side of our house. easily saved a few hundred bucks and had a good time
in the process. many hands make light work.
got the door hardware installed
today. will install the strike plate after i hang it.
john comes up from la this
weekend. luke is also going to be in town to help ryan move and he'll be
by to help me cut down the tree in our front yard. it's going to be a somewhat
complex felling. the tree is leaning over the house and has a bend in the
trunk. the initial bend of the tree has it leaning away from the house
and then about six feet up the bend goes towards the house. i've estimated
the tree to be 32-35 feet tall. our power line is about 39 feet away. if
we cut it lower then i think it'll be easier to get it to fall away from
the house (because of that initial bend away from the street in the thickest
part of the trunk). if we cut it higher then we won't have to worry at
all about it hitting any power lines, but it'll be tougher to get it to
fall away from the house. if we could get a couple ropes high on the tree
then i would worry less about the possibility of it landing on the house.
absolute worst case scenario would be it falling in the opposite direction
that i plan on pulling it: into the neighbor's power line and onto her
house. more likely bad outcomes: it falls on our house, it's taller than
i thought and hits our power line. we'll see how it goes.
meryl's graduation ceremony
is also this weekend.
rockets couldn't buy a
bucket in last night's game. obviously they need to win the next two. they're
capable of winning at home and extending the series, but game 7 is tough.
they don't have a superstar to rely on in the crunch. no mcgrady, no yao.
they're also really lean on the interior. hurts their defense as well as
their offense and rebounding on both ends. yao is the tallest player in
the nba and mutumbo is probably in the top five. both are out. gotta feel
sorry for rick adelman who continues to have shit luck. first with the
trailblazers when they got to the finals twice and lost to the bulls and
pistons, i believe. then he had some great years with the kings and lost
to shaq and kobe, was the victim of a clear conspiracy on the part of the
nba and refs which cost them the series, and also had a bad case of the
injury bug - webber and bibby both missing time. now he's with the rockets
and has two of the most injury-prone stars in the league. mcgrady being
#1 in the league (you can bet he'll miss significant games every single
rockets clearly don't have
the talent with those three guys injured. they try harder and play better
defense (which i've always felt is more about game time effort than any
other single attribute). offense is about preparation and skill and agility
and 'x's and 'o's, but trying harder isn't going to make the ball go into
the basket more often. rockets are definitely a more fun team to watch
than the lakers. hate the lakers.
plan on installing the
front door next wednesday. that'll be a long time coming. i think a lot
more progress is going to be made in the coming weeks now that meryl will
finally be done with all the school-related stuff and there aren't any
visits from friends and family on the weekend coming up.
kitchen: door, drywall,
paint, floor, cabinets, range hood, countertop, tile, sink, etc. laundry
room: exterior wall rebuild and weatherproof, insulate, drywall, paint.
went on the roof today
to take a look at the tree from that angle. the roof is a lot more steep
than i had anticipated which limits access to the tree. also makes me rethink
doing any work on the roofing myself. perhaps demo, but nothing else. difficult
conditions to say the least.
watched several episodes
of frontline while working on the door. great stuff.
magic appear to be the
most poorly coached team in the nba playoffs. they had a big lead twice
against the bulls and wasted it. saw the game last night and thought it
a pathetic coaching job. if rick adelman went to the east with orlando
he'd have a clear shot to the finals against the cavs. much easier road
than going through the lakers and nuggets. magic should fire van gundy.
people are starting to
realize that the swine flu was a bunch of hype. hilarious.
got a good amount done
today. meryl helped all day and we got the drain for the laundry room in
as well as putting in the gas supply. we are almost able to do a load of
laundry. we still need a vent for the dryer, but that'll come in a couple
weeks because it involves a lot of other work on the exterior wall (water
damage). also need to add some support for some of the drain pipe and gas
pipe. some fine tuning tomorrow and we should be basically in business.
hate the lakers. rockets
have to win the next one or they're done. david stern is probably going
to get his way, though, and it'll be a lebron/kobe finals.
lakers game was trash.
crawford had it in for artest and threw him out based upon reputation.
so, as he judged artest prematurely, i judge him prematurely - he doesn't
like artest and wanted an excuse to throw him out. he's done this before
with tim duncan (and was suspended by the league) so i have cause to believe
this. asshole. david stern wants a kobe/lebron finals and won't let the
rockets or anyone else get in the way of that outcome. asshole. rockets
are doomed because the chips are stacked against them. nba sucks.
rockets-lakers game was
a good one. rockets are my favorite team right now. they have adelman and
artest (ex-kings) as well as battier (one of the best defenders in the
league) and yao (solid player, no nonsense type of game). brooks was a
joy to watch and had a big game. rebounding was awful, but the rockets
got the win. would love to see adelman pull off a win against his rivals.
realistically they're a player away from being real contenders. mcgrady
is not that player. would love to see more offense run through yao like
adelman did with divac. yao isn't as good a passer, but he's bigger and
an adequate passer. rockets actually play defense so that's fun to watch
got a pretty good arc welder
on craigslist yesterday for $60. pretty sweet deal. will come in handy
from time to time. 5-1-09 (18:04)
rockets made the second
round of the playoffs, that's good news. artest is better than mcgrady.
got the front door framed
and it's waiting to be hung in the opening. need to get the opening prepped.
not sure exactly what i'm going to do with the sill.
ran a new circuit to the
laundry room, need to add a couple outlets.
still need to rehang the
door in the kitchen as well as insulate. main goal this weekend, though,
is getting the front door in.
it's fucking raining again.
hate that shit. makes everything slower and more messy. wouldn't be able
to survive as a contractor in seattle.
swine flu is way overrated.
according to the WHO numbers i got today the mortality rate is like 3%
for those that get it and not that many people have gotten it. wake me
up when a 1,000 people have died.
totally psyched about the
crabtree pick for the niners. of all the guys in the draft crabtree may
have been the one on the top of my wishlist as a niners fan. not sold on
any of the qbs as a sure thing so the receiver position was next on the
wish list. crabtree was the best wr i saw last year. also like nicks.
nate davis is also a good
pick up in the later rounds. people were excited about him early so he's
a good value in the fifth round. not sure about the rb pick up in the second
round. would have liked a defensive lineman instead.
did some work for my boss's
boss today. electrical, took a few hours. then went to class. then went
to another guy's house and did a little plumbing. they're redoing part
of the bathroom and wanted me to install the new toilet and sink. i need
to start charging more for this stuff because it drags me away from the
house and frankly you can't get a plumber or electrician in your house
for under $100/hour.
yesterday was relatively
productive. took the front door to the door guy to frame. should be done
got the new range hood.
we had looked around at appliance stores and online and weren't able to
find anything for a long time. finally, meryl found one online. i saw that
they were based in hayward so we saved $60 on shipping. it's exactly what
we wanted - good style, good power, quiet, and cheap. can finally rough
in the electrical for that. then gotta rehang the kitchen door (a pain),
insulate, and hang the drywall.
also constructed the arch
detail for the pass through to the tv room and entryway between the breakfast
nook and kitchen.
elsewhere we still need
to do a lot before the laundry is up and running. back garden is looking
good. got a new game plan for the garage, but still need to figure out
what's happening with the floor/foundation.
finished making the raised
vegetable bed on sunday. mom helped with everything and the three of us
were able to clear the area, get the bed built and everything planted in
just one day. feels like the first done project so far.
will hopefully take the
front door to get framed today.
working for other people
dad visited sunday. it
was a short visit, but he got to see the house.
mom is coming up thursday.
she's going to give some pointers on the garden front so that'll be good.
had lunch with my old boss
today. he's still working on the kitchen at the alumni house.
painted the first coat
on the door today. still need to patch some holes then i can really paint
it up. that's on the docket for tomorrow.
thursday we're going on
a shopping spree. got a 10% off coupon at home depot. those are rare so
we're going to take advantage of it.
hope to get the door framed
next week, we'll see how that goes.
windy today. hate wind
more than any other normal weather event. rain isn't great. snow is fine.
sun is fine.
updated movie stuff.
did taxes last night. hate
that as much as looking for a new job. looks like i'll get some money back
this year, though, so that's nice.
did invoicing at work today.
the new girl is a scatterbrain who can't get stuff done in a timely manner
so i've gotta help out.
heard about a study that
showed that color blind workplaces don't work as well as those that celebrate
diversity and acknowledge the differences of the workers. they talked on
npr about the tight rope one has to walk because people want to be noticed
as different, but also want to be judged on their own. good show.
started work on the laundry
room because i cleared that area of the tools. probably shouldn't have
done it because now it's a distraction from other things, namely the kitchen.
there were some problems in the laundry room - one side has fallen about
1-2 inches out of level - in part because of water damage that deteriorated
the structure underneath that corner of the addition. ended up leaving
the building where it is and replacing the underlying structure. now i
need to replace the part of the exterior wall that was damaged and i may
as well stucco over it while i'm at it. that added a few days to my workload.
roughed in the cold water
supply to the laundry room today. one line for the future utility sink
and one line for the washer. still need to do two hot water lines, a gas
line, and (this is the bigger project) the drain. i have two options with
the drain - tap into the 2" copper drain that is underneath the nearby
bathroom sink, or tap into the 4" cast iron pipe that serves as the main
drain for the entire bathroom. tapping into the bigger drain is preferable,
but more costly and time consuming. haven't decided yet. may as well replace
the electrical that feeds that part of the addition while i'm in there,
kitchen is close-ish to
being closed up. gotta make a couple small plumbing tweaks and get the
range hood so i know where the electrical for that is going to go. after
that i have to fix that side door, then insulate and drywall.
painted one side of the
front door with primer today. used my hvlp sprayer for it. not in love
with hvlp sprayers. they're great on the one hand because they provide
precision, but they require a hefty air compressor and, since you have
to thin down the paint so much, also require multiple coats for adequate
coverage. think i'm going to just brush the rest of the door even though
that will also take a lot of time (because the door has 18 panels on each
side) and i don't like the brushed look as much as the sprayed look.
since when are we allowing
insane people who aren't able to keep a stable home to adopt kids who have
living family members who are willing and able to take care of them? i
guess when it's madonna it's somehow different. she's literally insane
and has been divorced like three times. she shouldn't be allowed to adopt
worked in the garage most
of the day. cleaned it out and made it more usable. built a large (4'x7')
workbench the other day which is already coming in handy. cleaned up the
other workbench that came with the garage. will replace the masonite top
when i get a chance. also started prepping the front door for paint. we
still don't have a front door in the opening, but at least we have a reasonably
sized front door now. sanded it down and cleaned it up. need to patch some
spots and do some sanding in the moldings. then prime, paint, get it framed
and hang it. easier said than done.
still bewildered by how
the garage has gotten to where it is. i don't know if the roof ridgeline
has fallen over time or what happened to that damn thing.
haven't been able to devote
much time to the house these days. working for other people mostly. alumni
house for charter gala on sunday, meryl last saturday, zalman (the electrician)
the last two days, etc. sunday is booked. might get some stuff done saturday.
next weekend my dad is visiting. mom the weekend after that.
worked the last couple
days for the electrician who did our service change. he needed some help
with a plumbing job he has going so i did that for the last day and a half.
didn't get any work done on the house and scratched my cornea in the process.
win some and you lose some. forgot my safety glasses at home. will try
not to do that again. hopefully tomorrow it'll be back to normal because
i have a busy day tomorrow.
yesterday jon came over
and helped with the garage project. problem: garage has three cross beams/joists
running from opposing top plates, all three have fallen off the top plate
on one side or the other. south wall is about 4 inches out of plumb. north
wall about 2 inches out of plumb. south wall is partially off the foundation.
solution: i rigged up a 4x4 in the middle of the garage and 2 2x8s on the
south wall. using two come-alongs we pulled on the wall. doing this we
were able to get the bottom of the south wall back on the foundation. replaced
part of the mudsill and attached it to the foundation and rest of the south
wall. we were unable to get the top of the wall any significant amount
closer to the north wall. after jon left i extended the cross beams by
sistering a 2x4 to them. this sistered 2x4 now rests on the top plate on
all three beams. they're attached to the top plates using hurricane ties.
overall it was a mixed results type of day. i really would have liked to
get the south wall within 2 inches of plumb, but that was not to be. even
if i had adopted the word for word plan of the engineer i don't think that
the come alongs would have had enough power to move the wall. the wall
itself isn't the problem, it's more that in trying to move it we were trying
to move the entire roof and west wall that became a problem. the good news
is that the band-aid that we applied should make the structure a little
more stout. it's now at least partially attached to the foundation and
the cross beams are holding the roof together a lot more than they were
when they were dangling in the middle of the garage. ultimately this project
is probably going to require a professional to lift the building, replace
the slab foundation, and straighten it. no idea how much that would cost
or if there is an easier way to get: 1) the building straight 2) a new
foundation (which is badly cracked and not at all flat/level).
didn't do any work on the
house today. next priorities are: tying up a couple small loose ends with
the garage. finalizing the plumbing (hook up rough-ins to main water supply)
and electrical (hook some things up to the panel, rough in power for the
range hood, which i completely forgot about) in the kitchen. moving onto
the next phase in the kitchen.
it's really useful to be
able to do this stuff. there are definitely plenty of things i can't do
and plenty of gaps in my knowledge, but i think i have the broad strokes
down at this point.
dad was supposed to come
up to visit this weekend, but has bad headaches so that didn't happen.
worked on meryl's project
with her two dads for about six hours yesterday. built a makeshift roof,
covered it in cloth and built a couple hanging stands for the projectors.
she's working on the finishing touches today. she threw her back out last
night while sneezing, though, so that's going to be tough. thankfully i
haven't thrown my back out in a while.
friday was a day off for
the alumni house staff, but i went in and worked on the slate project.
got 5 big pieces in so that was a success. the slate project isn't near
done, but i've taken care of all the major, visible patches so that's nice.
also worked on a fire safety issue. a productive day.
the tournament hasn't been
as good this year. my teams have all sucked, there haven't been many big
upsets, there just isn't an interesting narrative to the tourney thus far.
allergies continue to kill.
have tried many methods, but nothing has worked so far. i'm going to run
the air purifier more often. have tried all sorts of otc drugs as well
as local/organic honey. next up, standing on my head while chanting the
hare krishna mantra. that or just toughing it out.
plumbing has been more
of a pain than anticipated.
meryl's almost done with
her project. that'll be good because she'll be less stressed and be able
to help with the house again.
need to do my taxes.
money doesn't grow on trees,
but when you sell blood and bone marrow it does grow in your body.
bulbs.com has good prices
and availability, but there seems to always be a problem with an order.
i've ordered several things from them for myself and the alumni house and
there's always a missed shipment or a broken bulb or something. that said,
they're good about fixing the problem.
found a lot of structure
problems under the old laundry room and the main bathroom. my guess is
that there was a steady leak in a toilet as well as one for the clothes
washer. when we do the bathroom (next big project) i'll have to reframe
a lot of the bathroom. that'll be interesting.
of all the types of pollution
i think that noise and light pollution are the most underrated.
didn't get much done on
the house this weekend. went to santa cruz yesterday to visit luke and
help him on his house. we ran an ethernet cable to his tv and i gave him
advice on all the things he should do. also played on the xbox and had
a good lunch. good visit.
did get the sink water
supply roughed in. ended up wasting most of my day moving the drain down
a few inches because we got a deep sink and garbage disposal. wanted to
make sure we're going to have enough pitch on the drain.
still need to run pipe
to the frig and work on the rough in for the bathroom which shares a wall
with the kitchen.
put up the sheathing for
the shear wall today. plumbed the gas pipe yesterday. wasn't able to do
the pressure test as i would have liked, i must have been doing something
wrong because i couldn't get any pressure in the system. did go under the
house and did a visual (water/soapy water) test on every connection in
the system. found one minor leak on the opposite end of the house, so it
wasn't associated with my work. took the fitting out, put some pipe dope
on it and tightened it up. all seems to be well. there was only one gas
connection to be made so that's done. took out some extraneous pipe. eventually
i might have to expand the system when we get a heating system (probably
will do that after the kitchen is done).
next will work on the water
supply for the sink and frig. shouldn't take too long, hopefully get that
done this weekend.
march madness is upon us.
this is the best time of the year for that reason and the daylight savings
worst time of the year
for allergies which are killing me right now. would love to have an allergist
run some tests so i know what to do/avoid, etc. we've gone through 4 boxes
of kleenex in 2 weeks. seems as though my allergies get worse every year.
none of the otc drugs i've tried have worked.
listen to car talk just
about every time i'm in the car. i download each new episode and i've gotten
a lot of older episodes using itunes gift cards.
ucla escaped tonight. i
knew that if they were going to win it was going to be with defense and,
sure enough, the last play was a great defensive stand with collison and
shipp coming up big. collison in particular did a great job guarding maynor.
"president" obama was featured on espn giving his bracket picks (baraka-tology).
he picked vcu over ucla as well. asshole. he's also going to be on jay
leno soon. the guy should get back to work, not sure why he's wasting his
time with distractions.
meryl's making me watch
tv guide's sexiest men in movie history. hope paul newman wins.
finished the rough electrical
today. not sure how to wire the under cabinet lighting because we haven't
purchased them yet.
also installed some blocking
for the overhead cabinets. should add some for the range hood as well.
after that and a couple small things i'll move onto the plumbing. after
that it'll be insulation and flooring time.
wired a few more circuits
today. one for the dishwasher, one for the garbage disposal (which i also
ran to an exterior receptacle for weed whacking and the like), and one
for the north wall outets (3 of them). need to run one more for the frig
and another for more outlets and the exterior light outside of the kitchen
entry door. also going to run one circuit for the undermount lighting.
after that i'll be done with the kitchen-related electrical, at least until
it comes time to hook up some of the lights at the very end of the project.
next up is plumbing. running
gas to the stove, which is currently only electric. running water to the
sink and 3/8" water to the frig (for the ice maker and water dispenser).
also discovered that it would be a good idea to address some of the rough
plumbing issues for the bathroom while the other side of the wall is exposed.
that'll add time now, but make life easier when the bathroom is renovated.
had planned on working
on the garage tomorrow, but it's slated to rain and meryl needs to use
it for school work.
pg&e showed up an hour
late. missed class, but we're officially done with pg&e so that's nice.
got to talking with the guy and he was actually pretty cool. talked about
his house in georgia and what he wants to do with it, talked about his
divorce, his racing, his wanting to travel the country, etc. he even knows
a neighbor of ours which was neat.
got a decent amount done
in the last couple days. wired a few outlets in the kitchen, finished the
wiring for the overhead lights in the kitchen, started getting rid of the
old clothes washer plumbing.
new kitchen window is in.
window from laundry room is out and patched. patched around the new kitchen
window until i ran out of stucco mix. would love to run to home depot to
pick some more up and finish the scratch coat, but i'm waiting for pg&e
to show up.
they said they'd show up
today, but they showed up yesterday and had a problem with the LB connector
at the base of the service head. eventually they just sealed it and rescheduled
the service appointment for today. it's after 3p and they're not here yet,
i'm guessing they forgot about me or something. this is the essence of
dealing with pg&e. monopolies are wonderful.
never got around to posting
my little tour of sodas:
leninade 7-14-08, 17:30.
smooth, not overly
carbonated, no syrupy texture, not very lemonade-y
sort of like an orange
cream soda, from el salvador. right amount of carbonation. more strange
boylan sugar cane cola
brewed smell, smooth,
more coke than pepsi, unrefined flavor
berghoff famous rootbeer
not too much different from average rootbeers like ibc
dr. browns cream soda
slightly too much carbonation,
high fructose corn syrup and you can tell. not wonderfully smooth. pretty
standard as far as cream soda goes.
san benedetto 7-25-08
pretty good orange
soda. has bits of orange (or something) in the soda that sorta freak you
out at first. nothing stunning. refreshing.
americana root beer
cream style 8-1-08 19:20
microbrew root beer
- only brew 600 gallons at a time. very unique flavor, smooth texture.
sassafras root, vanilla, and licorice flavors. complex flavor, yet can
still be enjoyed to quench thirst. pure cane sugar. right amount of carbonation.
lemonade 8-8-08 19:30
a fermented lemon drink
that is brewed with ginger and herb extracts. smells and tastes like a
lemon beer, though it has only .5% alcohol by volume. the brewed flavor
drowns out everything else for me, not enjoyable.
route 66 root beer
pretty standard root
beer to my taste buds. about as good as ibc, maybe a little smoother. metallic
cock n' bull ginger
soda 8-10-08 20:12
powerful taste, not
smooth like ginger ale. too much ginger. couldn't finish this one.
mason's root beer 8-10-08
smooth root beer from
sunkist float (orange
and cream) 8-11-08 20:15
creamy, slightly carbonated
half and half bar flavor. good.
green river 8-13-08
sort of a cross between
sprite and ginger ale. a nice, solid, basic soda.
solid cola, better
hank's root beer 8-17-08
creamy, good root beer.
one of the better ones so far.
red ribbon root beer
brewed root beer that
didn't do too much for me.
ramune melon flavor
coolest thing about
this soda is the process involved with opening it. you take off the cap
and push it down to pierce the top. this shoots a little marble from the
top into the bottle. interesting. the soda itself is decent enough, but
nothing special. it's all about the bottle here.
sold some white blood cells
today. helped pay some bills. also doing bone marrow this month. should
actually be out of the hole by the end of the month.
finished installing the
can lights in the kitchen. they're on 3 way switches which made it a little
more complicated. miswired one of the lights, but it worked fine after
i fixed that.
selling some blood tomorrow.
definitely need the money. it seems all i do is work on ,think about, and
spend money on the house.
the new kitchen window. not done yet because it started raining pretty
updated the academy
page. did the recap.
can't sleep, allergies
killing me. probably the down comforter. didn't have any allergies until
i was about 25.
got the recessed lights
in. started wiring them up, may finish tomorrow or i may watch a movie.
maybe both. three way switches on either side of the lights makes it a
little more difficult. overall, though, the can lights have been insanely
simple to install. i really enjoy electrical work because it's some of
the most gratifying work you can do. it's tough at times, but, unlike painting,
it feels like you're always moving in the right direction. painting is
good for the final result, but prep work and going over the room several
times (once to clean, once to remove hardware, once to sand, once to patch
holes, once to sand patches, once to spot prime, once to mask key areas,
once for the first coat, once for the second coat, once for the touch ups,
once for taking off the masking) gets really obnoxious. when you're done
with a wiring project you've got light where there once was none. plus,
anyone thinks they can paint, but not everyone is willing to even touch
electrical work. it's also a more cerebral job - how do a i wire a three
way or four way switch, where am i going to run the romex, what size circuit
will i need for an appliance that uses 2200 watts, what does the code say
about stapling requirements, what size box should i use for 5 pieces of
14/2 romex, etc.? if you don't get those things right then it's a bit more
serious than being able to see roller marks on the ceiling.
nice to have a president
you can respect. it feels like my entire adult life has been marred by
that last idiot's rule. the office of the presidency is actually relevant
again. i don't agree with everything obama stands for or has done, but
he's at least respectable. you can have a conversation with the guy. frankly,
i think he's a better leader/speaker than nader, but that's about the only
area where i think he's superior. if i had my way i'd have nader pulling
obama's strings. obama selling nader's policies. that said, given the fear-addled
state of our economy, being a great leader may be the most important quality
going forward. so much of this crap is a downward spiral and feedback loop
of fear. the media says we're in a recession so everyone stops spending
money. then the media reports that so people start laying workers off and
tightening budgets. the media reports that and we all start pulling money
out of the banks and they collapse. i'm not saying there aren't serious
flaws in the economy (there are), but i do think that a lot of this is
worsened by people's overreaction to it. since most people are essentially
sheep, it's very possible that the most valuable thing right now would
be to have someone who we trust say everything is going to be okay, the
only thing we have to fear is fear itself, go spend money. obama can do
that better than nader regardless of the fact that he's already pushed
back his withdrawal of troops from iraq timeline or has had several cabinets
appointments go sour or pulled lobbyists into his administration against
his campaign promise. i used to feel that the president needed to be a
good leader to those in the white house and an intelligent policy thinker.
but with the financial crisis i'm learning that sometimes idiots (i.e.,
the majority of the population) just need a good team captain to rally
the team together after an interception.
meanwhile, the republicans
are looking like a bunch of assholes by holding out votes and refusing
to bring anything of substance to the table. they're also looking like
complete panderers with guys like their new chair (steele) and jindal (who
gave the response to obama the other day). they look as lost now as the
dems did just a couple years ago.
put together a couple saw
horses today. built at least partially from stuff that was laying around
the garage which is nice.
didn't go to my class today.
cleaned up the garage and
got another pull board on the leaning wall. next i'll need to attach the
4x4s to the foundation, jack up the cross members and start pulling the
wall back into position. that'll be a big day.
next step in the kitchen
is to rewire the lighting in the dining room and breakfast nook. after
i get that sorted out i'll wire the kitchen lights and outlets. after electrical
i'll do the plumbing, replace the rotten wood and close up the walls. could
use some drywalling practice and i'm going to get plenty of it.
rained almost the entire
last 3-4 days which slowed down some of our activities on the house.
we have about half a dozen
leaky spots in the roof which means we now have at least as many pots,
bowls, and buckets catching drips in the attic and the first floor.
framing is essentially
done. still need to replace some rotten wood. might need to frame the opening
for the window. also have some sheathing to put up, but the substantial
framing is done. started working on the electrical yesterday. we bought
some can lights and insulation. will also work on the plumbing in the coming
weeks. yesterday was productive. i worked for 12 hours and felt like we
got a decent amount done. even worked a bit on the garage, just laying
the groundwork for pulling it back into position.
today was less productive.
ran errands and haven't gotten any actual work done yet.
cabinets arrived today.
look pretty good. kitchen isn't nearly ready for them yet.
updated house pictures
missed the pro bowl today.
it's usually not very exciting anyway.
saw ucla cream notre dame
yesterday. first ncaa basketball of the season so far. they looked good.
aboya is improved and holiday is as advertised. with kevin love they would
have had a shot at the title again.
made decent progress on
the kitchen. demo is done and started framing.
originally the kitchen
was a small boxed in room between the dining room, breakfast nook, and
laundry room. yesterday i tore down the walls to the laundry and breakfast
rooms. today we tore down most of the wall to the living room. we framed
up a bit of that wall, but still need to construct the knee wall. tomorrow
i'll do that and hopefully frame up one of the other walls as well. also
need to do some lawn maintenance. reason i have tomorrow off is because
the cabinets are coming.
going to try to watch as
many of the aa nominated pictures as possible before the awards. i've seen
all the best pic noms so far so that's good.
kitchen demo is almost
done. i took down two of the walls today, one more to go. it's a lot more
open now with the pocket doors out. hopefully tomorrow we'll get the wall
separating the tv room and the kitchen down. would also like to get some
electrical done. also need to finish making the hall closet organizer.
started ripping up the
rest of the floor in the kitchen. actually it's the floor in the old laundry
room, but it'll be part of the kitchen in the future. laundry room will
go where the tools are when the garage is done so the tools can go there.
if the inspector had seen the state of the kitchen we'd be working on getting
drawings together for the city. we'd also be saving our nickels to pay
for the permits. the city may or may not have been cool with the plan (which
includes drastically altering three walls) and could have required an engineer
or architect (or both) to sign off on our plans. it could have cost us
an extra $1000.
electrical inspector came
by today. apparently we picked the right electrical contractor because
the inspector knew him well. he told us some stories, looked at the main
panel, asked if the grounds were properly bonded and then wrote the approval
sticker and left. whew. dodged a bullet. now it's time to move on with
superbowl is supposed to
start right about now.
we've been busy moving
stuff into their places. got the bedroom closet up and running. i built
a custom shoe rack for meryl and we attached it to the wall and mounted
a couple bars for hanging clothes. cleaned the bathroom. started prepping
the garage for the work that needs to be done there.
updating the photos page.
might be uploaded by tomorrow morning (its several gigs so it takes a long
time). usually takes a couple hours just to run the update.
steelers by 5.
realized what revolutionary
road was missing: a strong, smart producer who could have strategically
nudged things in the right direction. it was just one person away from
being the best film of the year.
got the camera to work:
the backyard, no more
ivy on the fence.
the living room, hardwood
acclimating to the house. it'll be a while before it goes in though.
tv room. ran a new
circuit to the arched alcove. it also runs to the office. has ethernet,
satellite, and power outlets. sweet.
nothing is working right
try to charge my phone
and it says "usb charging not available." try to hook up my ipod to my
truck's radio and the ipod adaptor i got isn't compatable with my radio
(i called the company prior to ordering, just to make sure, turns out they
were wrong). i try to sell some baseball cards on ebay and i get the biggest
dickhead in my long (11 years+) ebay history. my camera doesn't communicate
with my computer anymore (it did two weeks ago). this is just the tip of
the iceberg. everything i've done since moving into this house seems to
be cursed. i don't get it.
been pretty busy with the
electrical inspection is
probably next wednesday. hopefully the inspector doesn't raise a fuss about
all the other work being done in the house and just looks at the new electrical
and signs off on it.
going to take some hazardous
materials to the alameda county disposal site today.
yesterday was a productive
day. got the internet situation sorted out - they gave our internet service
to someone who was going to get our original new number. when the number
was changed to our new new number they forgot to hook up the dsl with it.
it should be on by tomorrow. got power to both the bedrooms and their closets.
it's on an afci circuit breaker which conforms to code. we still don't
have real power to the office or the add-on (which is where all the tools
are right now). the garage has temporary, illegally connected power. getting
power to the garage on a more permanent basis will be a long project costing
a few hundred bucks. plan on running a dedicated #6 line out there with
a subpanel so it has a 220v circuit and a few more 120v circuits. it'll
be a proper woodshop setup. also setup a dedicated circuit to the tv area,
so now it has a new 15amp circuit all for itself instead of running off
the old knob and tube wiring.
finances are tight and
will be for a few months at least.
so far it seems as though
obama has been doing some good things. the stimulus package didn't get
any republican votes which, to me, means the bipartisan feel that everyone
was reporting was basically bullshit. in this regard he doesn't seem to
have changed anything and it seems as though his "mandate" (by modern standards)
doesn't count for much. it mostly, though, makes the republicans look like
john roberts is a moron.
i'll be glad to not have
to hear about bush anymore. not having to hear about him is worth him getting
off scot-free for his various war crimes and abuses of power.
would like to get moved
into the new place by sunday, but not sure that that'll happen. would also
like to get some of the preliminary work for the garage done. the front
door is going to be a challenge. the rough opening isn't large enough so
i might need to do some creative things to make it work.
gotta like the steelers
in the super bowl. i almost always bet on the best defense when it comes
to championship situations.
apple sold more ipods and
iphones than expected. it would reason that microsoft (as the budget computer
software provider) would do better in these times than apple, but the opposite
is true. that's true, i think, because apple buyers aren't normal consumers,
they're members of a cult. they're like cal fans or obama lovers or people's
temple members - reality isn't as important belief. apple buyers also tend
to be richer in the first place so the economic downturn doesn't effect
them as much.
stressed out as usual.
trying to do too much for too many people and don't have the time or resources
to get it all done.
updated the best of the
year. finally added the best
singles and best albums.
electrical service is mostly
done at this point. demo on kitchen is done and we did most of the demo
in the laundry room. shouldn't have started that, though, because the subpanel
is in there and i'm afraid the inspector is going to make us jump through
all sorts of hoops after seeing the state it's in. potentially a critical
mistake that could cost hundreds of bucks (permit fees) and 1-2 months
because of trips to city hall, waiting for the inspectors, and the learning
curve. i thought about it at one point, but then had my blinders on when
we were doing demo and continued it outside of the kitchen. stupid.
all sorts of little projects
to do which include trips to the hardware store which slows everything
down. once the garage is in good condition i think many of those trips
will be cut out because i'll be able to stock the garage with the necessities
(plywood, mdf, dimensional lumber, etc.).
demolished the kitchen
this weekend. meryl's dad came yesterday to help for a few hours. the kitchen
is almost completely down to the bare bones. there are a couple square
feet of flooring left to do, but we got too tired tonight to finish. pretty
sure they have asbestos, too.
jon, monique, johnny, leigh,
and ryan all came over today. arrived at more or less the same time, too,
which wasn't at all planned.
took two runs to the dump,
tore apart the ceiling, got most of the floor done, sold a mirror, got
some cheap window coverings, and found a place (urban ore) for the cabinets
sore, got a blister and
my hands and arms have little nicks all over them from the lath nails.
overall a good weekend.
yesterday's playoffs were
decent. haven't seen today's yet.
movie watching the first
couple months of this year is going to be pathetic.
updated the top
ten of the year. didn't finish the music portion, will try to do that
finally got around to finishing
the top ten films of the year. will work on top music of the year this
apparently i needed to
include pictures of the fireplaces. here they are, along with the lamp
my dad had made for me which is an homage to "a christmas story."
wrote to bill plaschke
of the la times (and pardon the interruption on espn) yesterday and pointed
out that usc has been within one play of winning every game they have played
since 2002. why no one has brought this up is beyond me. he wrote back
and said it was a great point.
working on the house most
of the day. still cleaning and moving, haven't torn into it at all yet.
cleaned out the attic, rest of the house is pretty good now. will do some
landscaping this weekend to make it more presentable.
front door, new electrical
service, gut kitchen, fix garage. those are the first four.
i don't like it when teams
go for 2 point conversions with more than 4-5 minutes left in the game.
osu went for a 2 pointer with over 7 minutes left when they were down by
two. obviously they wanted to tie the game with a single play and the announcers
supported the decision. they didn't convert. afterwards they held texas
to no points and ended up getting a touchdown. osu was now down by 4 points.
had they taken the free point they would be down 5 and be in a position
where a 2 pointer could land them up by 7. they went for 2 again and failed
again. my point is that you don't know what is going to happen later in
the game so you should take the points when you can get them. only go for
2 when it's necessary or you have some sort of trick up your sleeve. we'll
see what happens.
well, i was right. osu
lost by 3 points, 24-21. had they gotten the extra point the first time
then they could have either gone for 2 to be up by 7 or gone for 1 and
been up 1. when texas scored later they would have either been tied or
down by one. either way they would have been a field goal away from winning.
as it was they were a field goal away from tying, big difference if you
ask me. in sum, taking the extra points gives you options, going for 2
point conversions is risky and takes options off the table; they should
be reserved for desperate times.
osu found a way to lose
another big game. osu stinks in the post season (probably in part because
of the 6 week lay off). big ten also proved that they are the worst of
the big conferences. they're on par with the acc or big east at this point.
where was chris wells by the way? what a chump.
rose bowl was pretty good.
game was over after the first half. usc actually played their worst second
half of the year. they just didn't seem to take it real seriously in the
second half, they were coasting. of course the worst half of the year was
the first half of the oregon state game. that was the half that ruined
2008 was a bad year for
updates. updated less than any year since 1999. need to work on that.
currently working on a
best movies of 2008 list. also on best music of the year. getting the house,
though, has slowed everything else in life. haven't seen a movie yet this
year, for example.
hectic last week or so.
been working on cleaning out the house and moving stuff in one car load
at a time. cleaned out the crawl space today. picked out a front door yesterday.
bought a new dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer yesterday. we've got
two leaks that i'll have to take care of this week. progress on the house
is really going to slow down once school starts. top priorities are getting
a new electrical service, getting the front door installed, getting the
kitchen gutted and back up and running. that last one is a big project.
the garage repair will probably coincide with the kitchen renovation since
there will be time when we're waiting on cabinets or countertops to be
fabricated/delivered. the garage has fallen off the slab foundation, the
roof rafters are broken or have fallen off the top plate and the foundation
is cracked and completely out of level. should be fun.