Archives: January 2002

Working On Floors

Rich came over Tuesday night and we finished ripping up the foyer and the entryway. Last night I went back over and removed more of the baseboards and ripped up some of the plywood that’s still around the edges of the room. I still need to get the baseboards in the living room and then

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Celebrity Tattoos

Cool: Celebrity Tattoos. On Sunday I finished the ripping up the living room and most of the foyer, with Gary’s help. Good thing in the foyer; where the window was broken, all the plywood was rotten and molding. If I hadn’t decided to rip it up, it would have been a huge mold problem in

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living room work

Rich came over last night at helped me pull up the plywood floor in the living room…. discovered two things: 1) I’m definitely doing the right thing pulling up all the crap floor to get at the hard wood. 2) It might take longer than I thought. The floor in the living room looks… right.

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Don’t Leave the Baby Out in the Rain

I had a dream last night that I was babysitting for people I didn’t know, and I accidentally left the baby out in the rain. Then the parents came home, and said, hey, where’s the baby? And I went out and found it in the backyard. It was soaking wet, but in good shape. Although

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I can’t tell an anecdote anymore

Okay it’s creeping me out a bit the number of people who I’ve started to tell a story to, and they say, “yeah, I read that on your site.” First because I’m scared that my friends actually check my journal regularly, and second, that I’m ruining all my small talk. I can’t tell the same

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Removing drop ceilings, ripping up floors

Last night I ripped out the rest of the drop ceiling in the living room. Above it, someone had blown in cotton insulation (three garbage bags full), which I had to bag and take to the attic for later dispersal. And I carried all the panels for the drop ceiling out to the backyard, along

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Chocolate Cake Frosting

From the kitchen of: Pat Mineart. Goes with my mom’s Chocolate Crazy Cake, or Chocolate “Save A Day” Cake. 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter 1/2 cup cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar Combine dry ingredients, add liquids. Add more milk to thin or sugar

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I’m a homeowner!

So I closed this afternoon on the house. I’m officially a homeowner! That’s “home OWNER” not “homo”…. I was officially one of those years ago. (My brother Todd pointed out that joke.) So I immediately went to the house and started taking out the drop ceiling in the living room and pulling up the carpets.

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Rob at Cockeyed.com

This is a very fun website: http://www.cockeyed.com/. This guy makes paper maché stuff, cool costumes, and tests how much whiz there is in a cheese whiz can. Cool. He covered his entire car with aluminum foil, just to see how much of his car he could cover with one package. He made a “paparazzi” costume

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settlement statement

Just got my settlement statement telling me how much I owe at closing. BIG HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF. Yep, that number works for me.

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Dear Mr. Robertson

Dear Mr. Robertson, by Mighty Ponygirl: Dear Mr. Robertson: We here at the Holy Book of the Month club are very excited that you have been enjoying our flagship Holy Book “The Old Testament” so thoroughly. Many readers have become quite enamoured of it, as a dark, brooding tale of sin and vengeance from an

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house purchasing news

Insurance is paid, floor should be done Wednesday as well as follow-up appraisal. Closing tomorrow afternoon. How am I ever going to kill the next two days waiting? This is worst than any Christmas ever. With the luck I’ve had so far, the floor won’t pass the appraisal and the closing will be pushed back.

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insurance done

Don’t pay attention to my last post; I was freaking out because I was having a hard time lining up my insurance. But I got it done. There are some things I’m going to have to do in a different order than I originally planned as far as big expenditures go, and some things will

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More last-minute frustration

Really, why does this have to be so hard? If it’s not one thing, it’s another, and the problems just keep multiplying and pushing back any resolution. No wonder I never tried to buy a house before now. And honestly, I wouldn’t recommend the idea to anyone else. If I hadn’t made such a commitment

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Last minute house fixing items

Everything seems to be falling apart at the last minute. The insurance agent I lined up suddenly came back with a price that’s twice what she originally quoted to me, so I have to scramble to get another insurance agent before next week. Also, the appraiser is asking for the owner to fix part of

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Bon Jovi?

So, do you think that David Kelley happened to see an HBO rerun of “Moonlight and Valentino” and, because he couldn’t think of anything new to write, decided to lift part of the plot and drop it in Ally McBeal, Bon Jovi and all?

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Closing date

So my close date on the new house is probably January 23rd, which seems like forever but is only nine days away. Very cool! The appraisal’s done, so I just have to find out how much it is, and get the insurance paid for, and everything is pretty much set.

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I’m Going To Be on TV

So, yes, I’m going to be on television at 5:50 am tomorrow morning, on channel 8 Daybreak news, with Dick Wolfsie and Barney the Dog. He’s interviewing me about my Big Things Photo Gallery from the Ralph’s Muffler shop on 16th street where Mr. Bendo is located. Set your VCR!!!

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house loan approved

So my loan is approved. The inspection today was good, and unless something unexpected comes up, it looks like everything’s a go on the house. I just have to get the insurance set up, the sewer line fixed, and the appraisal done. If all goes well, I might get to close early. Very cool.

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Enron investigation

Okay, politics: We need a special investigator looking into Enron and examining the involvement of the current presidential administration in the company. War aside, this isn’t the kind of thing that can be overlooked. And the other thing we need is some explanation of the election reform process that will be in place before the

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Sewer Lines and Inspections

We found a good quote on the sewer line, so that’s one hurdle out of the way, now I’m just waiting on the loan stuff. I’m going for a different kind of loan to make the house a bit easier to get, but the loan itself is tougher to qualify for than the other loan

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Accepted Offer

Okay, so I have an accepted offer. 🙂 Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods yet. I have to find someone to fix a cracked sewer line for less than $2,500, and I have to hope to god my loan stuff goes through. Otherwise, I’m screwed again. I just wish I were having fun getting

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house buying woes

So… once again I’m at that crucial point where I have an offer on the table and things aren’t going well. In this case, the seller isn’t willing to give anything in the negotiations at all, and I’m basically walking in screwed from the start. Looks like I’m going to lose another one, which will

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Zombie

Don the Beachcomber’s Zombie, From the book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails

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